The High School Admissions Process Starts in Seventh Grade

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Seventh grade is one of the most important years in a child’s educational journey. It is the result of what happens in seventh grade that determines the high school a student will qualify to attend. It is vital that in the students’ seventh-grade year that they not only have very good grades and test scores but also few absences and tardies, to be able to access these schools.

There are a lot of notable high schools in New York City. Quite a few of them are located in Queens. The tables below list five of the best high schools in Queens as well as five of the best high school programs in Queens.

Queens High Schools and Their Requirements

 

School

Attendance (A)

Punctuality (P)

Course Grades Standardized Test Scores  

Other

Baccalaureate School of Global Education  

A

 

93–100

 

ELA

 

3.4–4.5

 

Math

 

4.0–4.5

 

Bard High School Early College Queens

 

 

 

85 or above

 

 

Math Test and Writing Exercise given on-site.

Interview required. Apply in September of eighth-grade year at www.bard.edu/early
college
 

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

 

 

Depending on discipline,

79/87–100.

 

ELA

 

2.3/2.7–4.5

 

 

Audition

 

Math

 

2.3/2.8–4.5

 

Townsend Harris High School

 

A

 

94–100

 

ELA

 

4.0–4.5

 

 

Math

 

4.0–4.5

 

 

 

Scholars Academy

 

A/P

Admissions screened. They do not post scores.

Queens High School Specialized Programs and Their Requirements

 

School

 

Specialized Program

Attendance (A)

Punctuality (P)

 

Course Grades

Standardized Test Scores  

Other

 

Bayside High School

 

 

Environmental Engineering & Technology

 

 

A/P

 

Math

 

88–100

 

ELA

 

3.0–4.5

 

Science

 

88–100

 

Math

 

3.3–4.5

 

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo High School

 

DaVinci Science/Math Research Institute

 

 

A

 

 

Math

 

90–100

 

ELA

 

2.9–4.5

 

Honors and/or accelerated coursework in Math and Science

 

 

Science

 

 

90–100

 

Math

 

3.9–4.5

 

 

Forest Hills High School

 

 

Carl Sagan

STEM Honors Academy

 

 

A/P

 

 

ELA/SS

 

87–100

 

ELA

 

3.0–4.5

 

Math/Sci

 

88–100

 

Math

 

3.5–4.5

 

 

Francis Lewis High School

 

 

 

Engineering & Robotics

 

 

A

 

ELA

 

88–100

 

ELA

 

3.0–4.5

 

SS

 

89–100

 

Math

 

3.9–4.5

 

Math/Sci

 

90–100

 

 

Francis Lewis High School

 

 

University Scholars

 

 

A

 

ELA

 

3.2–4.5

 

Math

 

3.4–4.5

 

In seventh grade, students need to start prepping for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) that is administered in October of eighth grade. This is the only requirement to get into one of the eight specialized high schools, e.g., York Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Technical High School, or Stuyvesant High School.

Some middle schools are not teaching the level of Algebra and Geometry needed to pass the SHSAT. It is important that a student obtains that foundation from a tutor, test prep classes, or online self-paced practice resources. The best way to prepare for the ELA section is to read—and read a lot!

Hunter College High School

For Hunter College High School, the most important year is fifth grade. It is the result of what happens on the fifth-grade state ELA and Math test that determines if a student qualifies to take the admissions test. Hunter College High School’s criteria for ELA is at least a 350 scale score, and for Math at least a 355 scale score. The deadline to apply to take the test is early November of 6th grade. For students who attend independent and parochial schools, there is a list of tests that they accept. For more information, visit https://www.hunterschools.org/page/high-school/admissions/high-school-admissions.

Knowing this information ahead of time can best prepare our students before they make their school selections in November of eighth grade.

Next month’s article…Strategies to Help Our Students Improve Their Math Test Scores!

 

Allison Shillingford is the founder of Navigate the Maze to Achievement, a non-profit that prepares under-represented students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and supports students academically and socially while in high school.

 

 

 

 

 

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