Applying to High Schools

High School Admissions Overview

At Mott Hall, it is our goal to support our students and families in the High School Admissions process. Please check this site frequently for support, resources, and more!

Questions? Reach out to our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Benjamin ( or reach out to the HS Admissions office directly (

Key Dates for the 23/24 Admissions Process

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023: High School Application & Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) Registration Opens

  • Friday, October 27, 2023: SHSAT Registration Closes

  • Saturday & Sunday, November 18-19, 2023: SHSAT Weekend Testing (Days 1 &2)

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2023: SHSAT School Day Testing
    • Note: Mott Hall is a SHSAT testing site.

  • Friday, December 1, 2023: High School Application Closes

  • Sunday, December 3, 2023: SHSAT Weekend Testing (Day 3)

  • Saturday, December 9, 2023: SHSAT Weekend Testing (Day 4) 

  • Thursday, March 7, 2024: High School Offer Release

Manhattan Arts High Schools: Helpful Resource + Webinar Recording

Check out this resource from a group of Manhattan-based art-focused high schools including:

  • LaGuardia HS
  • Gramercy Arts HS
  • Repertory Company HS for Theatre Arts
  • HS of Art & Design
  • Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts
  • Professional Performing Arts School
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • Talent Unlimited HS
  • Special Music School
  • Arts & Tech HS
  • Lower Manhattan Arts Academy
  • HS for Fashion Industries

Manhattan Arts High Schools Brochure:

NYC Public School HS Admissions: Central Updates

We are excited to invite you to join us for one of our upcoming virtual information sessions about high school admissions in New York City! All NYC families with eighth graders (as well as interested families of first-time ninth graders) are encouraged to attend.During these sessions, you will learn how to explore high schools and build a balanced application, how to register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), how to audition for arts programs, including LaGuardia High School, and how offers are made. After each presentation, we will respond to your questions. The High School Application and SHSAT registration will open on Tuesday, October 3. 


  • Wednesday, October 4 (6pm – 7pm) - The Testing Specialized High Schools: How to register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and how offers to these schools are made. Interpretation available in Chinese (Cantonese), Haitian Creole, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). 
  • Wednesday, October 11 (6pm – 7pm) - High School Admissions General Event: An overview of the admissions process, from how to access your MySchools account to the best strategies for completing your application. Interpretation available in Bangla, Spanish, Urdu, and ASL.
  • Friday, October 13 (3pm – 4pm) - High School Admissions General Event: Interpretation available in Chinese (Mandarin), Haitian Creole, Russian, and ASL.
  • Thursday, October 19 (6pm – 7pm) - High School Admissions General Event, in Spanish
  • Tuesday, October 24 (6pm – 7pm) -High School Admissions General Event, in Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Thursday, October 26 (6pm – 7pm) - High School Admissions General Event: Interpretation available in Arabic, French, Korean, and ASL.


  • Join us on Zoom by clicking at the start of each event.
  • Webinar Id: 971 5924 2580, Passcode 123456 or
  • Call in at US: + 1 646 558 8656
  • Conference line: 97159242580#
  • Passcode: 123456#

We look forward to having you join our events and encourage you to stay connected, questions, please email wishes,The High School Admissions TeamOffice of Student Enrollment 

From our partners at NY Presbyterian - Northern Manhattan High School Fair


Event: New Vision/CUNY-Urban Assembly High School Fairs (9/26, 10/3, 10/11)