View Full Version : All NYC High School Hustle: Get ready, get set, prep?

09-13-2010, 01:38 PM
An excerpt from the Inside Schools post (http://insideschools.org/blog/2010/09/13/high-school-hustle-get-ready-get-set-prep/) by Liz Willen:
On their first day back at middle school last week, my eighth-grade son and his classmates heard three words many have been dreading all summer: high school admissions.

“Can you believe they made us talk about it on the first day?’’ he said glumly afterward, unwilling to concede summer’s end so quickly.

It’s already time to decide if they want to register for the exam that determines who gets into some of the most competitive high schools in the U.S.

Welcome back.

At 13, most of these New York City middle schoolers are already experienced veterans of school choice. Like it or not, they hear hundreds of conversations about schools from parents, teachers, classmates and siblings. In fifth grade, they likely toured up to a dozen or more middle schools. And they are getting ready to go back on the tour circuit again in the coming weeks, preparing portfolios in some cases and getting ready to be interviewed in others.

Already, the first decision looms: Signing up for the Specialized High School Admission Test, known as the SHSAT, the exam that determines who gets into the city’s oversized high schools with outsized national reputations...

The test scores of students who take the exams – along with the way they rank the schools if they test high enough — will decide admission into one of eight of the city’s specialized high schools: Stuyvesant High School (in Manhattan), Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, Staten Island Tech, and Brooklyn Latin, plus three small specialized high schools located on CUNY campuses: High School of American Studies at Lehman College (in the Bronx), the High School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at City College (in Manhattan), and the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College).

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