View Full Version : All NYC No small feat getting into Townsend Harris High School; 3,000 8th graders list it as first choice.

10-18-2010, 09:11 AM
This from NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/10/17/2010-10-17_high_on_their_list_queens_hs_top_pick_for_8thgr aders.html) by Rachel Monahan:
Forget about applying to college - competition is just as intense for a seat at this New York public high school.

Townsend Harris High School in Queens had spots for fewer than 10% of the students who listed it as their first choice for this school year, stats show.

The Queens school wasn't only the most competitive for the class of 2014 - it also had nearly 3,000 first-choice applications, the most of any nonspecialized high school.

"We are very fortunate to have talented and motivated kids and they want to be in the company of kids that have the same talents and ambitions," said Principal Kenneth Bonamo, crediting the school's success in part to its size.

"Eleven hundred is big enough to offer a variety of courses and activities but small enough that everyone knows each other."

New York requires kids entering high school to rank each choice, and the Daily News obtained the most recent numbers.

Townsend Harris was the top pick of the city's 395 regular public high schools. The city's nine selective schools - which require admissions tests or an audition - weren't included in the rankings.

The school, which focuses on the humanities, accepts top-notch students with a 90 or above average, excellent attendance and great standardized-test scores.

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