BCNY’s High School Access initiative aims to help members and their families find the most appropriate high school for their academic goals.
High School Access academically prepares sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students to navigate the New York City high school application process. After completing an academic profile, members and their families will meet with education staff to evaluate academic goals and high school prospects. BCNY will then recommend programs and academic support services based on academic goals and high school aspirations.
High School Access services will include individual counseling, workshops, parent information sessions, test prep, tutoring, application assistance, essay writing, interview prep, and financial aid counseling.
To learn more, contact your Director of High School Access (HSA).
Opportunities for High School Access Participants
To support High School Access participants, the following programs and opportunities are offered year-round:
- Test Prep & Tutoring
- Parent Workshops
- FAFSA/Scholarship Workshops
- Student Leadership Workshops
- Financial Literacy Guidance
- Interview Prep with Alumni, Donors, and Education Staff
- High School Campus Tours
- Community Service Opportunities
- Alumni Networking
- Access to High School Fairs
Types of New York City High Schools
- New York City Public High School
To apply students use the General High School Application. There is no test required for these schools.
- New York City Charter Schools
Each charter school has a separate application. Admission is based on a lottery. No test is required for entry.
- New York City Specialized High School
There are nine Specialized High Schools in New York City. Admission to eight of them is based solely on a student’s score on the SHSAT standardized test. The ninth school is an arts high school and requires an audition.
- New York City Private High School
To apply to a private (day) high school students are required to fill out an application including a middle school transcript, an essay and teacher recommendations, submit to an interview and take the ISEE/SSAT standard test.
- Boarding School
To apply to a private boarding school students are required to fill out an application including a middle school transcript, an essay and teacher recommendations, submit to an interview and take the SSAT standard test.
- Parochial School
To apply to one of the 46 Catholic schools in New York City students must take the Test for Admission to Catholic High School (TACHS) offered in November each year. Students must complete an application that includes an interview, essay, and recommendations.
The ISP program is now a part of the High School Access initiative. Read more about the history of ISP here.