Kudos to the principal of Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences for putting together this remarkable document. Not only does he share his school’s individual rubric for ranking students, he clearly explains how the whole system works. This should be mandatory reading for all families in the beginning of 7th grade: 

CLICK HERE for the Leon M. Goldstein rubric/awesome explanation.

NOTE: this is ONE SCHOOL’S method of ranking. Keep in mind that EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL (expect the 8 test in specialized schools) has it’s own admissions rubric. Some post it on their website, some hand it out at HS fairs. Some don’t share it anywhere. They are supposed to be public and it’s something you can certainly ask about on tours/open houses. If you come across any, please share. I’m going to post the ones I have on the HS411 website.



It’s already time to start populating fall calendars. Stuyvesant and Bronx Science have their fall open house info posted.

Bronx Science:

Wednesday, October 3, time TBD

This works the same as their spring open house. You show up and escort yourself around the building. They ask families to sign up (that link isn’t posted yet), but they don’t check anyone in. 


Tuesday, October 9, 5-8pm
Manhattan and Brooklyn families

Wednesday, October 10, 5-8pm,
Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island families

If you can’t make it to the night you’re supposed to, borough-wise, no worries. Just go to the other open house. Stuy’s open house is open. There are no sign ups. This open house is also a tour. You wait outside the school on a seriously long line and are brought first into their auditorium, where you hear from the principal and some others. Then you’ll tour the building with student tour guides. 

NOTE: all specialized high schools host open houses. Last year they took place in the 3 weeks before the SHSAT. As soon as more dates are publishes, I’ll let you know.

And, in case you forget to mark this info down somewhere, it’ll be posted in the IMPORTANT DATES section of the HS411 website.