what to expect when it comes to info about tour/open house postings

I’ve been hearing from people about when things kick into high gear when it comes to individual schools posted info on their websites about tours/open houses.

Great question. Again, keep in mind that EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL handles things their own individualized way and that things don’t always stay the same from year to year.

I’ve noticed every year posting gets a bit earlier. Last year some schools were posting info mid August and many had stuff up before classes started after Labor Day. A few examples: some schools will let you know in advance when sign ups will start (Bard Manhattan for example), others post info with no warning (like Millennium Manhattan). Bard Queens used to have some pretty frenetic sign ups but last year ditched signing up altogether and now people can just show up. LaGuardia only started hosting open houses 2 years ago and are still figuring things out, plus they have a new principal. Last year they posted info mid summer. This year there’s nothing up yet.

I’m already checking to see if anything goes up, but this is still early. If you see anything or have any questions, please be in touch.



specialized high school handbooks

A parent tracked down a link to the new version of the specialized high school handbook, which is not on the DOE website anywhere. You can find it here:

https://cdn-blob-prd.azureedge.net/prd-pws/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2020-shs-handbook---english-243498666.pdf

Last year’s specialized high school handbook is still the one on the DOE website:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2019-shsat-student-handbooks.pdf

Last year’s has FAR MORE INFO. The new version ditched specific info about each school, which is super helpful. I’m assuming this was to keep the printed handbook smaller and that missing info is online at the MySchools site, where you’ll need to search by each individual school.

HOW TO FIND SPECIFIC SCHOOL INFO AT MYSCHOOLS:

At the very bottom of the website page you’ll find a School Directory link:

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That will take you to a BROWSE page:

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Which will take you to a search page:

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From there you can search for individual schools. On THIS PAGE you’ll find info like performance, academics, activities and more. All the info that was in last year’s specialized high school handbook.

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