Aside from checking out schools themselves, there are plenty of ways for you to check out more info. The links below are terrific resources, but keep in mind that many of them are just parts of a larger picture - every school is multi-faceted and can be looked at in a variety of ways.
The Department of Education’s (DOE) website is a good place to start for information about the process: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/High/default.htm
The DOE’s High School Directory is the source of school facts (keep in mind, there have been known to be some errors in the book): https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2019nychsdirectorycitywideenglish
There’s a separate section with info about the specialized high schools: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/specialized-high-schools
The DOE has a “happening next” event calendar on the high school home page: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school
There’s also the NYC School Finder at: http://schoolfinder.nyc.gov which gives you info about specific schools you search for.
The DOE put together a School Performance site, that makes it easy to up up stats for each school: https://tools.nycenet.edu/dashboard/
You can look at DOE Quality Reports: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/search-results?keyword=doe%20quality%20reports
You can check out individual school’s Fair Student Funding percentages at: https://www.nycenet.edu/publicapps/Offices/FSF/OverviewReports.aspx
The DOE is expanding it’s Diversity in Admissions initiative: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/meeting-student-needs/diversity-in-admissions
Anecdotal Specialized High School Cut-off Scores: http://www.theschoolboards.com/showthread.php/4215-Specialized-High-School-SHSAT-Cutoff-Scores-for-2017
Helpful and pretty realisitc school reviews (don’t get sucked into the comments): https://insideschools.org
Subscribe to the DOE Newsletters of your choice (the high school admissions one
can be helpful):
And, you can also be in touch DOE high school experts at: (718) 935-2399 or email HSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.