These New York City schools admit students based solely on their scores on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). They rank among the nation’s most competitive and demanding high schools

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Enrollment 491
Graduation rate 100%
Average SAT Score 1416

High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College

Located in the heart of Manhattan, this specialized high school offers a more intimate option than most other specialized high schools. Students looking for an elite STEM education in Manhattan, with a significantly smaller and more diverse student body than Stuyvesant may find HSMSE ideal.

240 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031
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Enrollment 3316
Graduation rate 99.4%
Average SAT Score 1501

Stuyvesant High School

Equally famous for its well-known alumni as it is for its academic rigor, Stuyvesant is not only the most prestigious public high school in the specialized high school system, but possibly all of the United States. With large grade sizes and a competitive environment, Stuy is often the most represented high school across all Universities in the Ivy League.

345 Chambers St, New York, NY 10282
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Enrollment 3016
Graduation rate 100%
Average SAT Score 1457

Bronx High school for Science and Technology

Since its founding in 1939, students from Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan have flocked to this larger STEM focused school. Generations of alumni have reached the height of fields across the sciences. Eight alumni have even received Nobel prizes – the most of any high school in the world! Students who want a demanding education full of elective options excel at Bronx Science.

75 W 205th St, Bronx, NY 10468
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Enrollment 411
Graduation rate 99%
Average SAT Score 1427

High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Anchored by its 99.9% college matriculation rate and a large selection of AP classes, High School of American studies boasts a #1 ranking for public high schools across New York State. As the only specialized high school specializing in the social sciences, High School of American Studies is ideal for the high achiever whos interests lie in history, journalism, sociology, political science, or any other social studies field. With the smallest grade sizes of any specialized high school, High School of American Studies often has the greatest fluctuation in the SHSAT cutoff score.

2925 Goulden Ave, Bronx, NY 10468
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Enrollment 5937
Graduation rate 99%
Average SAT Score 1403

Brooklyn Technical High School

Have you dreamed of attending a large, elite public research university? If nearly limitless class options excite you, and a massive student body doesn’t intimidate you, then Brooklyn Tech may be the school for you. Brooklyn tech has classes, clubs, and teams for every type of student, but is best for students who are independent and not afraid of large groups.

29 Fort Greene Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Enrollment 698
Graduation rate 99.4%
Average SAT Score 1362

The Brooklyn Latin School

Students who visit Brooklyn Latin are often impressed with the eloquence of the student body. Brooklyn Latin is the only specialized high school with a focus on the humanities and persuasive communication. Brooklyn Latin bolsters this classical curriculum with a full International Baccalaureate program, ensuring every student has access to elite classes in all disciplines.

223 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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Enrollment 1331
Graduation rate 100%
Average SAT Score 1447

Staten Island Technical High School

Students outside New York’s fifth largest borough are increasingly becoming aware of what Staten Island residents have long known: Staten Island Tech is an elite school that offers a friendly, intimate learning environment. Staten Island Tech’s principle has been known to respond to student and parent emails nearly automatically at all time of the day – and even at night!

485 Clawson St, Staten Island, NY 10306
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Enrollment 483
Graduation rate 100%
Average SAT Score 1452

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

One of three specialized high schools located on a college campus, Queens high school for the Sciences offers a small intimate learning environment. Students here take two classes of science at a time and are able to work on science projects with faculty at York College. If you live in Queens and want a smaller STEM focused high school, then visiting Queens High School for the Sciences should be a priority!

94-50 159th St, Jamaica, NY 11451
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