Competitive Screened Programs

This page will help you to learn more about top high school programs that are non-specialized. With the exception of Hunter College High School, all other screened programs require you to apply through NYC Department of Education High School application typically due at the start of December of the child’s 8th grade year. Sign up for one of our programs to get ready for any exams, interviews and to better understand the admissions process. Click here! Many of these programs will base their admissions criterion on the child’s 7th grade performance so starting the preparation process earlier will make a huge difference.


Bard high school early college

Bard High School Early College is a four-year public school that provides students with a two-year, tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credits and an associate's degree from Bard College. They have two campuses: one in Manhattan and one in Queens. Application Process: Math and writing assessment, interview, excellent 7th grade performance based on grades (88+ average), attendance and punctuality, there is also an optional letter of recommendation

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hunter college high school

Hunter College High School (HCHS) is a part of the Hunter College Campus Schools, the laboratory schools of the City University of New York administered by Hunter College. Our high school serves students in grades 7-12. The only entry year for HCHS is 7th grade. The HCHS Entrance Exam is open only to students who are New York City residents* (at the time of application) AND who have earned a qualifying score on the 5th grade NYS Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests (90th percentile and above). Qualifying scores are subject to change each year. (*NOTE: Applicants must reside within the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application submission. Residents of any Long Island, Westchester, or New Jersey counties are not eligible to apply.). There is a $70 application fee or a reduced fee of $20 for low income families.



Located on the Lower East Side of NYC, NEST+m is the only K-12 public school located in Manhattan, and it educates gifted and talented students from all 5 boroughs. Our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools are consistently ranked in the top schools in NYC based on standardized test scores. Admissions: Exceptional 7th grade performance. 89+ average on report card, 3.6+ average for Math and ELA state exams, attendance and punctuality


Beacon high school

With a brand new building now located in Hell’s Kitchen, Beacon has upped the ante on their ability to produce college ready students. This high school presents a phenomenal opportunity for any high-achieving middle schooler. Now located at 522 W 44th Street New York, NY Admissions: Submit a portfolio including five items 7th grade report card, 7th grade Math and ELA state exam scores, Two-part essay and Student work sample. Grades must be 85+ in each of the four core subjects and a 3+ on the state exams