Getting Into American Studies

The High School of American Studies at Lehman College, along with the Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn Latin High School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School were established under New York State Law 2590 section-G to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.

Admission is based solely on a competitive  examination, known as the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), open to all eighth and ninth grade New York City students. All applicants must be New York City residents in order to take the examination.

The Admissions Cycle for the 2018-19 School Year  Test dates for the Specialized High School Admissions Test have not been posted as of July 2018, but the dates from last year will give you an idea as to what to expect for the next round of tests:

Test locations include Bronx Science High School, Suyvesant High School, Long Island City High School, Brooklyn Tech, and Staten Island Technical High School

Please refer to the following Department of Education website, entitled, High School Admissions, for more information.

The New York City Department of Education publishes a handbook with details of all nine Specialized High Schools, test dates and locations, and two sample tests. It is available through your guidance counselor or online through the Department of Education Web site.

The High School of American Studies is strictly forbidden from distributing applications. APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED ONLY FROM THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR OF YOUR CURRENT SCHOOL.