OUR SELECTION CRITERIA
Townsend Harris students are life-long achievers. Their dedication to personal development and academic discipline begins long before they reach our school and continues long after.
Students from all five boroughs of New York City are eligible to apply to Townsend Harris and are selected through a competitive screening process rather than by a single entrance exam. Admission for entering ninth-grade students is based on 7th-grade standardized-test scores, final report card grades, and attendance. Admission for entering tenth-grade students is based on 8th-grade standardized-test scores, final report card grades, and attendance.
To be considered for admission, students must have:
Admission is highly competitive.
Have a minimum overall average of 90%.
(Students who have higher scores are more likely to be selected.)
Excellent standardized test scores.
(Students who have higher scores are more likely to be selected. ELA and Math test results will not be the sole, primary or major factor in admissions decisions, consistent with applicable law. Instead, multiple measures, which may include State test results, will be used to make admissions decisions for screened/audition programs)
All students need excellent attendance and punctuality.
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Monday, November 4th, 2019
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We use a combination of the criteria above to select the strongest candidates.
(Students with higher averages and scores are much more likely to be selected.)
Students apply to Townsend Harris through their home school, whether it is public or private. For more information on the admission process, see your current counselor and/or use the link below.