Welcome to High School Admissions
COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, NYC is updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:
- The high school application will open the week of January 18, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.
We are working closely with the DOE Enrollment office to solidify our screening process. We will continue to update this page, we appreciate your patience.
Our Selection Criteria 2021
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 6th-grade standardized-test scores, final report card grades, and 7th grade marking period grades. Admission for entering tenth-grade students is based on 7th-grade standardized-test scores, final report card grades, and 8th grade marking period grades.
|9th Grade Admission||Percentage||10th Grade Admission||Percentage|
|6th Grade ELA/Math State Test Scores||40%||7th Grade ELA/Math State Test Scores||40%|
|6th Grade Final Grades||50%||7th Grade Final Grades||50%|
|7th Grade Marking Period Grades||10%||8th Grade Marking Period Grades||10%|
All applicants will be ranked according to their composite rubric score, as follows:
Rank of 1 = 91 - 100%
Rank of 2 = 86 - 90%
Rank of 3 = 81 - 85%
Rank of 4 = 76 - 80%
Rank of 5 = 71 - 75%
Rank of 6 = 66 - 70%
Rank of 7 = Below 66%
Among all applicants with the same rank, starting with the rank of 1, low-income applicants (students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch) are considered equally and randomly for the first 50% of offers.
Then, the remaining applicants with the same rank (both low-income and non-low-income) are considered equally and randomly for the remaining 50% of offers. This is done separately for general education students and students with IEPs.
How to Apply
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 this link: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school/high-school-admissions-video-series
NYCDOE Tip: For a more detailed look at how offers are made to screened and audition programs, watch the video "How Students Get Offers to Screened Schools and the Specialized High Schools" on our website.
Check out our Virtual Open House Page!