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How do I apply to Townsend Harris?
Your current school submits the NYC High School Application to the Department of Education. The Department of Education then sends your application to us. On the application, your school includes your 7th grade class grades and your 7th grade standardized Reading and Math results.

What if I am applying for a 10th grade seat?
Your current school submits 8th grade results (class grades and standardized Reading and Math scores.)  Same criteria as incoming 9th graders.
Can I transfer in to 11th or 12th grade?
We do not accept transfers after 10th grade.

Do I have to list Townsend Harris as #1 on the application form?
You do not have to put Townsend Harris first. List your school choices in your order of preference.

Do I need to take a test to get into your school?
There is no admission test for Townsend Harris.

I did not attend public school in 7th grade. What standardized exams do I submit?
Parochial schools give the Terra Nova. Private schools give tests such as the Stanford or ERB. Your school will submit these results. If your school does not give any standardized exam at all, you can be tested privately and submit the results to us.

Do scores on both standardized exams (ELA/Reading and Mathematics) have to be a minimum of 90th percentile?

All my class grades except one are above 90. Do I need a minimum grade of 90 in every subject?
No. You need an overall minimum average of 90.

What courses do you include in the average?
English, Math, Social Studies, and Science are included in the average. Language is also included if a Language class is listed on your application.

I was absent from school for an extended period of time because of illness or family issues. Will you still consider my application?
Ask your counselor to indicate “Extenuating Circumstances” on your high school application.

What types of transportation are available to reach the school?
We are accessible by NYC Transit buses. There are no private buses that bring students to our school from other boroughs.

Should I send a letter of recommendation?
No. We do not read letters of recommendation.

When is the deadline to apply?
Deadlines are set by your current school. Check with your counselor.