The Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School are public high schools established and run by the New York City Board of Education to serve the needs of academically gifted students. New York State Education Law makes a written examination a requirement for admission to the science high schools. Places are awarded to those students who earn the highest scores on the entrance exam, the Specialized Science High Schools Admissions Test.
Although each of the specialized high schools has its own unique features, all three emphasize mathematics and science, offering many intriguing electives and a wide range of advanced placement courses. Of course, each school also offers all the basic New York State - required academic courses that every student needs for success in college and beyond.
The exciting and academically challenging atmosphere of the specialized science high schools stimulates both the students and the teachers. Enrichment courses are available in the humanities as well as in the sciences and technology.
The New York City Specialized Science High Schools Admissions Test (SSHSAT) is offered to all eighth and ninth grade students residing within the five boroughs of New York City who wish to attend the Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, or Stuyvesant High School. The same examination is given for all three schools, and students who qualify may attend the school of their choice. The qualifying score depends upon the number of seats available and the scores of all the candidates. The tests are graded and arranged in order of rank, from the highest score to the lowest score. Each school has a number of freshman and sophomore seats to fill. Seats are filled starting with the highest test scores. When all available seats have been filled, the cutoff mark is determined.
Students who miss the cutoff of their first-choice school may be assigned to their second-choice school if their score is above the cutoff for that school. This procedure continues until all seats in all three schools have been filled.
It is required that students take the exam at the designated school in their borough. Applications for the exam and information about the three specialized high schools are available at all New York City schools serving eighth and ninth graders. The SSHSAT is administered early in October of each year. Students are notified of their acceptance into one of the science high schools the following March.