Earlier this year, the NY Gifted Education Examiner revealed what was on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) that eighth graders need to take to be considered for schools like Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Latin, Staten Island Tech, City College High School, High School of American Studies, and Queens' High School of the Sciences. Read our analysis, here.
Next, we wrote about what is on the exam to attend New Explorations in Science, Technology + math High School (NEST+m), here.
Today, we focus on Beacon High School.
According to their website: Beacon offers a dynamic, inquiry-based curriculum for all students that exceeds standards set by the New York State Regents. Technology and arts are infused throughout the college preparatory curriculum. Each year students must present performance-based projects to panels of teachers, and pass New State Regents tests and community service to graduate. Our focus on technology and arts reflects the strengths we believe students need in an ever-expanding and complex world. Arts instruction and technology are infused throughout the curriculum so that students can maximize the ways in which they see, represent, and impact their world.
Beacon is a selective high school, meaning that in addition to meeting academic requirements such as an 85 or above average and scores of 3s and 4s on standardized tests, students must also submit a portfolio of previous work, including an essay, and sit for an interview.
What the website does not mention is that, when they come for their scheduled interview, students will be asked to write another essay on-site.
This year, the required topic of the single-spaced, one page essay was: Discuss your admiration for a character in either a book or a movie.
Students were instructed to make sure their attempt included an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
For more about Beacon High School, visit InsideSchools.org.