New York City teens are lucky. While in most other places, high-school options are limited to your local 9-12, with perhaps a single magnet program (at this point, NYC parents are thinking: "What's so unlucky about that? You think having to wade through a few hundred potential institutions is preferable?"), NYC teens can look for high-schools based on a variety of interests.
If art happens to be what they've set their heart on, there is, of course the famous (thanks, "Fame") Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. But, that's not all. NYC also boasts a High School of Fashion Industries, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the High School of Art & Design.
Getting into any of the above requires either an audition, where students are brought into a testing room in groups and directed regarding what to draw, or a portfolio of previous work - sometimes both. The test artwork and the portfolios are evaluated by the schools' teachers. At LaGuardia, they are graded on a scale of 1 through 5, with 5 being the best. Students may write explanations about their work, such as the medium used, the inspiration, and anything else you might think relevant. There is also a chance for a brief, oral consultation.
But, in the end, the work has to speak for itself.
Naturally, this being NYC - home of preparatory courses for four year olds to take an IQ test - there are also classes to help teens assemble their portfolios in order to present themselves in the best possible light.
Some of the places boast a 90% acceptance rate!
Check out the list at Mommy Poppins, here.