8th GRADERS ENTERING 9th GRADE: MHA considers students through a limited unscreened method. This means that priority for admission is given to students who attend a high school fair or an information session at Murray Hill Academy. Attendance at these events is documented, so all students interested in a school are required to sign in with a representative of that school. The limited unscreened admissions method is intended to reward informed decision-making by promoting attendance at information sessions and other school-based events. Students apply to MHA the same way they apply to other public high schools: by listing their small school choices on their Application for Admission to High School due in December. 

FAST TRACK PROGRAM TO GRADUATION: Interview criteria: If you are less than 16 years of age, have less than 8 credits, and belong to cohort 2013, we can arrange for an interview. Please contact our school and we will be happy to let you know more about this special program that will allow you to graduate with your original cohort. 


Know what is right for your child. Recognizing that some young adults flourish in different types of learning environments, we recommend that you consider the following: 

  • Which factors are most important to you in identifying high school options?

  • How does your child learn best?

  • Does your child like to spend time in big groups or small groups?

  • What types of extracurricular activities (including sports and clubs) would help round out your child’s academic experience?

  • How far are you willing to commute? Use to estimate travel time to and from schools and programs of interest.


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Q: Does my 8th grade child have to apply to a high school? 

A: Yes, if your child wishes to attend a New York City Public High School. Every public school 8th grader receives a High School application from their guidance counselor in the fall. High school applications are also distributed to New York City private and parochial schools. Even if a student knows where he/she wishes to attend, he/she must apply by submitting a High School Application to become part of the admissions process. 

Q: When do students apply to high school? 

A: The high school admissions process begins in the early fall for 8th graders and 9th graders who are either entering high school or wish to consider another school for 10th grade. High School applications are due back to guidance counselors in early December. We encourage students to start learning about high schools and the admissions process as early as 6th grade. For a complete high school admissions calendar, please visit the calendar of events. 

Q: How do I know if a school can provide services for my child who has special needs? 

A: There are a variety of schools meeting the needs of students with special needs. Meet with your child’s guidance counselor to discuss the many programs available to meet the needs of your child. The High School Directory also identifies services available to students with special needs. 

Q: How do I decide which school(s) to apply to? 

A: As you evaluate high school programs, we recommend that you consider the following questions: 

  • Where is the school located? What is the travel time?

  • What are the admissions priorities and selection criteria for the school?

  • How many students attend the school?

  • What academic programs are offered?

  • What extracurricular activities, clubs and sports are offered?

  • Is a test or audition required to gain admission?

  • What opportunities are there for parental involvement and engagement?

  • What after-school academic support is available to students?

  • Does the school provide any assistance in transitioning students into high school?

  • What types of services are available to English Language Learners (ELLs) at the school?

Q: What can I do if my child is new to New York City? 

A: For more information about new student registration and the documents required for registration, please visit our New Students website. 

Q: How do I apply to New York City public schools if I am in a private or parochial school? 

A: Students interested in applying to New York City public schools should speak with their guidance counselor at their middle school. High School applications and materials will be available through the guidance counselors in the fall of 8th grade. 

Q: How can I get more information about high school programs and the high school admissions process? 

A: There are a wide variety of ways to learn more about high school programs and the high school admissions process: 

  • For general information about the high school admissions process, please visit the High School Admissions website.

  • Consult the High School Directory, available in print format at admissions events and Borough Enrollment Offices or online.

  • Attend Citywide and Borough High School Fairs. For dates, see the admissions calendar.

  • Attend school Information Sessions and Open House events. Please contact Murray Hill Academy for details.

  • Discuss your options and questions with your school guidance counselor.