High School Application Information 10/13/23

Learn About Programs in High SchoolsWhen you apply to high school, you are not just applying to schools: you are applying to programs. Think of a program as a doorway to get into the school. If a school has multiple programs, you can apply to more than one program at that school. For instance, a school might have an arts program and a technology program; if you were interested in both dancing and computer science you might apply to both programs at the same school. They would count as two different program choices.Schools’ MySchools pages include detailed program information. Browse these sections to find programs that interest you. Program information can also help you figure out your chances of getting an offer to a specific program: learn more under the tab “Know Your Chances.”

  • Click a program name to display its information. During the application period, you can click the stars next to program names to save them as your favorites.
  • You can also add up to 12 programs to your high school application.

Interest AreasAll New York City public high school programs offer a broad liberal arts education. Additionally, most programs focus on up to two interest areas, such as architecture or science and math, and they may offer additional courses in that subject or field. Many but not all programs’ interest areas are also part of their names. You can find a programs’ interest area(s) in its school listing in MySchools.Schools offer programs in the following 22 interest areas. All programs include courses across a wide range of subjects. Programs listed as “humanities & interdisciplinary” or “zoned” do not emphasize a particular interest area:

  • Animal science
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer science and technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary arts
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Film/video
  • Health professions
  • Hospitality, travel, and tourism
  • Humanities and interdisciplinary
  • Law and government
  • Performing arts
  • Performing arts/visual art and design
  • Project-based learning
  • Science and math
  • Teaching
  • Visual art and design
  • Zoned

In MySchools (use the link below) use any of the interest areas, such as “health professions”, as a search term to find programs related to this interest area. You can also try more specific words like “nursing.”