Register for our assessment online at www.bard.edu/bhsec. You may take the exam at our Manhattan or Queens campus. Fill out the NYC Department of Education (DOE) Application for Admission to High School. Bring a copy of your final 7th grade report card to the assessment (8th grade report card if you are applying to 10th grade). Select students are invited to return for an interview.
You will only need to fill out the assessment registration and take the assessment once. However, you need to indicate on your assessment that you are applying to both schools in order to be considered for both. You must also list BHSEC Manhattan and BHSEC Queens as two separate choices on your DOE High School Application.
There are two parts to the assessment: a math section which assesses the student’s current math level, and an essay writing section based on a selected reading. Applicants are given one and a half hours to complete the entire assessment. There are no test preparation materials for this assessment.
You may only take the assessment once during the academic school year. Students may take an assessment at either location to apply to the Manhattan campus, the Queens campus, or both. Students should choose the site that is most convenient for taking the assessment and for attending an interview. If applying to both campuses, students only need to take the exam one time.
After review of the report card and the assessment exam, students who seem most likely to flourish at BHSEC are invited for an interview. We usually interview students 3 to 5 weeks after they have taken the assessment. The interview process begins in early to mid-October and can go as late as January, depending on the applicant pool. Students who are not invited for an interview are not being considered for admission. Students not being considered for admission will be notified by email.
Official notification of acceptance to all New York City public high schools is sent by the Department of Education to the middle school guidance counselors. The notification is usually sent out in March. Check here https://www.schools.nyc.gov for more information.
Students who are not accepted to the 9th grade may reapply the following fall for the 10th grade. Students who are not accepted to the 10th grade are not eligible to reapply. As a cautionary note, however, very few 10th graders are admitted each year and the number admitted is dependent upon the number of students admitted into the previous 9th grade class.
Unfortunately, because we are a small school we can only register a maximum of 400 people for each event. Please be aware, we do not give admission priority to applicants who attend our events. It is best to register early. Click here for upcoming dates.
On the website, you can find information about our mission, curriculum, faculty, college office, extra-curricular activities, admissions, and much more. In addition, representatives from our school will be at the DOE city wide and borough wide fairs in the fall. Check the DOE website for additional information.
The DOE system will match students and program/schools: a student will be matched to only the highest choice school which also accepted that student to its program. Thus, students will not be notified of their acceptance or denial to all 12 schools; they will only know about their highest choice school to which they have been matched. Click here for more information on the DOE high school admission process.We will consider all qualified students regardless of where they rank BHSEC. However, if a student is serious about applying to BHSEC, we encourage her or him to place BHSEC at the top of her or his DOE priority list. It is also important that students meet the DOE's admissions deadlines. BHSEC cannot consider any student for admissions who does not apply through the DOE and satisfies its application guidelines.