A completed online assessment is required to apply to BHSEC Manhattan, in addition to the NY DOE High School Application.

About the Assessment and Rubric Components

The BHSEC Assessment was created and developed by the BHSEC faculty and administration to assess applicants writing, thinking, and interest in an early college. Below is a description of the assessment used for 2020-2021 (for students who began in Fall 2021). We are currently waiting guidance from the Department of Education before updating the information below.

  • There are two parts to the assessment: two writing prompts and a short video statement.
  • The answers to the writing prompts are to be typed or copy and pasted into the Google Form. They should be approximately 200-500 words or 1100-2500 characters per prompt . The answers should be well organized and well written, showing clarity, and  creative or original thinking. 
  •  The video statement should be between 1-2 minutes and uploaded to the Google Form.  The applicant should be engaging, clear, and show signs of preparation.

For 2021-2022 Students will be ranked based on the following rubric components:

  • Humanities Response – 30%
  • STEM Response – 30%
  • Video Response – 30%
  • 2019-20 Marking Period Grades – 10%

Click rubric for more information.

How to Take the Online Assessment (this will change for 2021-2022 admissions season)

Before you begin our online assessment please read requirements and tips listed below:

Click HERE for the assessment.

Video Statement (this will change for 2021-2022 admissions season)

In the past we have held one on one interviews to get to know each applicant. We are not able to meet with you in person this year due to the pandemic. However we still want to hear from you and to learn more about why you are interested in attending our school. We are not looking for perfection, we are looking for students who engage with the questions in a genuine manner.

In the video please describe who you are and why you want to attend BHSEC and respond to either of the two questions: 

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