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We offer two Open Houses during each school year

Fall Open House (check our website at the beginning of the new school year)
Spring Open House  (check our website at the beginning of May)

If you missed our Open House, click here to view a student made video, which will give you an inside look into the school.

The Bronx High School of Science, along with Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn Latin School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at City College, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School were established under New York State Law 2590 section-g to serve the needs of gifted New York City students.

Admission is based solely on a competitive written examination given in the fall of each year, known as the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), open to all eighth and ninth grade New York City students. All applicants must be New York City residents in order to take the examination.

The New York City Department of Education publishes a handbook with details of all the Specialized High Schools, test dates and locations, and sample tests.It is available through your guidance counselor or online through the 
Department of Education website


We have found that the following qualifications are common to students who are most often successful at Bronx Science:
  • academically successful in the lower grades
  • involved in extra curricular activities
  • have a good attendance record
  • are serious about school-work and homework
  • are well behaved
  • and whose parents are actively involved in their child's education

Entrance Exam

The SHSAT assesses knowledge and skills students have gained over the course of their education. These skills consist of the ability to comprehend English prose, to demonstrate understanding of revising and editing skills central to writing in English, and to use problem-solving skills in mathematics. 


It is important because you will be assigned to a specialized high school based upon the score you earn on the test and your ranked choice(s) of school(s). If you are assigned to a specialized high school based on your score and ranking of schools, you may then accept or decline this school. If you decline this offer, you will not be offered a seat at any of the other specialized high schools.

Student Notification

In March your current school will receive information indicating student test results. Your current school will notify you of the results. Students offered seats must indicate acceptance of the school to which they were selected by returning the signed letter to their guidance counselor.

Review Procedure

After receiving results, students and their parents/guardians have the opportunity to review a copy of the student's answer sheet  by requesting an appointment with a representative from the Office of Assessment. Copies of answer sheets are not available for distribution but will be reviewed at the scheduled appointment.  Refer to "REVIEW PROCEDURES" in the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook found on the  for instructions on how to request an appointment.

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