How do I get into Stuyvesant High School? What is required?

By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | Updated on January 16, 2020

Stuyvesant High School is regarded by many students, teachers, and parents as the most prestigious of all of the Specialized High Schools. To get into Stuyvesant High School, students are required to take the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and gain a score above the cutoff score of 560 as eighth-graders or above the range of 590-600 as ninth graders. Every year, about 800 ninth grade seats are offered to eighth-graders taking the exam, whereas only 10 tenth grade seats are offered. This means that about 3% of students taking the SHSAT gain admission the first time around, and that less than 1% of students taking the SHSAT for the second time gain acceptance to this competitive and prestigious school.

Some students see attending Stuyvesant High School as a potential for a second chance. After not doing well in middle school, students might think that getting into the best school in New York City is impossible. We’re here to tell you that that’s anything but true. By attending Stuyvesant, you’ll have access to a myriad of opportunities and the greatest likelihood to achieve the highest outcomes. All you need to do is learn the most important concepts on the SHSAT, take advantage of the best study resources, and watch student testimonials to gain more knowledge and inspiration. Let’s begin.

Second Chance

It may be true that the only thing required to get into Stuyvesant High School is a high SHSAT score, but that does not mean that gaining admittance is simple. Stuyvesant is a top-notch school, and the SHSAT does its job of allowing only top-notch students in. However, even if you are not the greatest middle school student, you can still take advantage of a second chance to get into a great high school and begin the path to your successful college career and beyond.

Students can get in despite their previous academic record, but they must prepare extremely hard to get into Stuyvesant. We see it as a second chance for a reason – the days of slacking off must come to an end if you want to attend Stuyvesant High School. Not only that – once they are admitted, they must work like they never have before. There’s a reason that Stuyvesant is the “hardest” specialized high school to get in to: the schoolwork and curriculum at Stuyvesant are extremely advanced. So while you might get a second chance after slacking off in middle school, there’s no chance you will be able to survive at Stuyvesant with that same slacker mentality.


Attending a school like Stuyvesant High School will be extremely beneficial for a student because it will allow them to engage with their schoolwork and their passions. There are so many opportunities at Stuyvesant that you will not be able to find at other, local high schools. Stuyvesant is well-funded by New York City and by alumni donations, and attending it will allow students to explore their academic interests freely. While other schools might lack the resources technology and lab equipment to do so, Stuyvesant has a special dedication to the sciences and hosts a myriad of extremely fulfilling opportunities and programming for its students. Stuyvesant’s Robotics Team, StuyPulse, has the unique opportunity to teach coding and robotics to young underprivileged students in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Imagine having the chance to give back to your community.

In terms of academic opportunities, at Stuyvesant, you can take advanced courses like Multivariate Calculus, Differential Equations, Organic Chemistry, or Genetics, which may not be offered at every school. If you attend Stuyvesant, these opportunities, and many others, will be easily accessible to you.

Highest Outcomes

Students at Stuyvesant also enjoy special relationships with certain programs and colleges that are interested in recruiting Stuyvesant High School students specifically. Programs and schools think that students from Stuyvesant High School are the top of the top – and they usually are. This can be seen easily through Stuyvesant’s high outcomes. Students at the elite school consistently have higher SAT and Regents scores than most other schools in the New York City and State area. Being at Stuyvesant will allow you to get into the mindset of achieving the highest outcomes. After all, studies show that more engagement leads to higher outcomes for students and create more opportunities for growth.

Important Concepts

Studying for the SHSAT and getting into Stuyvesant is anything but simple, given all of the competition surrounding the process. To help expedite your studying, you should focus on the important SHSAT concepts, listed below.

1. Algebraic Inequalities

Questions like these are extremely common and highlight a very important concept on the SHSAT. Being able to answer questions like these not only displays your understanding of the most fundamental and important concepts in mathematics, but also illustrates your ability to think quickly on your feet. While the question may seem daunting, it is not so bad in reality. Comment below if you know the answer!

2. Algebraic Inequalities

Questions like these are also very frequently asked in the mathematics section. They are amongst the most important concepts on the examination. Answering questions like these shows the test writers and Stuyvesant High School that you are able to apply rules about angles and lines to questions at lightning speed. While this question may seem scary, it is also not so bad to tackle. Comment below if you know the answer!

Study Resources

Students who want to attend Stuyvesant must put in the time and effort to achieve the highest SHSAT score that they can. While 560/800 might not sound daunting, it is difficult to achieve such a high score without a significant amount of preparation. There is a reason why this school only accepts 800 out of 30,0000 students who take the SHSAT every year – it is incredibly competitive and the most frequently ranked school.

That’s why we at Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center recommend a number of studying strategies; students should not only self-study but also take advantage of preparatory books, comprehensive SHSAT classes, and private tutors if they can. Furthermore, students should take advantage of resources like the DREAM Program and the Discovery Program to get an edge on the competition. You can also learn more about these resources in our SHSAT guide.

Watch our President and resident SHSAT expert Mr. Tariq describe the best math shortcuts you should use to help you ace the exam:


Watch two of our successful Stuyvesant accepted students, Fahad and Tamzid, talk about their strategies, what worked, and how Bobby-Tariq was able to get them into the school of their dreams. They both got ultimate scores: 597 and 623! These scores didn’t create themselves overnight. They are the result of dedication, passion, and hard work. Fahad and Tamzid note that their experiences would not be the same without Mr. Tariq.
We at Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center have over 10 years of experience getting the best students in New York City into the most elite schools. We have become masters of the shortcut techniques and hope to teach you all to become the same. We helped these two boys, among many others, and we can do the same for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out for test preparation. Don’t let yourself regret it once it is too late. Remember that taking the SHSAT is like receiving a second chance to attend one of the best high schools in New York City and the world. There is no need to prepare for this alone – we’ve got your back and are here to train you into the most ultimate beasts!
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