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How many seats are offered through the SHSAT?

By Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center | Updated on January 17, 2020
Seats Offered through SHSAT
The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) is an exam that eighth and ninth graders across New York City take each year in order to gain admittance to one of eight specialized high schools. What are the eight specialized high schools that use the SHSAT as a measure?
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • The Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Tech
  • Brooklyn Latin
  • Queens High School for the Sciences
  • High School for Math Science, and Engineering
  • High School for American Studies
  • Staten Island Technical High School

Cutoffs

Cutoffs
Above are the cutoff scores for each of the schools. As you can see, Stuyvesant High School has the highest cutoff score of 560 and a range of 590-600 on the ninth grade exam. Next is Staten Island Technical High School, with a cutoff of 527 and a range of 557-567 on the ninth grade exam. Then comes the Bronx High School of Science, with a cutoff score of 525 and a range of 565-575 on the ninth grade exam. After that is the High School for American Studies at Lehman College, which has a cutoff score of 524 and a range of 554-564 on the ninth grade exam.
Up next is the High School for Math Science and Engineering, which has a cutoff score of 519 and a range of 549-559 on the ninth grade exam. Then, there’s Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, where the cutoff score is 514 and the range is 544-554 for the ninth grade exam. Second to last we have Brooklyn Technical High School, where the cutoff is 498 and the range is 528-538. Last but not least, there is Brooklyn Latin, with a cutoff score of 488 and a ninth grade exam range of 518-528.

Stuyvesant

Stuyvesant High School is the most prestigious and competitive of these schools, and it is no accident that it also has the highest cutoff score. Each year, about 814 students are accepted to Stuyvesant High School through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 10 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 2.71% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.33% chance the second time.

Bronx Science

Bronx Science has the third highest cutoff score but is widely regarded as the number two school in the city due to the far nature of Staten Island Tech, the second contender. Each year, about 730 students are accepted to Bronx Science through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 3 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 2.43% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.1% chance the second time around.

Brooklyn Tech

Brooklyn Technical is one of two specialized high schools in Brooklyn along with Brooklyn Latin. Both schools have a strong relationship with their community. Brooklyn Tech accepts the largest number of students each year as it has the greatest capacity to do so. Each year, about 1400 students are accepted to Brooklyn Tech through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 34 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 4.67% acceptance rate the first time around and a 1.13% chance the second time.

Brooklyn Latin

Brooklyn Latin is a special school due to its IB curriculum, roots in Latin, and desire to bond with the community around it. Students at Brooklyn Latin are basically ambassadors for the school and often interact with the surrounding Bushwick and Williamsburg community. Each year, about 180 students are accepted to Stuyvesant High School through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 20 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 0.6% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.67% chance the second time around.

Queens High School for the Sciences (QHSS)

Queens High School for the Sciences is the only specialized high school in Queens. It also boasts a close relationship with York College, where students are able to begin their college career early. However, QHSS is very small. Each year, about 100 students are accepted to QHSS through the 8th grade SHSAT, and only 3 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 0.33% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.1% chance the second time.

High School for Math Science, and Engineering

The High School for Math, Science, and Engineering is another school that has a strong connection with a college, specifically the City College of New York (CCNY). HSMSE is unique because students are able to choose between three STEM related majors that are incredibly comprehensive and offer well supported opportunities. Each year, about 100 students are accepted to HSMSE through the 8th grade SHSAT, and only 2 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 0.33% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.07% chance the second time.

High School for American Studies

The High School for American Studies is yet another school that is connected to a college, namely Lehman College. However, their relationship is special – they share a campus very harmoniously. Students eat at the Lehman cafeteria and even share the college’s library. Each year, about 90 students are accepted to HSAS through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 2 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 0.3% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.07% chance the second time.

Staten Island Technical High School

Staten Island Technical High School is last, but far from least. Although we listed it last because it is quite far from New York City, it does have the second highest cutoff score after Stuyvesant High School. Each year, about 300 students are accepted to Staten Island Tech through the 8th grade SHSAT, and 4 students are accepted through the 9th grade SHSAT. This means that there is a 1% acceptance rate the first time around and a 0.13% chance the second time around.

Overall Summary

Here’s a graphic that sums it up pretty well for you:
ninth tenth grade seat offered
Students who are hoping to become scholars at the specialized high schools have a lot of work to do if they’re going to become beasts who are worthy of admittance. Out of 30,000 applicants, only 4,000 make it the first time around. In ninth grade, only 100 make it out of 3,000. These chances are slim but with the right amount of dedication and loyalty, anyone can get into these elite schools. However, it isn’t easy. Students must take advantage of the resources at their disposal. We at Bobby-Tariq Tutoring Center have many study resources laid out for you below.
While studying at home, use our preparatory books. If you are someone who needs more attention, consider our SHSAT classes or use our resources to find yourself private tutors. You should also advantage of free resources like the DREAM Program and the Discovery Program. You can learn more about these in our SHSAT guide
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