Every 8th grade and 9th grade student residing in the five boroughs of New York City is eligible to apply to the NYC LAB School. During the month of October, 8th grade public school students receive an individualized high school application from their current guidance counselors. 9th graders can request an application from their guidance counselor if they wish to transfer to another public high school.

Students attending private/parochial schools can also request a New York City public high school application through their current schools.

Admissions Priority 

First priority is given to students who live in District 2 or who attend District 2 Middle Schools, after District 2 students priority next goes to Manhattan students or residents, and then to New York City residents.

Diversity in Admissions

Priority to applicants eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (based on family income) for up to 34% of seats: first to District 2 students or residents, next to Manhattan students or residents, and then to New York City residents.

Admissions Rubric – Screened Program 

All students who meet the below criteria for grades, test scores, and attendance, will receive an equal ranking of 1. 

  • Grades:  85 or higher in all core subjects- English, History, Math, and Science
  • State Test Scores*:  3  or higher on ELA and Math 
  • Attendance: 10 or fewer absences; 10 or fewer latenesses (extenuating circumstances will be considered)

*Students from private schools with different standardized test scores will have their test scores converted based on percentiles. 

Please click here for more information on our ranking process.

First Time NYC Residents
Any student entering New York City public school system for the first time, should report to enrollment center, located at 333 7th Avenue (Btwn 28th & 29th Streets), 12th floor. Hours of operation are from 8:30 am – 4 pm, Monday- Friday.

When you go to register, please bring your child with you. You also must bring the following documents

Proof of residence. Any two of the following documents:

  • A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority (for the Rockaways); must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident’s name and address; must be dated within the past 60 days
  • An original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence
  • A current property tax bill for the residence
  • A water bill for the residence; must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer’s letterhead will not be accepted; must be dated within the past 60 days
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan (if applicable and available)

Morning Tours are now full for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle. Please join us for our evening open house on Wednesday October 30th at 6pm (doors open at 5:30)

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