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Guide to high school selection

Choosing a high school is a serious decision for many students. Here we have assembled a collection of resources for students entering high school, from our FAQ on the application process to data on high school performance.


Getting oriented

FAQs on the high school application process

Basic information about different types of high schools and how the admission system works.

Application timeline for entering students

Make sure you're on track to meet school deadlines.


By the numbers

How well is your school performing?

Check average SAT scores, graduation rates, and more.

Check out additional data online

The District provides data on school performance, climate, student demographics, and other key info.


Gathering advice

6 tips to help students in middle grades prepare for the transition

Counselors offer advice on applying

(En español)

Immigrants confront extra challenges in enrollment


Applying to charter schools

The application process for charter schools differs from citywide and special admission schools, so it is important that students and their families go into the process well-informed. Here are some places to get started:

A look into the application process

School District's Charter Schools Office

Charter school FAQs

Charter school search page


School profiles

We have profiles of every District and charter school that serves high school grades. Each year principals respond to a survey and provide details about their school and any special offerings.

What does a school offer?

Search our database of school profiles to find out what classes and activities are available at any school.

Browse the schools

Find out details about every high school, District or charter.


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Here are some resources from the School District to help students who have dropped out.

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