New York City High School Process:

Mr. Borener M.S. 324



What you need to know!



New York City 8th graders have many, many choices for High School. The High School Application process gives students as much freedom to choose their High School as anywhere in the world. However, with that freedom comes the responsibility of knowing how the process works. Knowing the process greatly enhances your ability to get into a High School that will maximize your talents and ensure you are happy and fulfilled for the next 4 years!




Your group will create a presentation of a High School that you have thoroughly researched to share with your classmates. You will use to create your presentation.




We will approach the High School Application Process as if we are Public Policy Analysts.

Public Policy Analysts use the Project Critical 6-step process to analyze problems.


1)    Define the problem  


Let’s look at this NYT article about the “broken promises of choice”.



2)    Gather Evidence


Watch these videos from the Department of Education and Inside schools on how the High School Process works.



3)    Identify Causes


Let’s take a look of Chalkbeat’s take on the High School process.


4)    Evaluate a Policy


New York City made some important changes to the process this year. Given what        you’ve learned above, do you think this is enough?


5)    Develop Solutions


Together we will research schools and then share what we’ve learned with the rest of the class. There are over 400 High Schools in New York City, we need to work together to narrow down our choices to 12!


Step 1:

Watch this quick video that shows you how to make a prezi!


Step 2:


Discuss with your group some of the High Schools you are interested in. Decide on three 

schools you would like to research further.


Step 3:

Print the worksheet below and fill it out for the 3 schools you chose is step 2.


            Step 4:


Your top school in step 3 will be the focus of your presentation! Your presentation should include AT LEAST the following information:


a)    Where is your school? How far is it from MS 324?

b)    What is the environment of the school? How many kids? (Include photos)

c)    What is the admission criteria? How selective is the school? (Give specific stats)

d)    What stands out about the school’s academics?

e)    What stands out about the school’s extracurriculars? What PSAL sports do they have?

f)     What else have you learned about your school? How is it rated on inside schools?


“How Will You Rank Schools?” worksheet


Your presentation to the class should be between 5-8 minutes. It should contain all the info above, be interesting, and visually appealing. Please refer to the rubric below.


Resources for your project:


6)    Select the best Solution


How will you fill out your High School Application? Have your classmates presentations influenced your choices?




Rubric for presentation. You can earn up to 12 points!



Multimedia Project : High School Research Presentation

Teacher Name: Mr. Borener

Student Name:     ________________________________________







All requirements are met and exceeded.

All requirements are met.

One requirement was not completely met.

More than one requirement was not completely met.


Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.

Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.

Includes essential information about the topic but there are 1-2 factual errors.

Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.

Oral Presentation

Interesting, well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention.

Relatively interesting, rehearsed with a fairly smooth delivery that usually holds audience attention.

Delivery not smooth, but able to hold audience attention most of the time.

Delivery not smooth and audience attention lost.





The New York City High School application process is long and arduous. This webquest will enable you to know what you are faced with, and hopefully choose the best 12 schools for YOU!



Standards Assessed:

CCLS: 11-12.WHST.8


Writing HS/S/T


Research to Build and Present Knowledge

State Standard:

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the specific task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.



Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence


Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.


Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.


Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


Establish and maintain a formal style.


Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.