NYC Specialized High Schools are actually highly selective public high schools. They are established and run by the New York City Department of Education and created to serve the needs of academically and artistically gifted students. Admission to these schools requires that students take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) examination. Originally known as the SSHSAT, for “Specialized Science High School Admissions Test” the name has since dropped the word “Science.” Though the three original schools requiring the exam, Bronx-Sci, Stuy, and Brooklyn Tec, all emphasized a science curriculum, the newer specialized schools have branched into other areas as well.
The NYC Specialized High Schools:
Stuyvesant High School (Manhattan)
Bronx Science High School (Bronx)
Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn)
High School of American Studies at Lehman College (Bronx)
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (Queens)
High School for Math, Engineering and Science at City College (Manhattan)
Brooklyn Latin (Brooklyn)
Staten Island Technical High School (Staten Island in the New Dorp neighborhood)
It is interesting to note that these schools have often had to fight for their specialized status as other educational departments and facilities wished to negate or benefit from them. As a way to preserve their special status, in 1972, the Hecht-Calandra Act was passed by the New York State Legislature, designating these schools as specialized science and math high schools for New York City.