Founded in 1999, we are a New York State not-for-profit
corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Our Mission:

to help females learn the mathematics—and "numbers-related" disciplines—they need to achieve their academic and career goals.

Specialized High School Admissions Test Prep for African-American and Latina Girls

The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) is, according to the New York City Department of Education, "the competitive, objective, and and scholastic achievement examination used as the sole factor to determine admissions to eight of New York City's nine Specialized High Schools."

Students take the SHSAT in the fall of the 8th or 9th grade.

A revised version of the SHSAT will be given for the first time in October 2017.
The English Language Arts, ELA, section (formerly the Verbal section) will continue to contain reading comprehension passages and questions but, instead of scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning questions, will now include questions that address revising/editing skills.
The Math section, while continuing to contain problems for which answers student may select from multiple choice options, will now include five problems that students must solve and provide the correct numerical answer.
All multiple choice questions (57 ELA and 52 Math) will now have four answer choices instead of the previous five.
Testing time is increasing from 150 minutes to 180 minutes.

The New York City Department of Education has made the 2017 – 2018 Specialized High Schools Student Handbook available and has scheduled Workshops this summer so that parents and students can ask questions and speak to Specialized High Schools representatives.

Test Prep Course for the 2017 Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (download flyer)
WHO: 25 rising 8th grade girls (five each from the five boroughs of New York City)
WHAT: WHEN: Summer/Autumn 2017 WHERE:


July 10 - August 25 Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 103-02 Northern Boulevard
Corona, NY 11368
September 9 - October 14 Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. To be announced
*$50 fee to cover cost of classroom supplies and copying
WHY: Because of 15,786 students enrolled in eight Specialized High Schools, only 42% are Female; only 6% are Hispanic; and only 4% are Black!*
*Check out the rosters of all the Specialized High Schools
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If you're a parent or guardian of a rising 8th grade girl who's interested in the SHSAT Prep, please fill out and submit the form below.