High School Admissions Updates

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These updates will not change how you apply to high school, how you get an offer, or where you get an offer.  Find out more in the sections marked *NEW* below.


· Pick up a copy of the High School Admissions Guide to learn about the admissions process and browse high school programs

· Set up your account in MySchools. Once you’re logged in, you can search for and learn about high school programs across the city—save your favorite programs by clicking the stars next to their names.

· Register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or LaGuardia High School auditions.

· Starting in October, you can begin adding programs to your application. You can apply to 12 programs.

· Meet with a counselor to discuss your high school options.

· Attend the high school fairs and go to open houses throughout the fall. Check here for the most up-to-date information on event locations, dates, and times.


· Submit your high school application by December 2, 2019

· Apply one of three ways:


· Get your high school offer letter! This letter will include:

· Your high school offer and/or, if applicable, your specialized high schools results, which may include an offer from a testing school and/or any offers from LaGuardia studios.

· *NEW* A list of programs where you’ve been waitlisted. You’ll be automatically added to the waitlist of any program that you listed higher on your application than the program where you received an offer. For example, if you get an offer to your third-choice program, you will also be waitlisted at your first-choice and second-choice programs.

  • Note: There will be no Round 2 application and High School Appeals.

  • Note: The Specialized High Schools will not have waitlists.


*NEW* If and when seats become available at a program, waitlist offers will be made.

· Schools will be in touch directly if seats open up and they can make you an offer.

· Waitlist offers will be made based on seat availability, admissions priorities, and admissions methods.

· You will be able to check where you are on the waitlist for any school, in real time. You will also be able to add yourself to waitlists during this time. However, please note that your best chance of getting an offer to any program is to include it as a choice on your original application.

High School Information

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Dear 8th Grade Families, 

Welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.  I want to introduce myself to those of you who do not already know me.  My name is Cynthia Caspi and I am the 8th grade guidance counselor at MS 88. I will be working with you and your family on the high school admissions process throughout the year.

NYC has established an online high school application process.  You must create an account in MySchools to start and submit your child’s high school applicationMySchools creation codes will be sent to your home in the coming weeks.  You can explore high schools, special programs, school performance, admission methods and athletic teams. In addition, you will be able to schedule the SHSAT, auditions and assessments on MySchools.  Furthermore, you can also refer to the High School Directory and the Specialized High Schools Student Handbook distributed to all 7th grade students in June.  If you have not received these two books, let me know. Below are admission websites that can further assist you in the high school application process.            

Set aside time this fall to visit schools and attend admissions events. You can meet with high school staff and attend a high school admissions workshop at the events below.  We have our own events scheduled below for you to meet with our team at MS 88!

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I will communicate with you throughout the process, so look for any other high school admissions information I send.  The deadline to submit your online application is December 2, 2019

I look forward to working with you and your child as you navigate the high school admissions process.

Thank you,

Cynthia Caspi

Guidance Counselor


718-788-4482 ext. 166

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M.S. 88 Graduation Day information

When: Graduation is Monday, June 24, 2019

Where: 500 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (K280/former Bishop Ford HS building; middle of 19th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for ticket holders.

Standby Line for (non-ticket holders) seating opens at 9:50 a.m. (*subject to change)

*Due to a large graduating class and limited seating, each graduate received 2 tickets.  

Parking can be difficult because of Monday alternate side street cleaning.  Allow extra time to accommodate travel.

Standby Line Procedure

  • There is no “spot holding” on the line.  Courtesy please.
  • We offer a standby line to accommodate additional family members.  Kindly limit your additional guests to no more than 4.



  • REPORT to the graduation site at K280 at 9:00 a.m. DO NOT REPORT TO M.S. 88!
  • Students should be in their cap and gown.
  • Students should not have any large bags.
  • No gum chewing
  • Students may wear any medals received at awards night.


Thank you for your cooperation.  We are looking forward to celebrating with you!


M.S. 88 Información de dia de graduación

Cuándo: La graduación es el lunes 24 de junio de 2019

Dónde: 500 19th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215 (K280/antiguo edificio Bishop Ford HS; centro de 19th Street entre 9th y 10th Avenues)

Hora: 10:00 a.m.

Las puertas se abren a las 9:30 a.m. para los titulares de boletos.

La línea de espera para asientos (sin titulares de boletos) abre a las 9:50 a.m. (*sujeto a cambios)

*Debido a una gran clase de graduación y asientos limitados, cada graduado recibió 2 boletos.  

El estacionamiento puede ser difícil debido a la limpieza de la calle lateral alternativa del lunes.  Permita tiempo adicional para acomodar los viajes.

Procedimiento de línea de espera

  • El modo de espera es PRIMERO, PRIMERO SERVIDO.
  • No hay “retención de punto” en la línea.  Cortesía, por favor.
  • Ofrecemos una línea de espera para acomodar a miembros adicionales de la familia.  Por favor, limite sus huéspedes adicionales a no más de 4.


  • INFORME al sitio de graduación en K280 a las 9:00 a.m. ¡NO REPORTE A M.S. 88!
  • Los estudiantes deben estar en su gorra y vestido.
  • Los estudiantes no deben tener bolsas grandes.
  • Sin masticar chicle
  • Los estudiantes pueden llevar cualquier medalla recibida en la noche de premios.

Gracias por su cooperación.  ¡Esperamos celebrar con usted!