The 2012 New Visions Guide to Choosing a New York City High School is Here!

Each year, over 100,000 8th grade students in New York City embark on an arduous journey to high school.  The bridge to getting there: a complex, two-way matching system, pairing students with high schools across the city.

The high school matching process, created by Nobel Prize winner Alvin Roth, is based on an algorithm that matches students to schools according to the highest mutual preference and ensures that each student receives only one admissions offer and will not end up on a waiting list for any school.

To help students and families navigate the application process and make the right choices for themselves, New Visions released a 24-page comprehensive “Guide to Choosing a New York City High School,” this fall. Distributed in the Daily News and in El Diario in Spanish, the guide provides an additional resource for students and parents in selecting a high school and highlights the unique offerings of each school in the New Visions network.

Helpful segments in the guide including, “8 things you should do during the 8th grade,” “Tips for Success in 9th Grade,” and the “Stay on Track” timeline guide students through the application process from start to finish and provide additional links and resources for more information.

Click here to view the English version of the guide.

Click here to view the Spanish version of the guide.

If you would like to request copies of our guide, please contact Nadine Dillon in the Communications Department at

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