SHSAT News and Activity Updates

Meetings, Events, News – Your Voice Counts!

Statement from the Stuyvesant High School Parents’ Association Executive Board

The Executive Board of the Stuyvesant High School Parents’ Association unanimously approved a statement on December 4, 2018, in opposition to the proposed legislation and the DOE’s proposals regarding specialized high school admissions.  Please read the statement and follow the links to the information we have provided.

Statement Regarding Proposed Changes to New York City Specialized High School Admissions

CEC16 SHSAT Meeting

(Text quoted from the CEC16 flier verbatim) Google map of meeting location

2018-11-16 Letter from CEC16 to Chancellor Carranza PDF

Special Meeting

Let’s not let first impressions ruin a productive conversation.
At our request, senior DOE officials will re-present the Specialized High School Proposal (SHS)
Join us as we continue to discuss how this proposal can best serve our students in District 16

Monday, December 10th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
PS 20 Jesse Owens School
1014 Lafayette Avenue (enter at Malcom X Boulevard)
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Josh Wallack, Deputy Chancellor, Division of Strategy & Policy
Lashawn Robinson, Deputy Chancellor, Division of School of Climate & Wellness

Tuesday, December 11
7:00pm General PTA Meeting for MS54
7:30pm High School Information Session
Booker T. Washington / MS 54
108th St. entrance (west of Columbus Avenue)

MS54 invites parents to their informational presentation of the DOE’s Specialized High School Admissions proposal

We have invited the Department of Education, education advocates, and your elected representatives including Assembly members Linda Rosenthal, Daniel O’Donnell and Richard Gottfried, State Senators Brad Hoylman, Brian Benjamin, Jose Serrano and Senator-elect Robert Jackson, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine, and Borough President Gale Brewer to explain the proposal and answer your questions.

This is a public meeting and open to all. For questions about the event or to submit questions to the presenters please email:

For further information about Booker T. Washington / MS54 please visit our website

Letter from CEC16 to Chancellor Carranza PDF

Keep Informed About Proposed Changes to Your School

Learn about the DOE’s proposed changes to the SHSAT

Read the DOE Specialized High School Proposal to understand the proposed changes, which are intended to increase the numbers of Black and Latinx students in Specialized High Schools (SHS). These changes include:

  • Expanding the Discovery Program (a summer enrichment program) to 20% of seats offer by each SHS
  • Eliminating all SHSAT test-only admissions within 3 years
  • Making SHS offers to the top 7% of students at each DOE public middle school

Learn how these proposals will affect Stuyvesant and other SHS

Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association report on the SHSAT and diversity – Summary (PDF)
or read the Full report (PDF Brooklyn Tech Alumni Association website)

Timeline of events

  • Ongoing presentations of proposed changes by DOE in school districts.
  • January 2019: New legislative session starts in Albany, NY, when the proposed bill to eliminate SHSAT will be brought up to the floor for a vote.
  • Spring 2019: High school offer letters distributed; Eligible students are notified of their participation in the expanded Discovery Program.
  • Summer 2019: Discovery Program sponsored and conducted by Specialized High Schools.

Opportunities to express your opinion

What do these proposed changes mean for our current and future students, our schools,  communities, and our city? If you have an opinion, express it to your representatives now – your school PA, SLT, and NY State representatives. There are many opportunities to learn more, to listen to others, and to express your opinion. Go to CEC meetings, forums, town halls, and contact or visit NY State reps in Albany.

Email your SLT and PA representatives

The directory of SLT and PA email addresses is here.

Contact your NY State Assembly Member and Senator

Identify your New York State assembly members and senators and reach out to them to express your opinion on the proposed changes to the SHSAT, and find out what their stand is.

How to find your NY State Assembly Member (NYS Assembly website search form, input your address)

How to find your NY State Senator (NYS Senate website search form, input your address)