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High School Admissions

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Application Process

Admissions to School of the Future’s middle school (6th grade) and high school (9th grade) differ, with a separate application process for each. 

School of the Future’s High School (grades 9-12) is open to students in all of New York City’s boroughs. SOF 8th graders are guaranteed a seat. Our admissions process follows that of the New York Performance Standards Consortium (we require an essay) and of the DOE (ranking on the MySchools application). These might change for any given year, but what follows is the current process.

  • Write an essay in response to one of the prompts below and submit it directly on MySchools. This essay counts for all Consortium schools to which a student applies and is 100% of their score. 
  • List School of the Future as one of your 12 choices on your application in MySchools.

Please check this page regularly for updates about admissions procedures, including the deadline for submitting your application. And contact your current school’s main office or guidance department for information about admissions and for assistance with logging into and creating a MySchools account.

What Are Consortium Schools?

The New York Performance Standards Consortium is a group of schools with a waiver from taking NY’s Regents exams. Students take the ELA Regents exam only and instead demonstrate mastery by completing an Exhibition, an extensive research project, in each of the core subjects (English, Science, Math, Social Studies). An Exhibition is an applied method for gauging student knowledge, one that exceeds a test for which students might prepare but ultimately leave behind once it’s over.

More about Exhibitions.

Admissions Prompts

Students will respond to one of the following prompts, and their response will be scored by evaluators from the Consortium.

Consortium Schools believe that students thrive when they are given the opportunity to study topics in-depth and apply their learning outside of the classroom. Beyond just taking tests, SOF students demonstrate their skills in practical terms: they design experiments, make presentations, write reports, and defend their work to outside experts.


1) How do you think a school with this approach to learning will help you grow academically, personally, and creatively? What do you think you have to offer a school community like this? 


2) We admire students who are flexible in their approach to learning and willing to take intellectual risks that move them out of their comfort zone. Reflect on a time when you were intellectually challenged or inspired, or when you took an intellectual risk—inside or outside of the classroom. How has that experience shaped you?

We look forward to reading your essays and appreciate your interest in School of the Future!