NYC School Finder
Choosing which high schools to apply to is an important process for NYC families, one that can be exciting for students moving into this important phase of their life, and fraught for parents, worried about finding the best fit for their child.
Sorting through the pros and cons of NYC’s 440 high schools can be arduous for even the most-well-prepared parents, who devote significant time and energy to scouring the DOE’s NYC High School Directory. For those without the time or ability to engage in the process, their school choice is effectively limited.
To address this challenge, the NYC DOE, with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Fund for Public Schools, has launched the NYC School Finder, (schoolfinder.nyc.gov) an online resource that allows users to search for and sort high schools by a variety of criteria, including location, size, academic specialties, and more. The tool, available in English and Spanish, works on phones, the primary point of Internet access for many of New York City’s students and families, putting a simpler, more accessible means of identifying the best school for a student into more families’ hands than ever before.
“NYC School Finder is an empowering tool that is easy to use and meets school staff and families where they are,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This is an important step forward towards an easier and more equitable high school choice process.”
No download from an app store is required to use NYC School Finder – users only need to navigate to schoolfinder.nyc.gov on their device’s browser and then bookmark it or add it to their home screen. Once users open NYC School Finder on their devices, they can continue to use the application if their data connection is lost.
The individual school pages on NYC School Finder include the same content as the print NYC High School Directory, as well as a link to Google Maps to calculate commute time; a link to in-depth school data available on the School Performance Dashboard; and a link to reviews and stats on Insideschools.org. Students, families, and counselors can also favorite schools, creating a list that can be shared or printed.
“NYC School Finder is an innovative, cutting-edge tool for our students, families, and school counselors, and it's a testament to what we can achieve through public-private partnership,” said Sarah Geisenheimer, Executive Director of The Fund for Public Schools.
The DOE will further develop the tool based on needs and usage, with new features such as additional languages.