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Special Music School High School

Special Music School is New York City's only K-12 school that teaches music as a core subject. Its first graduating class of 12th graders in June 2017 is celebrating a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate. Click here to see a college list.

Special Music School High School is unique even among New York’s highly regarded arts high schools in providing talented young musicians the opportunity to pursue serious, pre-professional music studies along with a rigorous academic curriculum. Open to students from all five boroughs of New York City, the high school admits 50 students per grade, for a total enrollment of 200 students.

SMS High School's music curriculum emphasizes the development of the student as a musician for the 21st century, updating the traditional model of classical music education in order to prepare students for the multifaceted and diverse opportunities available to today’s musicians. In addition to helping students build extremely strong core skills as music makers, SMS High School prepares them to improvise and compose as well as perform, understand music technology and collaborate with other musicians both in small and large groups while providing meaningful experience working with living composers.

Click here for a list of SMS High School FAQs.

Important Dates

Open House Dates
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Thu, Oct 19, 6:30 pm
Wed, Oct 25, 6:30 pm

Sep 16 & 17: City-wide High School Fair, Brooklyn Tech
Oct 15 & 16: Borough High School Fair, Martin Luther King Educational Complex
Oct 19 & 25, 6:30 pm: SMS High School Open House/Information Sessions
Nov 1: Application Due
Nov 7 & 13-16: Auditions for the 2018-19 school year
Dec 1: Rankings due to High School Guidance Counselor, SMSHS Code: A85A
Early March: High School matches mailed by the Department of Education

Open Houses and auditions will be held at Special Music School High School, located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex at 122 Amsterdam Ave. (btw 65th & 66th Sts), NYC.




Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3390

High School:
Tel: 212 501 3395

Administrative Offices

Grades K-8:
Tel: 212 501 3318

Grades 9-12:
Tel: 917 441 3692

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