Academic Entrance Criteria

  • The following schools use entrance criteria for admission:

    Advanced Academics at...
    • Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
    • Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School
    • Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
    • Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
    • Waverly Elementary/Middle School 
    • Baltimore City College
    • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
    • Carver Vocational-Technical High School
    • Edmondson-Westside High School
    • Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School
    • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
    • Western High School

    Eligibility for schools with entrance criteria is determined by calculating students' "composite score," with components including report card grades, attendance (in some cases), and results on standardized tests. The district will be using PARCC as the standardized assessment component of the composite score for the 2017-18 school year. Transferring students, coming into the district, will use I-Ready assessment data if PARCC data are not available.

    Middle schools

    Entrance criteria apply to the Advanced Academics program. The district determines student eligibility based on a score calculation that includes these elements: 

    • Results on a standardized assessment 
    • Final grades in math, English language arts, social studies, and science from grade 4
    • First-quarter grades in those subjects in the current year
    • Attendance in the first quarter of grade 5

    If you are interested in Advanced Academics and want to know if you are eligible before listing one or more of the elementary/middle schools that offer the program on your choice application, please speak with your school counselor or choice liaison.

    High schools

    High schools with entrance criteria require a minimum composite score for consideration for admission. Schools use different formulas to calculate the score, as described below.

    Depending on the formula that applies at the particular school, composite scores can include the following elements:

    • Percentile in math and reading from a standardized assessment
    • Grades in math, science, and English, including both your final grades from last year and your grades in the first quarter of the current year
    • Overall grade, determined as the average of your grades in math, science, English, and social studies from last year and the first quarter of this year
    • Attendance, calculated as the percent of days you were present at school in the first quarter of this year

    Baltimore City College, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Western high schools
    To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum* composite score of 610, calculated as follows:

    Standardized test reading percentile + standardized test math percentile + (math grade x2) + (English grade x2) + (overall grade x2)

    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
    To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum* composite score of 610, calculated as follows:

    Standardized test reading percentile + Standardized test math percentile + (math grade x3) + English grade + (overall grade x2)

    Carver, Edmondson-Westside, Mergenthaler high schools
    To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum* composite score of 475, calculated as follows:

    Standardized test reading percentile + standardized test math percentile + math grade + science grade + English grade + overall grade + attendance percentage

    * Please note that receiving the minimum score does not guarantee acceptance; all eligible students are ranked by score and admitted to schools in rank order until school capacity is reached. Students interested in Baltimore City College and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute have traditionally needed to score significantly higher than the required minimum to be admitted.

    Ingenuity Project

    The Ingenuity Project, offered at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and at Hamilton, Mount Royal, and Roland Park elementary/middle schools, has separate entrance requirements. Contact the program for details.