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School Choice

Your choice matters

At City Schools, students can apply for the middle or high school of their choice.

City Schools is currently in the process of finalizing the academic entrance criteria for next year’s Middle & High School Choice process.  Additional information will be released late summer/early fall 2021.  

For SY2020-21, due to the pandemic, the formula for calculating a student's composite score was adjusted. Composite scores are needed for students applying to schools and programs with entrance criteria. In past years, composite scores were calculated using attendance, grades, and standardized test scores. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent school closures, the U.S. Department of Education waived requirements for Maryland school districts to participate in annual standardized testing. Given the disparate impacts of COVID on our students and our commitment to equity, we decided not to include attendance and standardized test scores as part of the calculation for composite scores.

Virtual Choice Fair

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Schools launched the annual choice fair on December 4, 2020. 


Middle School Choice

Learn more about registering for middle school


High School Choice

Learn more about applying to high school


Explore Schools

Search for schools by program offering or location

Choice Guides


2021-22 Middle & High School Choice Guide



2021-22 Middle & High School Choice Guide


School Visits and Open Houses

Visiting schools is the best way to see which school will be the “best fit” for you.

Many schools have at least one “open house” when families can visit and ask questions. If you can’t make it to a school's scheduled “open house,” call the school and ask if you can visit at a more convenient time. Many schools also have shadow days, where you can partner with a current student and attend classes to get a real feel for the school. 

School Choice Liaisons

Confused about something related to the high school choice process? No worries! There is a staff member at your current school who can help you find a high school that is perfect for you. 

You can talk to this person about high school programs, which schools you’re eligible to attend, visiting schools you’re interested in, how to apply, and more.

Find out who your school's choice liaison is