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School Choice

Your Choice. Your Future. Your Way Forward.

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

We are in the process of finalizing plans for this year’s Middle & High School Choice process, including a virtual Choice Fair that is scheduled to launch on December 3, 2021. Using Campus Portal, 5th and 8th-grade families will be able to complete and submit their Choice applications between December 1 and January 21.  

School Choice Process

This year, because of the pandemic, the formula for calculating a student's composite score will be adjusted. Composite scores are needed for students applying to schools and programs with entrance criteriaTypically, composite scores are calculated using attendance, grades, and standardized test scores. The Fall 2021 BOY MCAP assessment scores will be used in the calculation of a composite score for the 22-23 SY cohort participating in the Choice process this year. If the state is delayed in providing the MCAP scores, the i-Ready scores will be used for ELA and Math for 8th graders. Only grades will be used for 5th graders as they were this past school year.

To calculate your final grade average used in the composite score calculation, we will look at students’ final grades for 3rd and 4th grade and for 6th & 7th grade. The highest overall grade average will be used. We will look at your best grades and those will be the grades used for your composite score. The first quarter grades for the current 2021-22 school year will also be used in the calculation.

Choice applications for students will be available on December 1. Students and families will be able to complete and submit their choice applications between December 1 and January 21 in Campus Portal. Additional support to families is available by district staff in the Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers (Enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us) and Multilingual Enrollment and Support Center (MESC@bcps.k12.md.us).

Also, the annual choice fair will be launched virtually starting Friday, December 3.

School Choice Applications

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Middle School Choice Application

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Middle School Choice Application

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High School Choice Application

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High School Choice Application

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Middle School Choice

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High School Choice

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Choice Guides

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Middle & High School Choice Guide

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Middle & High School Choice Guide

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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” between November and January when you 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.


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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.
 
Contact your school to find out who your school’s Choice Liaison is. 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.


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