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In grades 9 to 12, students not only keep building skills and knowledge, they take important steps to get ready for college or a career. In addition to core classes in English, math, science, and social studies, students earn credits in technology, health, physical education, art, and languages, and can take specialized programming. Search and compare high school options.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Learn college-level content — and have the chance to earn college credit — in many subjects.
    •    Advanced Placement courses are offered at more than 20 high schools (browse schools here)

    •    International Baccalaureate is offered at Baltimore City College

Dual enrollment

    •    Students at all high schools can earn college credits (tuition free) through partnerships with Baltimore City Community College, University of Baltimore, and other local colleges. Ask at your school for information.

    •    Students at Bard High School Early College earn credits up to an associate's degree during their last two years of high school.

    •    At Carver Vocational-Technical High School, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and New Era Academy, students in our Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) graduate after six years with a high school diploma, tuition-free associate degree, and first-in-line status for jobs in leading industries.


Career and Technology Education

With CTE, you can build skills hands-on and earn industry certifications in

- Arts, media, and communication
- Business, management, and finance
- Construction
- Consumer services, hospitality, and tourism
- Environmental, agriculture, and natural resources
- Health and biosciences
- Human resources
- Information technology
- Manufacturing, engineering, and technology
- Transportation

Find where each CTE pathway is offered.

A note about the high school science curriculum

Some science classes will have dissection activities. If your child does not want to participate in a dissection activity, you have the right to request an alternative option. Talk to your child's teacher for more information.

Major tests
  • PARCC: Students enrolled in English 10, English 11, Algebra I, and Algebra II take these tests, and in most cases must earn a passing grade (or complete a “bridge” project) to graduate. Ask your school counselor for more information about requirements.
  • American Government High School Assessment (HSA): In most cases, students must pass (or complete a “bridge” project) to graduate. Ask your school counselor for more information.
  • Maryland Integrated Science Assessment: In most cases, students must pass to graduate.
  • PSAT: Students in 10th and 11th grades take this test in math and language arts at school in the fall. It is not required for graduation, and results don’t count toward final grades—but it’s a great way to see if a student is on track for being accepted to college, and great practice for the SAT.
  • SAT: Students in 11th grade take this test at school in the spring. Scores are important for getting into many colleges. (It’s not unusual for a student to take the SAT more than once. This 11th-grade opportunity comes early enough that students still have time later in 11th grade or early in 12th grade to take the test again and try to earn a higher score. The SAT is given on several weekends throughout the year, and many students qualify for fee waivers. Ask your school counselor for more information. You can also ask your counselor about the ACT test, which is sometimes required for college acceptance.)
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams: Students enrolled in these courses can take exams in the spring. Passing grades are sometimes accepted for college credit.
Get ready for next steps

High schools offer many different programs to add to regular classroom learning. Athletics, clubs, music, tutoring, internships, and other activities teach important skills — and help students find their own voices through activities that matter to them. Ask at your school about what’s available and take advantage of every opportunity!

All high school students use Naviance, an online tool for planning next steps after high school. Naviance supports students in thinking about their strengths, what careers might be right for them, and how to set and meet college and career goals. When it’s time for college applications, Naviance can help students identify which colleges may be right for them and keep applications on track.

Resources for college planning



Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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Maryland Higher Education Commission