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High School Choice

Registering for high school means choosing the school that's right for you.

Because every student is unique, at City Schools all students choose the high schools they want to attend. It's not too early to start thinking about high school as early as 3rd or 4th grade, so that all the doors are open for getting into top-choice schools and programs, including those that have academic entrance criteria or special admission requirements.

Notice: The registration period for NEW students (all grade levels) seeking to enroll in Baltimore City Public Schools for SY2020-21 is NOW open.  To ensure the safety of our families and staff, City Schools will be utilizing an online registration system to support this enrollment process.  Please note that the summer transfer period for EXISTING students is tentatively scheduled to launch July 20 – August 24. Additional details will be shared with families and students in the coming weeks. In the interim, please contact enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us with any questions/concerns.

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High School Choice Guide

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Updated Choice

For families who missed the original choice application deadline or want to try to apply to a different school than the one they were placed in, we offer a second round of choice. 

Fill out the updated choice application and either mail it to 200 E. North Ave, Enrollment Choice and Transfers, Baltimore, MD 21202 or email it. If you do not have access to download, print, or email the updated application, please call 410-396-8600. 

The deadline to fill out the updated choice application or decline a placement has been extended to April 27. Decision letters will be mailed out by May 15th. If families do not fill out a choice application, students will be assigned a school.

Middle school updated choice application and decline statement: English | Spanish

High school updated choice application and decline statement: English | Spanish

Registration

  • Browse and compare schools that might be right for your child and family.
  • Complete the registration form for your selected school – available online and accessible via computer, tablet, or mobile devices
  • Gather and upload the required documents (see below).  Note that if you are interested in applying for a school with entrance criteria, you will also need to submit results from the PARCC assessment. If your school doesn't administer the PARCC, please call 410-396-8962 to schedule a time to take the i-Ready achievement tests.
  • Await communication from a school/district enrollment official
  • Charter schools:  Contact the school directly to ask about the registration process. (Note that the application deadline for most charters schools was Friday, February 7).
  • Technology access:  If unable to complete the online registration process, please fill out the traditional registration form (in English or Spanish, gather/submit the form and required documents (see below) to the Office of Enrollment, Choice & Transfers (200 East North Avenue, Room 106, Baltimore, MD 21202) or any Documentation Support site – location details are forthcoming. 
  • Transfer Requests (Existing Students) – The window to request transfer consideration is set to tentatively launch on July 20, 2020.
  • Additional support and/or questions: Please contact the school’s enrollment official directly (school telephone #); or reach out to the district office team at enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us or 410-396-8600.
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Admission Types

Academic entrance criteria

Students can apply to these schools if they meet the composite score requirements. (Scroll down for information about composite scores.)

Specialized

These schools have a specific process for admission. Contact each school for more information.

School-based lottery

Some charter schools have their own application process, with a lottery that takes place at the individual school. Contact each school for information.

Choice lottery

These schools have no specific entrance criteria or admission process. If more students select a school than the school can serve, students are selected by lottery. 

Placement

For students with specific needs — for example, those returning to school after dropping out or those with special needs that can't be met in a general education setting — the district offers alternative placements. Contact the Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers department at 410-396-8600 for information and assistance.

Composite Scores

Composite scores are calculated to determine if students are eligible for schools with entrance criteria. The calculation varies for different schools, as shown below. 

For high school admission, the score includes results from 7th grade and the first quarter of 8th grade. Taking honors classes or advanced programs in middle school can increase a score and make it easier to get in to some schools. Also, meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Students are ranked by score and admitted in order until school capacity is reached. Students interested in Baltimore City College and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute usually need to score significantly higher than the required minimum to be admitted. 

Baltimore City College, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Western

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

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

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

Students who are learning English for the first time

Students who are in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs can participate fully in the choice process.

Some schools that participate in middle or high school choice are ESOL sites; however, services are adjusted as necessary to ensure all English learners are able to participate fully in the choice process.

For more information, contact the school counselor or choice liaison at your school.

Students not currently enrolled in City Schools

If you live in Baltimore City and would like to enroll in one of our high schools for the current school year, please call 410-396-8962.

If you live in Baltimore City and would like to enroll in one of our high schools for next year, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the updated choice application.
  2. Gather required documents.
  3. If you are interested in applying for a school with entrance criteria, you will also need to submit results from the PARCC assessment. If your school doesn't administer the PARCC, please call 410-396-8962 to schedule a time to take the i-Ready achievement tests.
  4. Take all the paperwork to 200 E. North Avenue, room 106, by April 26.

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