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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.

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Updated choice

Choosing a school for next year

If you do not have a placement for the 2019-20, please call 443-984-2000 to speak with an enrollment specialist.

If you've filled out an updated choice application, you should receive your decision letter after May 24.

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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