Registering for high school means choosing the school that's right for you.
City Schools is finalizing plans for this year’s Middle & High School Choice process. The Annual School Choice Fair will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on December 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Using Campus Portal, 8th grade families can complete and submit their Choice applications between December 1, 2022, and January 20, 2023.
Please note that the high schools listed below will be undergoing renovation in the coming years. During renovation, students will move into swing spaces.
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute - Students will attend school in the temporary (swing) location during the construction phase, from about the 2025-26 school year to the 2027-28 school year. Swing Building: Northwestern Building Address (6900 Park Heights Avenue) Distance From Poly: 5 miles southeast.
Baltimore City College - Students will attend school in the temporary (swing) location during the construction phase, from about the 2024-25 school year to the 2026-27 school year. Swing Building: Thurgood Marshall Building (5001 Sinclair Lane). Distance From City College: 4 miles east.
Frederick Douglass High School - Students will attend school in the temporary (swing) location during the construction phase, from about the 2024-25 school year to the 2025-26 school year. Swing Building: Garrison Building (3910 Barrington Road). Distance From Douglass: 2.5 miles southeast.
Western Senior High School - Students will attend school in the temporary (swing) location during the construction phase, from about the 2025-26 school year to the 2027-28 school year. Swing Building: Chinquapin (900 Woodbourne Avenue). Distance From WHS: 2.6 miles east
Also, Joseph Briscoe will move into a renovated building with Frederick Douglass High School but will remain in place until then. For additional information, please visit 21st Century Schools.
Students can apply to these schools if they meet the composite score requirements. (Scroll down for information about composite scores.)
These schools have a specific process for admission. Contact each school for more information.
Some charter schools have their own application process, with a lottery that takes place at the individual school. Contact each school for information.
These schools have no specific entrance criteria or admission processes. If more students select a school than the school can serve, students are selected by lottery.
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 are calculated to determine if students are eligible for schools with entrance criteria. Taking honors classes or advanced programs in middle school can increase a score and make it easier to get in to some schools. 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.
Composite scores are needed for students applying to schools and programs with entrance criteria. Typically, composite scores are calculated using grades and standardized test scores. The Spring 2022 MCAP assessment scores will not return in time to be used for the composite score formula. As a result, composite scores will be calculated using only grades for the 2023-24 school year cohort participating in School Choice this year.
To calculate your final overall grade average used in the composite score calculation, we will look at students’ final grades for 7th grade. The first quarter grades for the 2022-23 school year will also be used in the calculation.
Placement at Baltimore City College, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Western is calculated as follows:
Standardized test reading percentile* + standardized test math percentile* + (overall grade average x 6)
* test percentiles will be calculated as 100 for all students as assessments will not be used to calculate the composite score this year
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. Additional support to families is available by district staff in the Multilingual Enrollment and Support Center (MESC@bcps.k12.md.us).
If you live in Baltimore City and would like to enroll in one of our high schools for the current school year, please call 410-396-8600.
If you live in Baltimore City and would like to enroll in one of our high schools for next year, follow these steps:
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