Registering for high school means choosing the school that's right for you. Your Choice Matters!
City Schools is in the process of finalizing plans for this year’s Middle & High School Choice process, inclusive of a virtual Choice Fair that is scheduled to launch on December 4, 2020. Using Campus Portal, 8th-grade families will be able to complete and submit their Choice applications between December 1st and January 22nd.
High school choice application: English | Spanish
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. 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. 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.
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 criteria. Typically, composite scores are calculated using attendance, grades, and standardized test scores. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent school closures, the U.S. Department of Education waived requirements for Maryland school districts to participate in annual standardized testing. Given the disparate impacts of COVID on our students and our commitment to equity, we have decided not to include attendance and standardized test scores as part of the calculation for composite scores.
Placement at Baltimore City College, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and Western is calculated as follows:
Standardized test reading percentile + standardized test math percentile + (math grade x2) + (English grade x2) + (overall grade x2)
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:
Don't live in Baltimore City? Read this information.