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Register for Grades 9 to 12

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

Phone: 410.396.8600
Walk-In Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday (10am – 2pm)

High School families (SY2022-23): City Schools is in the process of finalizing recovery recommendations for our Middle & High School Choice process.  Additional information will be released Summer/Fall 2021.

High School families (SY2021-22): New families entering the district will be able to start the enrollment process on July 1.  Current families seeking an intra-district transfer will be able to request transfer consideration, beginning July 19.  

Please note that at the high school level, new enrollment and intra-district transfer requests MUST be approved by district office staff.  The Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (10 am to 2 pm) for families.

Important Dates*
  • July 1: Enrollment window opens for new families entering City Schools (All grade levels)
  • July 19 – August 20: Transfer window opens for families requesting consideration for intra-district transfer or out-of-zone school placement
  • August 30: First day of school (SY2021-22) for ALL students

*All dates are subject to change.

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Online Registration/Transfer Application

Only for Current Families


  • Browse and compare schools that might be right for your child and family.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Await communication from a school/district enrollment official.  If you do not hear anything 3-5 days, please request a status update from the school and/or Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers.
  • Charter schools:  Contact the school directly to ask about the registration process. (Note that the application deadline for most charter schools was February 3).
  • Transfer Requests (Existing Students) – The window to request transfer consideration is set to tentatively launch on July 20, 2021.
  • Additional support and/or questions: Please contact the school’s enrollment official directly (school telephone #); or reach out to the district office team at or 410-396-8600.
  • Don't live in Baltimore City?

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.)


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 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

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. 

For SY2020-21, because of the pandemic, the formula for calculating a student's composite score was 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, attendance nor standardized test scores were used 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)

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 410-396-8600.

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 choice application.
  2. Gather the 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 January 22, 2021.

Don't live in Baltimore City? Read this information.

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