For 6th to 8th grade, students can attend a neighborhood school or choose a citywide school or program.
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 3, 2021. Using Campus Portal, 5th-grade families will be able to complete and submit their Choice applications between December 1 and January 21.
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. The Fall 2021 MCAP assessment scores were not returned in time to be used for the composite score formula. As a result, composite scores will be calculated using only grades for the 22-23 SY cohort participating in School Choice this year.
To calculate your final grade average used in the composite score calculation, we will look at students’ final grades for 3rd and 4th grade. The highest overall grade average will be used. We will look at your best grades and those will be the grades used for your composite score. The first quarter grades for the current 21-22 SY will also be used in the calculation.
Choice applications for students will be available on December 1st. Students and families will be able to complete and submit their choice applications between December 1st and January 21st in Campus Portal. Additional support to families is available by district staff in the Office of Enrollment, Choice, and Transfers (Enrollment@bcps.k12.md.us) and Multilingual Enrollment and Support Center (MESC@bcps.k12.md.us).
Also, the annual choice fair will be held virtually on Friday, December 3rd. Logistics are being finalized and will be available for release soon.
If your child goes to a neighborhood elementary/middle school and you want your child to stay at the school through 8th grade, you're all set. Your child is automatically enrolled at your school.
If you're new to the district and would like to enroll your child in a middle school close to your home, find your neighborhood school and stop by to find out what you need to register.
A few neighborhood elementary schools are "feeder" schools for nearby schools with middle grades. This means that 5th-grade students at the neighborhood elementary school are automatically enrolled in a nearby school for 6th grade. Check with your neighborhood school for more details.
Most charter schools have a different admissions process. Applications for charters are due February 2. Contact the school for information.
All 5th-grade students can choose their school for 6th grade — and those whose school does not have middle grades and does not feed to another school must fill out the choice application. Options include elementary/middle schools with special academic programming, schools that serve only grades 6 to 8, and combined middle/high schools.
The school choice application is due January 21, 2022. To help students and families figure out what schools might be right for them, there are open houses and a school choice fair every fall, and a "school choice liaison" at every elementary school can answer questions.
Here are some tips to make sure you keep options open and are ready to make the best choice for you:
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).