Registering for high school means choosing the school that's right for you.
City Schools is in the process of finalizing plans for this year’s Middle & High School Choice process, including a virtual Choice Fair scheduled for December 3, 2021. Using Campus Portal, 8th-grade families will be able to complete and submit their Choice applications between December 1 and January 21.
Walk-In Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday (9 am – 4 pm)
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 into 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. 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 6th & 7th 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.
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 scores will be calculated as 100 in the actual calculation of the composite score
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:
Don't live in Baltimore City? Read this information.