Today is the application deadline for eighth-graders interested in attending Cass, Renaissance and King high schools next fall

Each year, more than 3,000 eighth-graders from around Metro Detroit vie for entrance into Detroit Public Schools’ premier examination high schools. This year, the deadline to apply for consideration for admission in fall 2012 is Wednesday October 19.

The district is seeking eighth-grade applicants for entry into Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School and the Mathematics, Science and Applied Technology (MSAT) and Center for International Studies and Commerce (CISC) programs at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.

The application process is open to students who live in Detroit, regardless of whether they attend DPS schools. Students who live outside the city may only apply during the appeal period, which begins on April 2, 2012. Students who demonstrate exceptional abilities in the visual or performing arts or selected technical areas may also audition or present portfolios for consideration at Cass if they have above-average academic credentials.

Entry to the highly competitive schools will be based on students’ scores on the Examination High Schools Admission Test, as well as students’ grades in English, math and science on their most recent eighth-grade report card and their final seventh-grade report card. Last year 3,075 applicants vied for about 1,500 available ninth-grade slots in Cass, King and Renaissance. About 1,600 slots are available this year.

Applications may be picked up at any DPS middle school, any branch of the Detroit Public Library, the DPS Office of Research Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability, 7430 Second Avenue on the first floor of the Albert Kahn building, and the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Boulevard, on the first floor of the New Center One building.

DPS middle school students who apply will be tested at their schools on January 11, 2012. Non-DPS students with valid applications will be notified of their testing date and location by mail no later than December 19.  For information, the public may call the DPS Office of Research Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability at (313) 873-6601.

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