Exam High School Application Requirements

  • Admission to examination high schools requires two main components: The examination and an application. 

    Examination

    All applicants must take an exam that covers Math, ELA and Science. For details, please visit the Taking the Exam page.

    Application

    Every applicant must complete an application online that requires the following to be submitted:

    • Student-Authored Essay 
    • Cumulative Grade Point Average or multiple year-end report cards that may be used to calculate a cumulative GPA.
      (DPSCD students who have a cumulative GPA on file will not need to upload this information.)
    • References who may be contacted on behalf of the applicant 
    • If applicable, student's IEP or NPSP  

    In addition to the items that must be uploaded or provided, the application will gather information about the student and their interests.

    Student-Authored Essay

    All applicants are required to submit an essay, which will count as their official writing sample. 

    The essay is the applicant's opportunity to make a persuasive argument regarding their admission to their school(s) of choice. 

    Essay Guidelines

    The following are guiding questions that should be answered in each essay:

    1. Which Examination High School(s) do you want to attend and why do you want to attend?
    2. What makes you an exceptional candidate for admission? Describe one or more qualities that make you stand out and provide examples to demonstrate those qualities to the admissions team.
    3. How will admittance help you achieve your goals for the future?
    The essay should be a maximum of 750 words.
    The essay must be typed directly into the application.

    Writing Sample Rubric

    Essay Tips

    • We recommend drafting the essay using a program like Microsoft Word, Google Docs or similar and saving it onto a flash drive or your hard drive until you're ready to submit it. When you're finalizing your essay, you can copy and paste it into the application form. 
    • Measure your essay while drafting to ensure you do not exceed the 750-word limit.
    • Read and re-read your essay, then have someone proofread it for you. Be sure it is grammatically correct and written in a formal tone.
    • Be sure to answer the guiding questions. 
    • Don't be shy. Talk about your accomplishments and talents.

    References

    Each applicant must provide three references. The following information must be provided as part of the application:

    • Name
    • Phone
    • Email address
    • Relationship to the applicant

    Application Scoring

    The exam is scored independently by the test provider. Each application is reviewed by two or more independent reviewers. The average of the reviews serves as the student's final score. 

    Rubrics are used to assign points to the interest letter and grade point average (see rubric on the right side of this page.) 

    Bonus Points

    Current Detroit Public Schools Community District students will receive 10 additional points on their application.

    Students who apply to The School at Marygrove will receive priority if they live within the school's catchment area.

    Students who live within 1 mile of the Marygrove campus will receive 10 additional points, while those who live wthin 2 miles will receive an additional 5 points on their application. Please see the Marygrove catchment map for more detail.

    Examination score 45
    Grade Point Average 35
    Student-Authored Essay 20
    BONUS +10 DPSCD current students
    Marygrove school applicants +10 Marygrove primary
    Marygrove school applicants +5 Marygrove secondary

     Marygrove Catchment Map

  • Grade Point Average

     Applicants' grade point average (GPA) is a critical part of the application. It is worth up to 35% of the total score (before bonus points.)

    The GPA itself is worth a maximum of 30 points, with an additional 5 points for applications that contain a clearly visible cumulative GPA or multiple report cards that may be used to calculate a cumulative GPA. Both must be submitted by the deadline. Documents submitted after the deadline will not receive the bonus 5 points.

    Submission Requirements

    Applicant's latest school transcript or a report card from the 2018-19 school year that shows the applicant's cumulative grade point average 
    OR 
    The two (2) most recent year-end report cards (17-18 school year and 18-19 school year). If a cumulative GPA is not visible, one will be calculated using only core academic subjects (Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) from the submitted report cards.
    Note: Current DPSCD 8th graders who have attended for tthe past two complete academic school years may not need to upload a transcript. 

     

    GPA

    Points

    4.0

    30

    3.9

    29

    3.8

    28

    3.7

    27

    3.6

    26

    3.5

    25

    3.4

    24

    3.3

    23

    3.2

    22

    3.1

    21

    3.0

    20

    2.9

    19

    2.8

    18

    2.7

    17

    2.6

    16

    2.5

    15

    2.4

    14

    2.3

    13

    2.2

    12

    2.1

    11

    2.0

    10

    1.9

    9

    1.8

    8

    1.7

    7

    1.6

    6

    1.5 or less

    5