• THE APPLICATION PROCESS

    When will I be notified if I have been accepted?

    All 9th grade students will receive notice of acceptance or denial of their application to an exam high school on January 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. High School transfer students will receive notice of acceptance or denial of their application on January 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. Students who apply in the second round (June 29, 2020 deadline) will be notified at 6 p.m. July 24, 2020. 

    How will I be notified?

    Notification will be sent to the email address associated with the application. Applicants may also log into their Submittable account after the notification deadline.

    May I pick up a paper copy of the application?

    No, the entire application must be completed onlineVisit detroitk12.org/examschools to apply. 

    Who should complete the application? 

    A parent or guardian should complete the application and is required to electronically sign it, unless they give permission for someone else to sign it. The student will be required to write the essay. We recommend that the student draft the essay, save it to a flash drive so the parent/guardian may upload it to the application.  

    Whose email should I use to create my application account? 

    The email associated with the Submittable account will be used for all communications regarding the application, the exam and enrollment. Please be sure the email address meets the following criteria: 

    • Belongs to, or is easily accessible by, the applicant’s parent/guardian 
    • Is an account that is frequently checked 

    We do not recommend using a DPSCD-issued student email account, unless the parent/guardian has access to the login information. 

    Who may I use as a reference?

    Applicants may use anyone other than a family member as a reference (e.g. mentor, teacher, principal, coach, etc.) 

    I do not have a home computer. How can I submit an application? 

    The application is mobile friendly, so you can apply with any internet-enabled device like a smart phone or tablet. If not, we encourage you to attend one of our workshops. Computers and scanners will be available for applicants’ use. Please bring all required information with you to the workshop so that you will be able to complete the entire application on site.  

    Click here to sign up to attend to attend our workshops. For a list of upcoming workshops, click here. 

    Is there a limit on how many schools I may apply for? 

    Students may apply for all five examination high schools and will be asked to rank their top three choices. We recommend keeping your options open and selecting all schools that are reasonable options for you. 

    What document should I supply to show GPA? 

    Application reviewers must be able to see applicants' cumulative grade point average (GPA). If the report card does not show a cumulative GPA, the student will receive a score of 0 out of the 30 points that are possible.  

    In lieu of a transcript or report card that shows a cumulative GPA, students may submit the two most recent year-end report cards. The admissions team will reconstruct a cumulative GPA using only core academic subjects: Math, ELA, Social Studies, Science. 

    How do I obtain a transcript? 

    Please contact your school's main office or see your guidance counselor to request a transcript. Ensure it is from no earlier than the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.  

    I attend a private school and am not sure if I have a cumulative grade point average, or what it might be.  

    Please contact your school's main office or see your guidance counselor to request a transcript. Ensure it is from no earlier than the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.  

    May I take a picture of my transcript and upload it? 

    Yes, you can take a picture of your transcript or report card(s) and upload it as long as it is legible. After you have uploaded it, check to make sure the cumulative GPA is clearly visible. We recommend that you use one of the following apps to scan your documents, as they are more reliably clear. These apps are available for Apple and Android mobile phones. 

    • Clear Scanner 
    • Adobe Scan 
    • CamScanner 
    • Tiny Scanner 
    • TurboScan. 

    My student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), will my student receive accommodations during the test?   

    Yes, the application will specifically ask if a student has an IEP. Choose the yes option. You will be prompted to upload a copy of the IEP. This will allow us to determine what type of accommodations, if any, are required for your student during the test. 

    My student attends a private school. Does he/she have an Individualized Education Plan? 
    No, however, the equivalent is a Non-Public Service Plan. Please request a copy from your child’s school. 

    My student is home schooled, what should I submit as a transcript?

    Students who are home schooled should reference the following information to create a transcript. Please contact the Office of Enrollment for additional questions at exam.schools@detroitk12.org or (313) 873-6345. 

     

    Michigan Department of Education- Right to Homeschool Information 

    Transcript Template