• What is a petition?

    This is for students that took the exam and submitted an application for entrance into a Detroit Public School Community District examination high school but did not receive their desired placement. The District offers the opportunity for these students to participate in a petition process (formerly called appeals) to request a reconsideration of their school assignments or denial of admission to the exam high school of their choice.

    Who may petition?
    Any student who submitted an application, took the exam and received a placement decision.

    I got into a school during Round 1, but it's not the one I want to attend. Can I petition?
    If you missed the first round petition, you may petition to a school that you ranked higher than the one to which you were accepted. You may petition during Round 2, which begins on July 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. August 9.

    Can I petition earlier than Round 2?
    If you are seeking to transfer to a school which you ranked lower on your application than the one to which you were admitted, you may put in a transfer request. The school to which you are requesting to transfer will review your application to determine if they want to accept you. Factors may include the number of seats available at the grade you want to transfer into. Please email the Admissions Office at, for more information. 

    I indicated that I was interested in 5 schools on my application, but only got into one. Why?
    Students are placed in only one school. They are assigned to the school that is the highest ranked choice for which they qualify. 

    How do I begin the petition process?

    Students who want to petition or who were accepted to a school other than their first choice will automatically be assigned a petition form. 

    Who reviews and makes decisions on petitions?

    Examination high school leadership teams will review and decide on petition applications.

    May I petition to more than one exam high school?

    Yes, however, you may only submit one application. Your materials will be viewed by all schools to which you are petitioning.

    Can I petition even if I got my first-choice school?


    I haven't submitted an application or taken the test. Can I petition to get into a school?
    No. Students who applied in Round 1, may complete a Petition Form during the Round 2 petition window, July 31-August 9. 

    Can I take the exam again?

    No. Applicants may take the admissions exam once per annual application cycle. 

    When does the petition process open?

    The petition window for Round 2 applicants will open on July 31, 2020.

    What is the deadline for submitting my petition?

    All Round 2 petitions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. Petitions submitted after this time will not be considered.

    What do I do once I receive my petition form?

    Once you receive your petition form through your Submittable application page, you will first enter your name and then choose which school or schools you are petitioning for admission.

    Here are the other requirements:

    1. ESSAY: What do you think is important for people to know about why you are a strong candidate for your desired school(s)? Your essay must provide an explanation regarding your academic record, circumstances and/or details about other special skills or talent that would not have been revealed during the initial 750-word limit. The applicant must type this into Submittable.
    2. TWO LETTERS OF SUPPORT: Applicants may submit three pieces of evidence that support the claims made in their essay. Two letters of support are required. Applicants may submit an optional third letter of support . Letters may come from teachers, principals, mentors and/or community members. Family members may not submit recommendations on behalf of students. Letters should be specific to the individual student and their qualifications for admission to their desired school.
    3. OPTIONAL THIRD LETTER OR ARTIFACT: In lieu of 1 letter of recommendation,students may submit an artifact that supports the claims made in the essay.This must be uploaded via Submittable.

    Will I need to provide a reference email address?
    No. You must upload your letters of support. They are due with the petition form.

    I just submitted my petition on Submittable. What’s next?

    You may be invited to participate in an interview. This does not apply to all applicants. Students who are invited for an interview will be contacted by the school. Applicants may not request an interview. 

    When will I be notified of the final decision?

    Notification will be given to first-round petition students by March 4, 2020. Round 2 petition students will receive a notification by August 21. You will check your email or log into your Submittable account.

    What if I have more questions about the petition process?

    If you have a specific question that you cannot find online, please email us at or call (313) 873-6345 during regular business hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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