Examination Schools

  • The application window is currently closed. A new application window will open Monday, April 22, 2019. Please complete this survey to receive an email reminder when the application window officially opens. 


    Detroit Public Schools Community District offers enrollment in five selective admission high school programs, which offer rigorous college preparation, career preparation, competitive athletics programs and inspiring arts programs. Students are required to take an examination for admission consideration.

    Early Bird Enrollment for newly admitted students

    Students who applied in January and received a placement are invited to participate in Early Bird Enrollment at the Detroit Public Schools Community District Pop Up Enrollment Center during spring break, the week of April 1-5, 2019.
    The Pop Up will be held at Ben Carson High School, 571 Mack, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Please bring your required enrollment documents with you.

    The Detroit Health Department will be on site to do shot record lookups on Tuesday April 2 from 1-5 p.m. On Thursday, they will do immunizations from 1-5 p.m. and shot record lookups from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    If you plan to get immunizations, you must register in advance by calling (313) 876-IMMS (4667.) 

    Translation services will be available Thursday April 4 from 1-5 p.m.

    Pop Up Enrollment Flyer

    Confirm your seat

    Newly admitted students MUST accept their seat and enroll by May 15, 2019. You may accept your seat by simply clicking on the link in your placement notification.



    Students who did not get placed into their desired exam high school may petition for reconsideration. The petition window for students who applied in January opened on Friday March 15, 2019, and closes on Friday April 5, 2019. 
    Petitioning students will be required to submit a petition form, along with an essay, two mandatory letters of support and either a third letter of support or an uploaded artifact. 

    Please review the Petition Flyer or visit the Petition web page carefully for instructions.

    Please note Parent Workshops will be available for families seeking support with the Petition Process. Scanners and computers will be available at each workshop for use. Petition workshop times are below:

    • Tuesday, March 26: 10am-1pm at Detroit Public Library Main Branch, 5201 Woodward, Explorers Rooms
    • Thursday, March 28: 3-6pm at DPSCD Community Hub West, 16164 Asbury Park 


    Who can apply to an Examination High School?

    Eighth grade students attending public and non-public schools are eligible to apply for the 9th grade class. Current high school students may also apply for openings in grades 9-11. The next application window will open on Monday April 22, 2019 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday June 28, 2019. 

    Placement Exam Information

    The examination high school placement exam is a critical element of the application process. Every applicant must complete the placement exam for admissions consideration for one of the District's examination high schools. The next exam will be administered on Friday July 12, 2019.

    Application Process

    Applications for the 2019-20 school year will be conducted electronically ONLY. No paper applications will be accepted.

    Questions and Answers

    Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please email them to exam.schools@detroitk12.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Application Checklist

    To complete your application, you will need the following.

    • Formal Letter of Student Interest
    • Email address of the person from whom you are seeking a reference/recommendation 
    • Transcript or report card that clearly shows the student's cumulative grade point average. It must be from no earlier than the end of the 2017-18 school year.
    • High school transfer students are required to submit a transcript.



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