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DPSCD examination high school application period ending soon!

The District has shifted to an online-only platform - parent workshops available

DETROIT – Dec. 3, 2018 – Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) announced today its examination high school application process is now open to public school and non-public school students entering grades 9 – 11 in Fall 2019. For the first time, the District has transitioned to an online-only platform,, designed to streamline the application process and allow flexibility for applicants and their families.

The District has five examination high schools including the new Marygrove campus, welcoming its inaugural class this fall.

A Snapshot of DPSCD Examination High Schools:

  • Cass Technical High School – The only International Baccalaureate public high school in Detroit.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School – MSAT Mathematics Science, (Arts, Athletics, and Applied Technology); CISC-Center for International Studies and Commerce; CPLA-College Preparatory and Liberal Arts Programs; and NAF Industry Certifications in Finances.
  • Renaissance High School - Advanced placement classes and strong college preparatory curriculum.
  • Southeastern High School - Business and Administration Pathway is certified by the Michigan Department of Education and NAF.
  • NEW P20 Marygrove High School Campus (for grade 9 only) – The first social justice and engineering pathway curriculum, the first and only exam high school to be located on a college campus in Michigan.

Four DPSCD examination high schools are included in the state’s top schools touting robust alumni associations ranging from our nation’s political and business leaders, artists, professional athletes and scholars. All exam high schools offer college dual-enrollment, with select schools touting unique career pathways for students interested in curriculum with emphasis on advanced technology to liberal arts. Students from DPSCD exam high schools earn millions in college scholarships every year.

Examination High School Application Requirements

The examination high school process is open to public school and non-public school students, entering grades 9 - 11 for the 2019-2020 school year. Students must take the exam and submit their application, which includes: a letter of interest and GPA. Out-of-district grade 8 and all transfer students test on January 26 and February 2 at Brenda Scott and Earhart.

Students will be asked to list their top four out of five choices of schools. In addition, students are allowed to save and return to their application while in progress. It must be completed and submitted by the January 18 deadline.

The online-only portal is inclusive of the following: student application, application review, and the appeals and pre-enrollment process; the portal also contains a calendar for upcoming workshops, study guides and an FAQ to support families. In addition, the workshops, hosted by the DPSCD enrollment staff, allow for accessible application information. These neighborhood locations are equipped with on-site application support and submissions. The parent workshop portion will include support from interpreters (American Sign Language, Spanish, Arabic and Bengali) and lead by the District’s guidance counselors and staff from the Office of Family and Community Engagement.

More than a dozen parent workshops are scheduled at various locations across Detroit, starting Tuesday, December 4 and running through the application deadline on Friday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. For more information on the examination high school process, requirements and testing dates, visit For questions regarding the application or enrollment, contact the DPSCD Office of Enrollment at 313-873-6345 or