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Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Exam Schools are Legendary

Renaissance High School was named one of the top high schools to attend in Michigan, while friendly rival Cass Tech still touts it is second to none. Lisa Phillips, the principal of Cass Technical High School, was celebrated for her contributions in education during the 46th annual Symposium Town Hall & Awards Luncheon for the Black Women's Agenda, Inc. among prominent leaders honored in Washington D.C. About 15,000 people were on hand as celebrities, elected officials and leaders in health, education and business were honored. 

Phillips was included among people like actress Kerry Washington and the past President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Cheryl Isaacs.

The rich legacy of DPSCD exam schools must continue with your student. Please consider applying for one of five examination schools for the Fall 2024 school year. The application window opens at noon on Monday, Oct. 2, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 19. 

Who can apply?​​​​​​​

  • Students entering ninth (9th) grade in Fall 2024
  • Current high school students
  • Students who currently attend an exam high school may apply to transfer to another exam high school

Exam High School Application Requirements
Students must submit an online application and take the High School Placement Test to be considered for admission. Students may only apply once per admissions cycle.

Application Support
We offer a variety of support services for families who are applying, including informational webinars, and in-person and virtual one-on-one application support by appointment. For questions, please email or call (313) 873-6345.


Looking for an Application School instead?

The Detroit School of Arts application is now open at and the Communications & Media Arts High School application is open at