Educational Option (Ed. Opt) Admissions Method

Did you apply to any educational option (ed. opt) programs this year? Read on to learn more about this admissions method.

Ed. opt. programs admit students across all academic levels, with the goal of promoting academic diversity at the school. Students are grouped into low, middle, and high categories based on a composite of their academic data. Applicants in each category will be prioritized for a distinct set of seats.

What academic information is used to determine the composite score?

A student's highest grade in each of four courses—English, math, social studies, and science is used from the following:

  • Final course grades from seventh grade
  • Marking period or end-of-term grades from eighth grade, available by the high school application deadline 

These four course grades are then averaged together to form the student's composite score. Based on this average, students are assigned a category: high, middle, low.

How Grading Scales Convert to Points

Because a variety of grading scales are used across schools, each course grade being used for admissions are converted to 100-400 points using the table below:

 POINTS 0-100 Scale1-4 Scale IB Scale U-E Scale MB-ME A-F Scale 
 400 85-100 3(+/-), 4(+/-) IB6, IB7 G, G+, E-, E, E+ MA, ME B, B+, A-, A, A+
 300 75-84 2, 2+ IB4, IB5 G-, S+, S MT C, C+, B-
 200 65-74 2-, 1+IB2, IB3  S-, N+, N MP D, D+, C-
 100 10-64 1, 1- IB1 U, N- MB D-, F

What is the composite score range for each category?

Applicants to Ed Opt programs will fall into one of the following three categories based on their composite score. These categories are divided as evenly as possible into thirds:

  • Low category: Composite score range is less than or equal to 300. This year, 28% of applicants to ed. opt. programs are in this category; students in the low category will be prioritized for 28% of seats.
  • Middle category: Composite score range is greater than 300 and less than 400. This year, 31% of applicants to ed. opt. programs are in this category; students in this category will be prioritized for 31% of seats.
  • High category: Composite score is 400. This year, 41% of applicants to ed. opt. programs are in this category; students in this category will be prioritized for 41% of seats.

What if a student is missing academic data?

Students who are missing data will automatically be considered in the middle category. 

What if the educational option program also has a Diversity in Admissions (DIA) initiative?

For educational option programs that also have a DIA, offers will be made in each category within each group. For example, if the program has a 65% Free Reduced Lunch (FRL) priority offers would be made in the following groups:

  • General Education (GE) students eligible for FRL – 65% of GE seats = 1/3 High, 1/3 Middle, 1/3 Low
  • General Education (GE) - 35% of GE seats = 1/3 High, 1/3 Middle, 1/3 Low
  • Students with Disabilities (SWD) eligible for FRL – 65% of SWD seats = 1/3 High, 1/3 Middle, 1/3 Low
  • Students with Disabilities (SWD) - 35% of SWD seats = 1/3 High, 1/3 Middle, 1/3 Low