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. One-third of seats are prioritized for applicants in each category. 

What academic information is used to determine the composite score?

Students' highest grades in four courses—English, math, social studies, and science––will be used. To determine which grades to use, we will choose the highest grade in each of these courses, 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

Because a variety of grading scales are used across schools, each course grade being used for admissions will be converted to 100-400 points. These course grades will then be averaged together. Based on this average, students are assigned a category: high, middle, low.

What is the composite score range for each category?

The composite score range that makes up each category will be determined once all High School applications have been submitted. We will update this information once it is available.

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
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