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Admissions Requirements: 2017-2018 School Year


Admissions/Application Requirements:

  • 2.75 minimum GPA in core subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English); 3.0 GPA Preferred
  • Scored a "MetExpectations" or "Exceeded Expectations" on each section of the PARCC exam or another state-mandated test (Official score report needed)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (English teacher, Math teacher, and Counselor)
  • 9th Grade Applicants: Final 7th grade report card and current 8th grade report card
  • 10th Grade Applicants: Final 8th grade report card and current 9th grade report card
  • Essay
  • Interview


Essay Question:

Describe a time when you overcame an obstacle. What was the obstacle and what steps did you take to overcome it? How do you plan to channel that motivation here at McKinley? (Please respond in 300 words or less)


How To Apply:

All students must submit a complete application, online, at in order to be considered for admission. (Note: Any falsified information submitted on behalf of a student will render an application ineligible.)


Student Interviews:

Select students who meet our admissions criteria will be invited to complete an interview at McKinley. The interviews will be conducted by current McKinley students and staff. Students who are invited to interview will be contacted, by email, about next steps to confirm their interview date and time.


Student Admittance: 

Students are admitted based on their application, interview, and lottery status. Please note that students must maintain the same academic profile under which they were offered admission. 

If you have any questions about the admissions ranking and lottery process, please contact the My School DC Team at (202) 888-6336 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm or at