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Message From Admissions

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in McKinley Tech High School

Selecting the right high school can be an overwhelming and scary experience for some, while it can be a no-brainer for others. No matter how this season presents to you, I am here to support you as you explore what high school can be like at McKinley Tech.

Here, at McKinley Tech, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the best in STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). However, we are so much more than just a STEM school. We pride ourselves on having comprehensive offerings in athletics, extracurricular clubs and activities, college and career exploration, student leadership opportunities, visual and performing arts, and so much more.

I challenge you to take notes on what you value in your high school experience as you go through the very important process of selecting a high school. Is it a nationally recognized STEM Education? Is it an atmosphere of excellence? A place with endless possibilities to succeed? Is it an environment where you will be loved, challenged, and prepared for your future? Ask yourself, what do I value?

The experiences you can receive at McKinley Tech will be like no other in Washington, DC. At McKinley the people you will meet, and the opportunities that are available, will prepare you for a future that will set you apart from others. Upon graduation, you will belong to an expansive network of successful alumni all across the country. Even prior to that, the relationships and network that you can build as a McKinley Tech Trainer can be life-changing.

McKinley Tech will provide you will all of the tools and opportunities that you need to be successful; what you do with those tools and opportunities is truly up to you.

Are you ready to become the best version of yourself? Are you ready to be a part of DCPS' #1 STEM School? If you are up to the challenge? If so, we’re ready to help you along the way.


 Darien Michele Gregory, 

Admissions and Partnerships

Admissions Requirements 

Admissions Requirements for SY2024-2025(as of September 2023)


The 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, McKinley Technology High School, prides itself on a strong college preparatory and STEM-focused framework with NAF programs in the areas of Biotechnology, Engineering Technology, and Information Technology.


All students who wish to apply to McKinley Technology High School must submit an application via Students will complete the application and our admissions process for consideration.


Successful candidates for admission will have a strong academic record, solid work ethic, high aspirations for their future, good character, and the ability to work well with students, teachers, and staff.

9th-10th Grades

Students applying for 9th grade must submit middle school transcripts or report cards from 7th grade and 8th grade.

The full 7th-grade report card and the first quarter of the 8th-grade report card are reviewed for consideration.

10th-grade applicants must submit 8th and 9th-grade transcripts or report cards through the online application at MySchoolDC.


Factors that will be considered for acceptance include: Academic records, recommendation letters, application essay, and an interview, and additional in-person essay (if requested).


*Please note not all applicants will be asked to interview or complete the in-person essay.

11th Grade

Solid academic record with completion of the following courses: English 9 and 10, Social Studies/History 9 and 10, Algebra I, II, and Geometry, at minimum 1 high school credit in Spanish or Chinese, and at least 1 Advanced Placement course.

Have demonstrated success in McKinley Tech equivalent STEM-based courses in Biotechnology, Information Technology or Engineering.

Writing sample (if requested*)

On-site interview (if requested*)


If you have additional questions regarding the admissions requirements, please email our Admissions and Partnerships Coordinator,

Ms. Darien M. Gregory at

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