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Applicant Qualifications

Apply to the Ingenuity Program online or mail or hand deliver paper applications by January 6, 2017 for middle school and by December 15, 2016 for high school to:
The Ingenuity Project | 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Room 100 | Baltimore, MD 21209

  • WE CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY FAX OR SCANNED EMAIL
  • APPLICATIONS CAN BE DELIVERED TO THE INGENUITY OFFICE BETWEEN 8:30 AM AND 4:30 PM
  • APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL BE CONSIDERED IF THERE ARE OPENINGS
 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY:

  • All Baltimore City residents are eligible to apply. Ingenuity serves students with a history of strong performance and interest in math and science, an aptitude toward complex and logical thinking, persistence, a curiosity to learn, and the ability to grasp new material and concepts quickly.
  • All applicants must take the Ingenuity ability test (Cognitive Abilities Test™ Form 7). The test contains verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative sections. Free sample practice tests will be provided to all applicants. There is no minimum composite score that determines placement from year to year. Students are typically offered seats from the top of the composite score rank.
  • Applicants will be given a confirmation email or letter to attend Ingenuity’s test day at least two weeks prior to testing. Testing is on January 21, 2017 (If Baltimore City Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather the alternate test date will be February 11, 2017).
  • School placement is typically assigned according to rank, based on Ingenuity admission test scores, PARCC results, and grades.  Top-ranking applicants receive their first choice of school until those slots are filled.  Selecting a second and third choice increases your child’s chances of admission to the program. You will only be considered for placement at the schools you rank.  If more than one choice is not indicated and that choice is filled, no alternative offer will be given.
  • The common entry point for the program is 6th grade. There are generally 150 spots available. Students are enrolled for all three middle school years. Spots are limited for entry in grades 7 and 8, as a majority of students enter in 6th grade.
  • By applying, you are giving consent for Ingenuity to receive your child’s PARCC results (or iReady if PARCC is not available), last year’s math and reading report card final grades, and first-quarter math and reading report card grades from the district to calculate Ingenuity’s composite score.

*If your child is NOT currently enrolled in a Baltimore City Public School, applicant is required to provide the Ingenuity Principal/Guidance Counselor Form (download from Ingenuity’s website) with official report card. Students who did not take the PARCC assessment last year must contact Ryan Jones in the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Office of Assessment at (443) 642-4619 or rcjones01@bcps.k12.md.us to schedule the iReady assessment by January 6, 2017.  

ACCEPTANCE LETTERS WILL BE MAILED BY APRIL 1, 2017

 

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY:

  • All Baltimore City residents are eligible to apply.
  • Students should complete Algebra I or demonstrate proficiency of Algebra I level topics prior to entering the program. The Ingenuity math sequence begins with Honors Geometry in 9th grade and progresses to Honors Algebra II in 10th grade finishing senior year with Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus.  
  • Applicants must also complete the Baltimore City Public Schools High School Choice application requesting Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) as your first choice.  Ask your middle school guidance counselor or call the Office of Enrollment & Attendance at (410) 396-8600 to request this application or visit http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/choice. All City Schools students should submit their application to their school. Non-City (private or independent) school students should submit their district application to the Office of Enrollment & Attendance.
  • Students applying to Ingenuity should rank Poly as their “first choice” on the City Schools Choice application, however if a student ranks another high school as his/her “first choice” but accepts Ingenuity, the student must decline the other high school assignment by April 28, 2017 with the Office of Enrollment.  All students accepted to Ingenuity must also have a qualifying district composite score for entrance to Poly. Students who have applied to a charter school must also tell the school of his/her decline directly.
  • All applicants must take the Ingenuity tests: the Cognitive Abilities Test™ Form 7 (containing verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative sections) and an Algebra I exam. Sample free practice tests will be provided to all applicants. Applicants will be given a confirmation email or letter to attend Ingenuity’s test on January 21, 2017(If Baltimore City Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather the alternate test date will be February 11, 2017).
  • There is no minimum Ingenuity composite score that determines placement from year to year. Students are typically offered seats from the top of the Ingenuity composite score rank.
  • By applying, you are giving consent for Ingenuity to receive your child’s PARCC results (or iReady if PARCC is not available), last year’s math and reading report card final grades, and 1st quarter math and reading report card grades from the district to calculate Ingenuity’s composite score.

*If your child is NOT currently enrolled in a Baltimore City Public School, applicant is required to provide the Ingenuity Principal/Guidance Counselor Form (download from Ingenuity’s website) with official report card. Students who did not take the PARCC assessment last year must contact Ryan Jones in the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Office of Assessment at (443) 642-4619 or rcjones01@bcps.k12.md.usto schedule the iReady assessment by December 15, 2016 

ACCEPTANCE LETTERS WILL BE MAILED BY MARCH 20, 2017