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Application Timeline

Please visit the CCPS Specialty Center wesite for application forms and event calendars.


Potential applicants and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend a Specialty Center Fair.  

  • You can view our Virtual Specialty Center Fair here.  


Visit an informational Open House at JRHS and apply to the Center.

  • Applications officially open in early October.  Begin your application here.

  • Visit our Open House in early November.  Attendees hear from current students and also participate in Q&A breakout sessions.

  • Ensure that your middle school counselor is informed of your intent to apply.  Your counselor will forward transcripts and recommendations to our attention.


  • Applications are due in early December


  • Applicant Interviews usually occur in the first or second week of February.  Applicants will be notified via email in January of the opportunity to schedule an interview.


  • Decisions finalized and first round of offers sent from CCPS Office of Student Engagement.

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Candidate selection is reliant on a variety of factors.  When considering applications, we review the following:


  • The applicant's middle school grades (minimum 7th and first semester 8th grade GPA of 2.5);

  • A strong application demonstrating leadership, community service, participation in activities, awards, and other interests;

  • A confidential recommendation from a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade English or Social Studies teacher;

  • A second confidential recommendation from the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade teacher of your choice; and

  • Participation in an interview panel with faculty and students

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