City Schools Hosting Choice Fair Downtown This Saturday

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Most Baltimore City Schools students get the chance to pick which middle or high school they want to attend. With that big decision looming, the school system is once again hosting a fair this weekend to help them get a better understanding of what each school has to offer.

This Saturday’s fair will take place at the Convention Center. With thousands of fifth-graders heading into middle school and eighth-graders heading into high school, the school system offers these events each year to make sure everyone has a chance to scope things out.

This Saturday, 50 schools will be setting up booths, according to a spokesperson for the school system. Students will also have a chance to see demonstrations from the culinary, robotics, health professions, cosmetology and construction programs, which let them pick a concentration directed more towards an occupation than the general curriculum. Even if a student isn’t interested in any of those areas, they can enjoy some free bite-sized food from the young chefs in the culinary program or get a free manicure from the cosmetology apprentices.

The enrollment office will also have staff members on hand to help guide students through what they need to know about school choice. According to a City Schools spokesperson, the Maryland Transit Administration is also sending staff to walk the young attendees through the bus routes they would need to take to get to a school in another part of the city from where they live.

The School Choice Fair and the various open houses at select schools over the next couple months in a sense serve as demos for those who haven’t already come up with a top-five list of where they would like to end up. After making those picks, they fill in an application and send it in to the school choice liaison or to the Office of Enrollment and Attendance. Next school year’s applications are due on Jan. 20, 2017.

Here’s a complete guide for those who want a run-down of all the options.

The School Choice Fair runs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hall A of the Baltimore Convention Center.

This article has been corrected to reflect the correct number of schools that will be at the choice fair.

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