Specialty Program Application Process 

Step 1: Research Your Options

  • Research programs at your base school
  • Review specialty program information, including program types and offerings
  • Attend Specialty Program Information Nights
  • Attend school-specific Information Nights

Step 2: Apply Online

  • Application opens November 1
  • Visit the PWCS Specialty Application Process Page
  • Click on the "Apply Here" button
  • Create an account and associate students as applicable
  • Complete applications for desired programs by the Feb 1 deadline. This is a firm deadline.
  • Upload any program required documentation

Step 3: Selection

  • Schools review applicant information for specific eligibility criteria

Step 4: Notification

  •  Acceptance information will be communicated through the application portal.
  • Families will receive an email asking them to check the portal for a decision.

Acceptance Results

  • Accepted: Students who are accepted in their chosen specialty program receive notification of acceptance
  • Not Accepted: Students who are not offered acceptance have not met entrance requirements or program acceptance numbers have been met. These students will attend their zoned school.
  • Waitlisted: Students who are waitlisted will be notified, in waitlist order, if a position becomes available in the program.

Step 5: Program Acceptance

  • Families must declare their intent to participate in the accepted specialty program by March 5, 2022. An link has been sent by email to families of students in the program. Please contact the coordinator at [email protected] if your child is currently in the program and you did not receive the link. 

Off-Cycle Applications

  • Students who enroll in PWCS outside of the application period have thirty days from the date of entry to apply to a specialty program. 
  • For access to the application, contact Karima Wesselhoft, Supervisor of Advanced Academics and Specialty Programs, at [email protected]
  • Please visit the Specialty Programs Webpage
  • Returning Math Science Specialty Students DO NOT need to reapply but do need to accept continuance in the program by March 5, 2022.