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 15, 2022.

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 wesselka@pwcs.edu 
  • Returning Math Science Specialty Students DO NOT need to reapply but do need to accept continuance in the program by March 15, 2022.