Congratulations on taking this first step on the road to an educational experience to unleash your exhilarating potential!
NOTE: The deadline to apply for Semester 1 was Friday, May 17, 2019. We will consider all applications that come in after that, but keep in mind that late applicants are not guaranteed a space for Semester 1.
Students interested in attending Shabazz must start the application process at least the quarter before they would like to begin.
All MMSD students in grades 9-12 are welcome to apply to Shabazz. Students who live outside of the MMSD boundaries can pursue Open Enrollment or pay MMSD tuition.
The process begins by completing the short Application Form. All applicants' individual school record will be reviewed to determine if students are eligible for an interview. Eligibility requirements are listed here.
After the initial review to determine eligibility, the applicant’s name is then given to an intake interviewer who will call to discuss our program and set up an interview. The student and a parent or guardian must attend the intake interview, which takes 1 to 1½ hours.
A shadow day will be scheduled after the interview. On the shadow day, the applicant attends a full, regular day of classes with a guide. The student writes down feelings and thoughts throughout the day, which get turned in to the interviewer at dismissal. Shabazz students and teachers can also turn in feedback about the shadow day.
All this information – the student’s current school record, interview, and shadow day feedback – is taken into consideration to decide if a student is eligible. About three weeks before the end of each semester staff meet to decide which students are eligible to be entered into the lottery. All applicants, whether accepted or not, will be called by the intake interviewer with the decision. Accepted students will receive a packet in the mail with information about starting at Shabazz.