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Application Process

The Collegiate Academy of Blackman High School Application Process


Who should apply?

Current 8th, 9th or 10th grade students who are interested in being a part of The Collegiate Academy of Blackman High School should have at least a 3.0 GPA and be at or above the 80th percentile in a minimum of two areas of the TCAP for the previous two years. Interested students should also embody the attributes outlined in the Academy Member Profile.


Application and Selection Process

Students will be required to complete the following:

  • Submit an application and statement of intent
  • Go through the Interview Process
  • Submit a creative writing sample (*at the time of the Interview) 
Students will be awarded points based on the following criteria: 
  • Grades
  • Test scores
  • Creative writing sample
  • Interview
  • Attendance
  • Discipline
The application and interview rubrics can be viewed by clicking below:

Applications will be available Monday, December 2nd through Friday, January 10th.


On January 13th, students will receive an email to sign-up for an Interview time. 


Interviews will be held after school 3:45pm- 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 21st, Thursday, January 23rd and Monday, January 27th.


Students should plan for an hour to complete both the Interview and Writing Sample.  In the event of school being out, interviews will be rescheduled.     



Interview Process 

  • Interviews will be held January 21st, 23rd and 27th.   

  • Interviews will be held at Blackman High School after school and will be completed with a faculty member and a current BCA student. 

  • Students will be asked 5-7 of the interview questions that are listed below:

  • How do you think being in the Academy will benefit you?
  • How do you deal with academic difficulty?
  • Tell a story that directly and/or indirectly illustrates the type of person you are.
  • As of right now, what you see as your long term goals in life?
  • What do you see as your strengths?  Tell me about a time when you used this strength?
  • What do you see as your greatest weakness?  Tell me about a time that you overcame that weakness.
  • What local or global community service opportunity has meant the most to you and how has it influenced your future altruistic endeavors?
  • Choose one quotation that defines who you are and explain why that quotation describes you so well.
  • If you had a chance to have a 30 min conversation with any person in history (living or deceased), who would be the person you choose? What topics would you discuss?
  • What current events are you closely following and why?
  • What academic, athletic, or extra-curricular activity has helped shape your life and future goals?
  • Who is someone you look up to and why?
  • How do you prioritize your time when you have a lot of responsibility at once?
  • Who has influenced you the most in your life?


Writing Process 

Applicants will be required to complete a writing sample at the time of the interview.  Below are the questions in which you may choose from.


  • Students will have 45 min. max to complete their writing sample.
  • Students can bring (1) 3x5 notecard with bulleted points and fragments to help prepare.
  • Students may either type or hand write their writing sample. It is highly encouraged for students to type but points will not be deducted from those who choose to hand write unless it is illegible.
Writing Prompts:
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success.  Recount a time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Think back to a situation in your life where you had to decide between taking a risk and playing it safe.  Which choice did you make?  What was the outcome of your choice?  Would you have made the same decision looking back on the experience or would have made a different decision?
  • Good habits improve our physical and emotional health.  Select one of your good habits and write an essay persuading readers to make that habit a part of their lives.
  • What is one problem the world needs to solve and provide an explanation and ideas on how to solve it.
  • Name one real life person and one fictional character you see as heroic.  What makes them heroic?  How are they similar and/or different?
  • What would you do to improve cultural relations in our school/community and how would these actions directly benefit us?



What to bring to the Interview?


Current RCS students: 

  • 3x5 index for your writing prompt *only if needed
  • Test scores if you were not at a RCS school during the 2018-19 school year
Non-RCS students: 
  • 3x5 index card for your writing prompt *only if needed
  • Attendance Records
  • Discipline Records
  • Report Card/Transcripts for the 2018-19 school year 
  • Test scores


Acceptance Letters will be mailed home on Friday, February 14th.