Who can apply?
Metro is open to students from all across central Ohio. There is no restriction on the county or district of residence as long as students can physically attend classes at our Kenny Road or Grant Street locations. Recruitment will focus on filling openings in grade 6 for the Middle School and grade 9 for the High School for the following school year.
Metro Early College High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, ancestry, familial status, military status or disability in its educational programs, activities, and employment policies. All district policies, programs, practices, procedures, and decisions shall be reviewed to assure the rights of all students and employees to equal educational and employment opportunities as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and by law.
How do I apply?
To be considered for admission, students must complete the online application by the set deadline in mid-February of each year. All applications received by the deadline will be included in a lottery for available seats.
Do grades affect admission?
No. Our admissions process is non-selective, meaning that a student’s previous academic performance is not used as the basis for enrollment. All admissions offers are based on lottery results.
Are applicants considered on a first come, first served basis?
No. All applications received by deadline are given the same consideration in our lottery process.
What if I apply after deadline?
Applications received after deadline will be placed on a waiting list and will not be included in lottery drawings unless the pool of applications received by deadline is exhausted.
When is the lottery conducted?
The initial lottery will be conducted by end of February with results available by beginning of March.
How will I be notified of lottery results?
Students whose applications are drawn in the lottery will be notified by email and will be invited to participate in a personal interview. All other applicants will receive notice by email that they are on the waiting list; they will be included in subsequent lottery rounds for any seats that remain open after the first round. Students drawn in subsequent rounds will be contacted by email to schedule an interview.
What is the purpose of the interview?
The interview process is designed to help families determine whether Metro is an appropriate fit for their student. Interview teams consist of current staff, students and parents who can answer questions about our school. Our goal is to help families make an informed enrollment decision based on a clear picture of our educational program and expectations. Metro does not use interviews as the basis for admissions, as those attending have received a seat offer.
What happens after the interview?
Students are given one week from the date of the interview to accept or decline their seat by returning a signed accept/decline form. The form must be received by the set date to secure admission. If a response is not received, it will be interpreted as a decline of the seat; that spot will then be offered to another student on the waiting list through a second lottery draw. This process continues until all seats are filled.
Is Metro part of the Columbus City Schools’ lottery?
No. Metro conducts its own lottery. Students in the Columbus district may participate in both the CCS and Metro lotteries.
Does Metro provide busing?
No. Transportation falls back to the district of residence. Four of our participating districts offer busing. Other districts provide parents with reimbursement for travel. High School students who reside in the Columbus district are eligible to receive a student ID/COTA bus pass. In addition, we encourage families to organize carpool groups as needed.