Complete the application above to be considered for admission to Metro Schools for the fall of 2021. Deadline to be included in the March enrollment lottery is 2/21/21. Applications received after that date will be put on a waitlist until the initial lottery is completed.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 location. 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. All applications received by the deadline will be included in a lottery for available seats, which will be conducted by the end of February each year.
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 decisions in the lottery process. As part of the admissions meeting, we ask that families consider our program expectations before accepting the admissions offer.
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 typically available before the second week 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 required to participate in an admissions meeting. 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 attend an admissions meeting.
What is the purpose of the admissions meeting?
The meeting is designed to help families determine whether Metro is an appropriate fit for their student, taking into consideration their learning style, educational needs and future goals. Our purpose is to help families make an informed enrollment decision based on a clear picture of our educational program and expectations. Participation in these meetings is mandatory to continue the enrollment process; it is strongly encouraged that both the student and at least one parent/guardian attend.
What happens after the admissions meeting?
Students are given up to one week from the date of the meeting to accept or decline their seat by returning a signed accept/decline form online. A response 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, which will then be offered to another student on the waiting list. 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. The following districts currently provide a bus to Metro: Columbus, Hilliard, South-Western. Other districts may provide parents with reimbursement for travel. In addition, we encourage families to organize carpool groups as needed.