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Admissions Information

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There's a seat waiting for you at Metro Early College Schools!

Apply to Metro Schools!

Current Year Application Link: APPLICATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR

Complete the application at the link above to be considered for admission to Metro Schools for the 2021-22 school year. (Do not use this link if you intend to apply for the 2022-23 year; see below for the correct application.)

Our initial lottery drawing takes place the first week of March, with additional drawings in the spring/summer until all available seats are filled for fall enrollment. Metro will conduct a lottery for second semester admissions (January start) if seats become available during fall term. Students on the wait list will be included in this lottery drawing.

APPLY NOW for January 2022 Admissions!

Seats are currently available for new middle school and 9th grade students! If you are interested in having your child join Metro Schools for spring semester (January 2022 start date), please submit the application linked above before November 30. Seats will be filled starting November 19, 2021.

Interested in Metro for a Future School Year?

Fall 2022 Application Link: APPLICATION FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

Looking for a great middle or high school program for the 2022-2023 school year? We invite you to apply to Metro Schools! Applications will be accepted starting November 2021 for next year's enrollment lottery. Initial lottery results will be sent to parents by email in March of 2022.

Applications for 2023 and Beyond

If you have a student who will be eligible to apply to Metro beyond the 2022-23 school year, we would love to hear from you! Please complete the Metro Application Interest Form to connect with us about future enrollment opportunities.

Application Tips:

  • Ensure you are completing the application for the correct school year.

  • Applications do not roll over from year to year for students on the wait list. To be considered for a subsequent year, you must apply again using the new application.

  • All information should be filled out and submitted by a parent/guardian to ensure accuracy. Incorrect/incomplete information can affect the admissions/enrollment process. 

  • Apply using the student's full legal name (as it appears on their birth certificate). 

  • Provide accurate/current parent email addresses to receive communications about admissions and enrollment.

  • Initial lottery results are typically available by the second week of March.

Prospective Student Information Sessions

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Families of new applicants are encouraged to join us for an Information Session to learn more about Metro's educational programming and student expectations. Attendance at the Information Session is encouraged to ensure Metro is a good fit for your child.

Fall 2021 Information Session & Admissions Meeting

When: Tuesday, November 30 at 6pm

Where: Metro Schools, 1929 Kenny Road

Who: Families of students who receive an admissions offer for January 2022 start and families interested in applying to Metro Middle or High School for the 2022-23 school year.

What: Come hear from Metro administrators about our academic program, student expectations and take a tour of the school. Our goal is to ensure parents are well equipped to determine if Metro is a good fit for their child's educational needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 beginning of March.

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. Our program is rigorous and requires that students be actively engaged in a learning process that includes remediation of material that is not initially mastered. 

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. The only exception are siblings of currently enrolled students, who can be granted priority for open seats.

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 the beginning of March, with results typically sent to applicants by email by 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; both the student and at least one parent/guardian must 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 anything else needed to complete the admissions process?

Yes. Once families confirm their intent to enroll at Metro, they will receive instructions to complete an online registration process. All parts of the process must be completed to move forward with enrollment. In addition, the annual student fee should be paid before the start of fall term classes. Student Fee Information

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. Groveport-Madison has provided busing in past years. Other districts may provide parents with reimbursement for travel; check with your district transportation office for availability and requirements. 

Where busing is not available, we encourage families to organize carpool groups.

Early College Program Presentation

Want to learn more about the advantages of Early College programming ? Take a few minutes to watch the video below to see how early college schools like Metro are making a difference in Central Ohio.