School Options

A School For Every Student

Metro Schools offer a wide variety of unique academic programs, supports, and extracurricular activities in locations that span the city, student holding up a wooden model in engineering class ensuring students have access to the tools they need to thrive and be successful. MNPS is home to 158 schools and a community of dedicated teachers and administrators who provide students with the education they deserve.

Partnering with you and your family, we want to provide your child with a complete educational experience that allows them to graduate prepared for success in college, the professional world, and life. MNPS offers personalized learning Pre-K - 12, making sure every student is known and supported.

  • Families can choose from their zoned school, apply to a charter school, or select a school outside their neighborhood or zone through the school options process.
  • Visit the district maps page for more schools, cluster, optional schools maps. 
    • Optional schools are listed by grade tier on this page, as well.


2023-2024 School Options Application  

Applications submitted from January 23 to February 10 participate in the random selection process.

The application remains open for New to Metro families to apply to schools with seat availability. 


New to the District or Switching Schools in the Current School Year?

We accept, at any time, optional schools applications from students who are new to MNPS or currently enrolled in an MNPS school but would like to apply to a charter that participates in our district's optional school application process. You can begin the application on our optional schools online portal. 




Before You Apply to an Optional School


Explore Metro Schools

To fully compare school options and make informed selections on the Optional Schools Application, families are strongly encouraged to engage with the schools that interest them,orange blob including their zoned school. 

  • Visit the school’s website and social media pages or call the front office to learn about virtual or in-person events — an important step to ensure the climate, culture and educational offerings of a school will meet your child’s needs.
  • A list of optional schools can be reviewed on this page and on the optional school map.


Optional Schools List for 2023-2024

Key for School List:

  • * Indicates charter school
  • (M) indicates magnet school
  • Metro Schools has transitioned the majority of its elementary and middle schools to a Kindergarten to 5 and 6 to 8 grade configuration, respectively. If a school has not made this transition or otherwise follows a different configuration, the grade levels available for enrollment are indicated in parentheses.


Translated Optional Schools Application