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, students working on wooden model in architecture class ensuring students have access to the tools they need to thrive and be successful.

MNPS is home to 160 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.


School Options Application  

Please note there are two separate application links: One for the current school year 2023-2024 and one for the 2024-2025 school year. 

  • The random selection process for the 2023-2024 school year is closed.
  • The application remains open for New to Metro families to apply to schools with seat availability. 
  • New to the school district or switching schools?
    • 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.

Accept Your Seat for the Current 2023-2024 School Year

2024-2025 School Year Application

  • The application period for the 2024-2025 school year is January 22 to February 9.
  • All families must create a new account on SchoolMint before submitting an application.
    • Watch the videos on this page for instructions on creating the account and submitting the application. Text transcription also is provided.
  • Selection results for grades Kindergarten through 10th are made available on March 4, 2024.
  • Selection results for grades 11th and 12th are made available March 22, 2024.

Accept Your Seat for 2024-2025 by March 22

Download Application Booklets

The informational application booklets, translated into several languages, are in the document container on this page. 


Instructional Application Videos

Step 1: Creating an Account - English
Step 2: Submitting an Application - English
1. Crear una Cuenta - Spanish
2. El Proceso de Solicitud para Opciones Escolares
1. Creating an Account - Arabic
2. Submitting an Application - Arabic
  • The videos walk you through creating a SchoolMint account and submitting an application.
  • The videos are available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
  • If you would like to read the instructions the video transcript is provided in the tabs.
  • The instructions can be translated into several languages by using the translation tool on the top of our webpage. The videos can be watched in other languages on YouTube as well.



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 2024-2025

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Translated Optional Schools Application