We're delighted that you're interested in applying to Phoenix.
Phoenix Middle School houses approximately 85 seventh graders and 80 eighth-graders and is staffed by 18 full-time teachers and support staff. Our school is based upon the integration of a core curriculum with critical thinking, global education, arts, wellness, and community interaction. This is achieved through collaboration among the staff members, who work extensively to combine, streamline, and enhance the traditional middle school curriculum to make each student's educational experience as meaningful as possible.
Each year, we review our process for the Phoenix Middle School lottery (2022/23 selection guidelines). As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, we will be drawing students from the current 6th-grade class.
How to Apply:
Review the Phoenix Website
Attend Information Meetings
Phoenix Middle School is an option for families in Worthington Schools, and we invite all parents of current 6th graders to learn about our school and see if it will be a good fit for their children. Below are recommended opportunities to learn about Phoenix Middle School:
Student/Parent Information Meeting
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (6:30-8:00 PM)
Location: *Zoom (links will be emailed directly to all eligible Worthington families)
Staff will lead prospective students and families through an overview of the program.
Open House for Prospective Families
Saturday, February 26 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Location: Phoenix Middle School
Staff, current students, and parents will be available for personal tours.
* Note: If you are interested in applying and do not receive an email before the scheduled meeting, contact Phoenix Middle School.
|Complete and Submit the Application
To apply to be a Phoenix 7th grader for the 2022-2023 school year, parents/students must complete the online application and submit it no later than Friday, March 11, 2022, at 4:00 pm. Students that have submitted completed applications on time will be entered into a lottery and randomly selected on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. All students not selected will be placed on a waitlist. Worthington School officials reserve the right to remove any application that is fraudulent or incomplete.
The Lottery Process
- The Phoenix Middle School lottery is conducted at the district level; not the school. All questions about the lottery process should be referred to Jeanne Prest, Administrative Assistant to Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education, at 614-450-6015
Lottery Selection Guidelines for the 2022-2023 School Year >>
- Students will be drawn from the lottery by neighborhood schools. To be eligible, students must be residents in the Worthington School district when school begins in the Fall of the upcoming school year. The lottery will be live-streamed. Students are NOT required to be present at the lottery on drawing day to be eligible for a spot.
- Worthington Schools will contact Families to confirm admission.
7th Grade Waitlist Practices
- Students not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist by home middle school. If a student who is selected in the lottery declines the spot, students from the waitlist will be contacted and offered spaces until all are filled.
- Waitlist calls will be placed based on home school. If a student declines, the next student on the waitlist will be contacted.
- If the waitlist for a single middle school is exhausted, enrollment numbers from the other two middle schools will determine the next waitlist.
- Students remaining on the waitlist will remain on the list through their 8th-grade year.
8th Grade Waitlist Practices
- Phoenix staff may begin to contact the 8th-grade waitlist once enrollment numbers for the class go below 80 students.
- The first waitlist that will be contacted is the home middle school of the student leaving. If a student accepts a position, the process will stop.
- If all members from the home middle school waitlist have declined, Phoenix enrollment numbers from the other two middle schools will determine the next waitlist.
- Due to our unique schedule, we allow current Phoenix families with a student who is currently enrolled at Phoenix as a 7th grader (moving to 8th grade) to have automatic admittance for an incoming 7th-grade sibling. [Please Note: Even if a 6th grader has a sibling who is currently enrolled as a Phoenix 7th grader, they MUST complete and submit an application. Students without applications WILL NOT be entered in the lottery regardless of whether their sibling is in the current Phoenix 7th grade class.
- Families with multiple students in the same grade and in the same household (ex. twins, steps) can submit a separate application for each student. In the case that a student from that household is selected, offers will be extended to each additional student for the upcoming school year but each additional student will not take any seats away from other students in the lottery.
- All seventh-graders attending Phoenix in the 7th grade will automatically matriculate into the eighth-grade class.
- The children of Phoenix staff can be added to the new class after an application is submitted. The Phoenix staff’s students do not take any seats away from other students in the lottery.
- After the lottery has been completed and we have our new 7th-grade class, we will host the new students at Phoenix MS for an Orientation/Open House on the morning of May 12, 2022. Parents will need to provide transportation to and from Phoenix that morning. More information will be provided to students who are selected.
- We will also hold New Parent Orientation/Acceptance Meetings between March 21 and April 8. More information will be provided in the future.
We look forward to meeting you and your 6th-grade students during our recruitment process this spring!
The Phoenix Middle School Staff