Why Columbus High? For the...

Top Notch Education

#2 HS in Georgia 

#28 Magnet in Nation

#85 HS in the Nation

31 AP Classes Offered

Excel Academically

Attract Colleges

Earn College Credit

Expansive Opportunities

Annual Study Abroad

70+ Extracurriculars

100+ Championships

Class of 2018

$17,000,000 in scholarships

99% attended college

Yale, UGA, MIT

The Application Process


Meet the Requirements

8th graders: Do you have an 82 or higher in all of your classes? Transfer students: Do you have a 3.5+ unweighted GPA? Good attendance and behavior records? Then apply to CHS!


Submit Your Application

Submit your MCSD Magnet Application online beginning in mid October and ending in mid January. 
Move to the Columbus area after the admissions deadline? Submit a paper application via email to our magnet director. 

Select Your Test Date

Select an admissions test date via the online application. The test is 3 hours long and consists of three portions: Math, English, and Essay. Bring a pencil and a blue or black ink pen with you to test. You must receive a testing confirmation letter from the magnet office in order to participate in a testing session.


Await Decision Day

After testing, decisions are announced via the online application site on a designated date in mid February. Students have one week to decide which magnet school they will attend based on the offers extended through the online application. Students who select CHS will receive an enrollment package in the mail after the online decision is confirmed.

Things to know before applying

Completing the MCSD Magnet Application is required for all students applying to Columbus High School. The online application must be submitted prior to testing. Students will be contacted by CHS to confirm a testing date. 

You will also need:

  • To showcase academic excellence.
    • 8th grade applicants: Demonstrate an 82+ average in all courses.
    • 9th and 10th grade applicants: Demonstrate an unweighted 3.5+ GPA. 
  • To maintain excellent attendance and discipline records. 
  • To successfully complete the CHS entrance exam comprised of a math skills test, an English skills test, and an essay. 

When to Test?

Testing dates will vary from year to year. Testing begins at 8:15am and lasts until 12:00pm on our school campus. The testing dates for 2020-2021 admissions are:
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

Hope Boswell

Columbus High School Magnet Director

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Phone | 706-748-2534

Admissions Criteria

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