Magnet Program

Why Columbus High?

We lead the way

#2 HS in Georgia 

#83 HS in the Nation

We offer AP and Advanced Course Opportunities to:

Excel Academically

Attract Colleges

Earn College Credit

We take learning outside the classroom

Annual Dream Trips

70+ Extracurriculars

100+ Championships

We have the numbers to prove it!

$11,000,000 in scholarships for the Class of 2021

99% attend 4 year colleges, 1% attend 2 year colleges

Admission to Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, US Service Academies, UGA, Georgia Tech, and MORE!

The Application Process


Meet the Requirements

All students who attend Columbus High School must reside in Muscogee County or on Ft. Benning. 

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 for the Upcoming School-Year

You must submit your MCSD Magnet Application for the upcoming school-year online beginning in October and ending in January.


If  you move to the Columbus area after the MCSD window has closed?

Contact our Magnet Office for information.  



Take your Test!

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 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  a welcome message after the online decision is confirmed. Then, you will pick up an admissions packet at the school!

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 exhibit academic excellence.
    • 8th grade applicants: Demonstrate an 82+ average in all courses.
    • 9th and 10th grade transfer applicants: Demonstrate an unweighted 3.5+ GPA. 
    • All potential transfer students must submit transcripts for evaluation before testing. 
  • 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 8:00am and lasts until 12:00pm on our school campus. The testing dates for 2023-2024 admissions are:

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023

Admissions Criteria

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