Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

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Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard
Columbus, (Franklin County), Ohio 43215
United States
Coordinates 39°58′22″N 82°59′22″W / 39.97278°N 82.98944°W / 39.97278; -82.98944Coordinates: 39°58′22″N 82°59′22″W / 39.97278°N 82.98944°W / 39.97278; -82.98944
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1976
School district Columbus City Schools
Grades 9-12
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center is a public magnet alternative school for students interested in an intensive academic and arts curriculum. This curriculum brings the study of arts and academics together through innovative activities. It is a school in the Columbus City Schools system.

Fort Hayes is located near downtown Columbus, Ohio.[2] The school opened in 1976 on the site of Fort Hayes, a military base undergoing closure.


Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center has three divisions:

  • Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School
  • Fort Hayes Career Center
  • Arts IMPACT Middle School(AIMS)


Each year students apply for 180 freshman openings and are selected by lottery. If a student goes to Arts IMPACT Middle School, which is on the same campus as Fort Hayes, they can choose to go to Fort Hayes without going through the lottery.


All students are enrolled in college preparatory classes, and in courses relating to art history, art appreciation, performance, art creation, and art criticism. Students may choose AP classes in biology, calculus, European history, French, Spanish, studio art, English, and music theory.

The school day is 30 minutes longer than other Columbus public schools.

The school does not offer athletics. However, students can participate in athletic teams at their neighborhood school.

Magnet school[edit]

Any student in a Columbus City Schools high school, or other high school in Franklin County, may apply to take classes in the Career Center. There are 18 intensive one-year, and two-year, programs in the areas of Business, Health, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. The students in these programs have finished their first two, or three, years of high school. They come to the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center for a half day each school day.


A 2007 study by U.S. News and World Report ranked the high school branch of Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center amongst the top high schools in the United States.[3] The school was one of the 405 high schools to win a silver medal, ranking it below the 100 schools that won a gold medal and above the 1,086 schools that won a bronze medal. A total of 18,790 high schools were surveyed.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17. 
  2. ^ 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus, Ohio, 43215. URL accessed 17-April-2007.
  3. ^ "Fort Hayes Metro Education Center High School: Best High Schools". Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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