Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
Merrol Hyde Magnet School is a Paideia academic magnet school with an emphasis in foreign language. Rigor and challenge at an accelerated pace are expected and embedded in our curriculum.
1. How can I enroll my child in MHMS?
Applications are available each year on November 1. The deadline for applications to be returned is the first week in January. Applicants are tested in February after applications are processed. K-1 students are given an individual age referenced screener. 2nd – 12th grade students are given a group administered grade referenced test. If the number of students who meet selection criteria (85%) exceeds spaces available, a public drawing is held.
2. We do not live in Sumner County but are moving there. Can my child still test?
Applicant must be a resident of Sumner County.
3. What time should I arrive for my child’s test?
Please arrive 10 minutes before the test start time. K-1 grade applicants will test at the SCBOE boardroom. Applicants for grades 2-12 should come to the main entrance at MHMS facing Township Drive.
4. How long is the test, and where should I wait?
K-1 test utilizes an individual screener for each applicant, and takes approximately 15- 45 minutes. *Testing for K-1 will be conducted at the county school board building.
Testing for Grades 2+ takes between 2-1/2 to 3 hours, and is a Group Achievement Test. Parents may drop off their children, then leave and return to pick them up. MHMS personnel will be fully responsible for your child during this time, they will not be allowed to leave MHMS property without a parent.
5. What type of test is given to my child? Can we study?
There are no study guides, but we advise parents that students should “know what typical children who are entering Kindergarten or 1st Grade are expected to know.” Please do not bring anything with you to the test; we do not keep on file IQ tests, photos, letters, etc.
For Grades 2 and above, the test is a Group Achievement Test given by grade level. There are no study aides, however students will be tested on what they typically should know when entering the grade they are testing to enter at MHMS.
For Grades 9-12, students should bring a calculator.
6. What if it snows (ice storm, etc.) on my testing date?
In the past we have administered tests in snowy weather. Our determining factor is the Nashville Airport – if the airport closes due to inclement weather, our tests will be cancelled and rescheduled. Rescheduling information will be on our website.
7. What if I can’t make my test time due to serious illness or other reason?
Please call the school office at 264-6543 no later than 8:00 AM. If your child is sick on your scheduled test date you will be required to provide the school with a physician excuse (dated to include the date of testing) in order to reschedule your child for testing. NO tests will be rescheduled without a physician excuse.
8. When will I receive test results?
Notification of whether your child met selection criteria will be mailed to applicants in early April in the stamped envelope you provided with your application,. A letter with further information will be included to advise you of the next steps.
9. When is the Public Drawing (lottery)?
A date in April of the testing year will be announced and the drawing will take place at 9AM in the MHMS Auditorium. All applicants who meet selection criteria will be included in this public drawing. The Public Drawing is required as there are more applicants to our school than there are spaces for students. Kindergarten students will be drawn first to fill the 40 spots for the kindergarten class. Then students will be drawn for waiting list positions for other grades.
10. I already have a child(ren) attending MHMS; how does this affect my other child(ren) who have applied to the school?
Sibling consideration is given to applicants who have a brother or sister already attending MHMS. A member of administration will cover this in detail at both the School Tours and the Public Drawing.
11. My child is on the XX Grade waiting list.
You will be contacted when there is an opening in your child’s grade. Each year the waiting list is rolled over to the next grade. -- In an effort to align the MHMS screening process with best practices in the use of data, initial screening results will be considered valid for only a three-year span. When that time limit is reached, students remaining on the waiting list will be reconsidered for entry eligibility by using individual results from the district assessments (TCAP, SAT-10, EOC, etc.). Students whose scores are not in the 85%tile range on current assessments will be removed from the waiting list.
12. If my child does not meet selection criteria, what are my options?
You may re-apply to MHMS beginning November 1, through the first of January to repeat this process from the beginning.
13. If my child passes the test but his/her grade is full, what happens?
Students are drawn during the public drawing for a place on the waiting list for his/her grade. Administration will explain the waiting list policy during School Tours or at the Public Drawing.
14.Is there a dress code at the school?
Yes, all students K-12 are required to wear school uniforms from three approved vendors: French Toast, Lands’ End, and Parker School Uniforms.
15. Where can I obtain information on the MHMS Uniform policy and where to purchase uniforms?
The policy and vendor information is posted on our website at http://mhm.sumnerschools.org/images/docs/dresscode.pdf
16. Is transportation provided to MHMS?
No, school buses are not available due to students residing all over Sumner County. After school care is available through Unity.com. (visit www.unitylearningcenter.com)