How to Apply

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librarystudentsPhoenix 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:


1-150x150Review the Phoenix Website

To learn more about Phoenix, please review the information in the "About us" and "Academics " sections of our website. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


2-150x150Attend Information Meetings

It is imperative that prospective students and families understand the many aspects of the Phoenix program before they decide to apply. Therefore, we expect all families considering Phoenix to attend at least one of the information meetings
(both parents and students are encouraged to attend).

Informational meetings for the 2022 / 2023 school year will be scheduled for:

  • Kilbourne and Worthingway Middle Schools:   Date/Times to be announced soon.

  • McCord and Perry Middle Schools: Date/Times to be announced soon.

There will also be an “Open House” at Phoenix MS open to all Prospective Families where Staff, current students, and parents will be available for a tour of the school and personal Q&A: Date/Times to be announced soon.

Note: If necessary, Zoom meeting links will be emailed directly to all eligible Worthington families. If you are interested in applying and do not receive an email before the scheduled meeting, contact Phoenix Middle School.    


3-150x150Complete 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 [Date/Times to be announced soon]. Students that have submitted completed applications on time will be entered into a lottery and randomly selected on [Date/Times to be announced soon]..
All students not selected will be placed on a waitlist. Worthington School officials reserve the right to remove any application that is incomplete.


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Additional Information:

 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.

Enrollment Exceptions

  • 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.

Final Notes

  • After the lottery has been completed and we have our new 7th-grade class for 2021-2022, we will host the new students at Phoenix MS for an Orientation/Open House on the morning of [Date/Times to be announced soon]. 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 [Date/Times to be announced soon]. More information will be provided in the future.

If you have questions about the Phoenix Middle School program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

If you have any questions about the Phoenix Middle School lottery, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We look forward to meeting you and your 6th-grade students during our recruitment process this spring!

The Phoenix Middle School Staff


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The online application for the 2022/23 school year will be available on February 01, 2022

Office Contact

Sean Flynn Principal
Chrissy Cavaluchy Secretary
Dawn Piccinich Nurse
Deb Warren Building Assistant
Ron Waterwash Counselor

School Hours: 7:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phoenix Middle School
2341 Snouffer Road, Worthington, OH 43085

Phone 614.450,4100 | Fax 614.781.0135