• FAQs 


    What is an arts magnet school?

    The arts magnet school in WPS provides a traditional, high quality core education, while also offering high level programming to include dance, drama, instrumental/vocal music and art classes.  Westminster High School has a thriving and well respected  arts program and the magnet school will set students up for success at the high school level and beyond. The arts magnet school will include a 6th grade class next year (Fall 2019). A 7th grade class will be added the following year (2020-2021) and an 8th grade class the year after that (2021-2022). 

    My student already attends Metz.  What do I need to know?

    If you want your child to attend the arts magnet school, it is important that an application packet be completed and returned by March 20th. All current Metz students have priority enrollment if the application packet and online enrollment is completed by March 20th. Applications are available at school and are also being mailed to home addresses. Families who do not complete this process by March 20th, will have to meet new student criteria for acceptance. 

    If you would prefer your child attend another school, you should know that WPS is an open enrollment district. Click here to learn more about your options. The two closest elementary schools are Fairview and Sherrelwood.  

    My 5th grade student has already enrolled in a middle school but would like to stay at Metz.  Is that possible?

    If your 5th grade student would like to continue at Metz next year, please contact our office. If you have already enrolled your child, most likely at one of the district middle schools, we can help you change your school location. 

    In addition to the increased focus on the arts, how else is this magnet school different?

    The arts magnet school has an applicaton process to determine if the school is the right fit for your child. In addition to filling out the application packet, parents should know of these changes:

    • The school will have an additional 3 days at the end of the year.
    • The school will have an early release at 1:40pm every Monday and students will need to be picked up promptly at 1:40pm.
    • The school will have extended days until 3:40pm Tuesday through Friday.
    • Although the school will not have a traditional physical education class, it will continue to support physical health and wellness through creative movement, dance, recess and other non-traditional methods.

    Will Metz be redesigned to allow for more art activity?

    Yes. Planning and construction is well underway to provide new spaces and facilities for the arts programs. The construction schedule is being designed so that Metz will remain to be open during the school year.

    What if I have more questions? 

    Staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding next year's changes. However, we would highly recommend you attend one of the following Informational Community Nights:

    • March 13th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • March 18th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
    • March 20th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • April 8th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • May 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm