admissions FAQs


admissions FAQs

What is a public charter school?
A charter school is created and organized by a community group and given special permission by the Local Educational Authority (Hamilton County Department of Education) to operate in the district. Charter schools operate differently. They may use a different grading system, teaching approaches, discipline strategies, or hold longer school hours and/or a longer school year. Charter schools receive public funds, but must also raise private funds to cover expenses such as building and transportation costs, as well as any other special program or equipment required.

Is my student eligible?
The Tennessee legislature passed legislation in July 2011 that opened up charter school eligibility requirements. Any student eligible for promotion and living in Hamilton County is eligible to attend MEHP. We will fill the following grades for the 2024-2025 school year: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Is there a lottery to gain admission?
We will be forced into a lottery only if there are more applicants than spaces available for either the school or a single grade. For more information about our lottery process, click HERE.

Is transportation offered?
Yes, transportation is provided for students in kindergarten and above, but is limited to a certain service area. Please contact us to learn more about our service area.

How much is tuition?
MEHP is a public charter school meaning there is NO TUITION.

When will I be notified if my student is accepted?
You will be notified following the closing of the application period. This notification will let you know if your student is eligible, or if a lottery is required. If a lottery is necessary, a lottery date will be included in your letter and posted on the MEHP website.

What are the steps necessary for gaining admission?
The first step is to submit a completed application. A completed application includes your student's report card, attendance record and disciplinary report. Make sure that your contact information is correct and updated if needed. You will then wait for the close of the application period, to find out if a lottery is required. If a lottery is not required, acceptance letters will be mailed beginning in January.

What happens if I miss the application period?
You may still submit an application for admission. If your child is eligible, they will be placed on the waiting list.



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