Magnet Enrollment

Applying to Magnet Schools

Magnet schools offer a variety of content focuses and teaching styles to give parents and students educational choices.

For 2014-15 Regular Magnet Application form, scroll down to Regular Application Period.

For SCPA 2014-15 application forms, scroll to bottom of this page.

Magnet School Guide 2014-2015 school year(17-page booklet; Guide information is included on Web pages)

One-page Summary - Magnet Schools Listed by Area and Program (2014-15 school year)

Parents first must apply to a magnet school for their child via the annual magnet application  process. After a child is accepted into a magnet school, parents must complete a CPS enrollment packet for their child.

Magnet Program-Specific Application Requirements

Magnet Application Periods

Magnet School Sign-up Dates for 2014-15 School Year

Early Application Period - Siblings — Oct. 7 - 18, 2013 (Now closed)

  • Parents must go to the school to put in an application. Call the school for application hours.
  • Students participating in the Early Application Period must meet a school's eligibility requirements, if any.

Early Application Form - Siblings  (2 pages) - for 2014-15 school year
(Take completed form to the magnet school of choice Oct. 7-18, 2013.) 

Who may apply during this Early Application period?

  • A sibling of a student already enrolled in a magnet school may apply to the sibling's magnet school.  Entering students will be given priority over other students to enter a sibling’s magnet school. The sibling must currently attend the magnet school  in grades preschool to 5 (or, at AMIS, AWL, Roberts or Roselawn Condon, to grade 7), and must live at the same address.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Regular Application Period — (In-Area and Citywide)

Begins November 20, 2013; continues through June 30, 2014
Regular Magnet Application Form (2 pages) - for 2014-15 school year
(Take completed application form to the magnet school of choice starting Nov. 20, 2013.  Call the school for hours.)


This application period is for:

  • Students who live within the areas (East or West) of the magnet elementary schools they want to attend.
  • Students who want to apply to citywide magnet schools.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Out-of-Area Application Period — Begins January 21, 2014

Sign-up begins for any student who lives outside the East or West area of a chosen magnet elementary school. A magnet school may accept out-of-area applications only if the school has no waiting list.

Parents must go to the school to put in a magnet application. Call the school for hours.

Magnet Preschool and Kindergarten Requirements

About Magnet Enrollment

Magnet school applications are handled entirely at the magnet school the child wants to attend (except applications received via the Kindergarten Lottery).

Each school sets its own hours for accepting magnet applications within the application period dates set by the district.

First-Come Method

Parents are encouraged to apply early within the designated application periods. Most students are accepted into magnet elementary schools on a first-come basis. Students not accepted into magnet programs attend their neighborhood elementary schools.

Waiting lists: A student's name may be on a waiting list at several magnet schools. However, once the student is accepted into a magnet school, the student's name is removed from all waiting lists.

Acceptance: If a space is available and all entrance requirements are met, a student will be accepted immediately into the magnet school when the parent comes to the school to apply.

Application Process

Application Forms: Application forms are available at the schools and on CPS' Website several days before an application process begins.

  • All magnet applications submitted will be stamped with a date and time.
  • No applications will be accepted, and no waiting lists created, prior to the official application cycle.

Enrollment: After a child is accepted into a magnet school and before the school year begins, the parent must fill out the CPS enrollment form to complete the process.

Exception: School for Creative and Performing Arts

For students applying to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), application forms are available at the school or on the school's Website: www.scpak12.orgDue to temporary problems on SCPA's Website, SCPA's application form are posted here:

2014-15 SCPA Application and Audition Materials

To be considered for admission into SCPA for grades 4-12 for the 2014-15 school year, all students must complete and submit an SCPA Application (including all supporting materials requested in the application), and prepare and complete an SCPA audition.

Please click on ALL of the following PDF links to download all required application and audition information.

2014-2015 Criteria Letter for Admission (students entering grades 4-12)
2014-15 SCPA Application (students entering grades 4-12)  
2014-15 Audition Preparation Packet (students entering grades 4-12) 
2014-15 Arts Teacher Recommendation Form (students entering grades 4-12)  
2014-15 Academic Teacher Recommendation Form (students entering grades 4-12) 

For K-3 applications to SCPA:
K-3 Admissions Procedures Packet

Information or assistance for all Magnet school applications and enrollment: 
CPS' Customer Help Center, (513) 363-0123