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Applying and Registering in Magnet Schools

About Magnet Elementary Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools provides the best educational options to students and families in our region — including 22 Magnet schools and programs offering a variety of content focuses and teaching styles to support students’ interests and learning preferences.

Magnet Lottery Application (Runs November 17, 2020 – March 5, 2021. This is the only application period for the 2021–22 school year.)

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2021-22 Magnet Lottery Application Period

Enrolling your child in a Magnet school or program requires participation in the Online Magnet Application Process, also known as the Magnet Lottery. Applying is easy from any computer with Internet access. This online process offers families a fair and convenient application experience.

Magnet Lottery at a Glance

  • New This Year! One expanded lottery application period
  • New This Year! Select up to three Magnet schools and programs, ranked by preference
  • Six Citywide Magnet schools or programs
  • Eight East Area Magnet schools or programs
  • Eight West Area Magnet schools or programs
  • Applications submitted online with seats assigned via random lottery
  • One online application per child per school year
  • All Magnet schools and programs open to students with disabilities
  • Out-of-Area Applications — non-lottery, paper applications submitted April 13–30, 2021 — not accepted at schools with waiting lists

All parents or guardians living within CPS' 91-square-mile district can apply for their elementary-age children to attend Magnet schools or programs in their geographic area — East, West or Citywide. Interstate 75 serves roughly as the dividing line between the East Area and West Area. Citywide Magnet schools and programs accept students who live anywhere in the CPS district. Click here to determine whether your address is East area or West area.

Families also can visit each school's website to see what's special about each school.

No matter the CPS school choice, families can be assured their children will receive a solid educational foundation that prepares them for successful futures.

Resources

Board Policy No. 5113.01 — details about how CPS' lottery prioritizes applications for preschool and magnet elementary schools

COVID-19 Transfers into Cincinnati Digital Academy

If you enrolled your child in the Cincinnati Digital Academy for the 2020–21 school year due to COVID-19 concerns, and your child had been enrolled in a CPS Magnet elementary school, your child's seat in that Magnet school is reserved for the 2021–22 school year.

You do not need to enter the 2021–22 Magnet lottery.

Preschool Applications

Preschool applications for CPS' Magnet schools are submitted using the online Magnet Lottery.

Preschool applications are processed separately by CPS' Early Childhood Education Department; order of acceptance is based on the computerized lottery and a child's age.

The preschool application process includes interviews with parents, where proof of income, home address and the child's age are required.

CPS preschool programs offer multiple funding options. A family that is not eligible for a subsidized program or tuition assistance may be required to pay tuition.

The timeline varies for processing Magnet preschool applications due to funding and licensure requirements.

More Preschool information

Or, contact CPS' Early ChildhoodEducation Department: (513) 363-0240

How the Magnet Lottery Works

Magnet applications are submitted a school year ahead of when the child would enter the Magnet school or program.

To Apply

  • Go to the Magnet Lottery Application. Parents or guardians create an online account and password, then enter the requested student information.
  • Only parents or guardians may submit lottery applications.
    • Each lottery application allows parents or guardians to select up to three Magnet schools or programs, ranking them in the order of preference.
    • Magnet seats are given out via random lottery.
    • One Magnet application may be submitted per child per school year.
    • Only the first lottery application will be accepted; any subsequent applications for the same student will not be considered.
  • Parents or guardians may enter Magnet applications from any computer with internet access.

If needed, parents or guardians may access computers in CPS schools and at the CPS Customer Care Center in the CPS Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, Corryville, 45219. Schedule an appointment with Customer Care or call (513) 363-0123.

Each online application is given a random computer-generated lottery number, which determines the order in which space at each Magnet school or program is assigned.

There is no rush to be "first in line" in the Magnet Lottery.

Each application has an equal chance to receive the student’s top choice Magnet school, as long as the application is submitted during the lottery application period — November 17, 2020, through March 5, 2021.

If a student's first choice Magnet school or program is filled, the student will be placed in the second or third choice school listed by the parent or guardian on the lottery application (if space is available).

Magnet seats are assigned until spaces fill up, starting with the lowest numbers.

Magnet waiting lists are created as capacity limits are reached. Applicants to Magnet programs with entrance requirements also are placed on waiting lists, pending confirmation that requirements have been met.

Waiting lists are in effect until June 30. If a child who applied in the Magnet Lottery has not been placed by June 30, the child’s parents or guardians should register the child at the neighborhood school assigned to the child’s home address, or the child can stay in the school where already enrolled.

CPS is not responsible for any incorrect information entered on a Magnet Lottery application.

Sibling Application Period

Process: Siblings are given priority to enter magnet schools. Paper applications must be submitted at the magnet school during the Sibling Application Period; this application is not part of the online lottery process. Parents should call the magnet school for office hours for handing in paper applications.

Who may apply during the Application Period for siblings?

Siblings of in-district students already enrolled in magnet schools may apply to the sibling's magnet schools. The entering student must meet the magnet school's eligibility requirements, if any, and live within the CPS district at the same address as the current student.

Transportation

A student enrolled in the assigned area Magnet school or program, or in a Citywide Magnet, is eligible for bus transportation if the student lives one mile or more from the school. If a student is enrolled in a school outside the assigned East or West Area, families must provide transportation to and from school.
Bus transportation is not provided for preschoolers.

CPS is not responsible for any incorrect information entered on a Magnet Lottery application.

Registration

After a child is accepted into a magnet school and before the school year begins, the parent/guardian must fill out the Student Registration Information Form and complete the registration process, which includes required documentation.

Only a parent or legal guardian may register a student in school. A legal guardian must present proper documentation (i.e., custody granted by a court or accredited agency).

Important: The information on this page applies only to in-district students (living within the Cincinnati Public School District's boundaries). Students who live outside CPS may apply to CPS schools ONLY during the Open Enrollment Online Application Period. In-district students get priority for seats in CPS schools.

Information, assistance for magnet school applications and registration: CPS Customer Care Center (513) 363-0123

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