Magnet Schools and Programs
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Magnet Page!
Magnet schools and programs allow students to pursue special interests, talents or career goals. Magnet schools are not neighborhood specific, so students who reside anywhere in the Pittsburgh Public School District can apply to attend.
Offerings and Options
View our guide outlining everything related to enrolling in PPS, explaining the process for applying to a magnet program, and showcasing our unique programs.
Learn More on How to Apply
We'll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to apply. Learn about application process, our magnet lottery, eligibility criteria and lottery weights.
Visit our online portal that allows you to fill out an application, submit necessary documents, and check your application status.
Important Magnet Information
We are now accepting post-lottery magnet applications for the 2020-21 school year. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis for students to be enrolled in to programs with available space or placed on existing waiting lists. Click here to learn about more about the post-lottery application process.
Letters will be mailed February 13 for applications received for the lottery.
For applications submitted during the post-lottery registration window, letters will begin arriving in late February and are sent to applicants on rolling basis, approximately 2–3 weeks after receipt of a complete application.
Explore Magnet Options with PPS. Expect Great Things.
Once a student enrolls in a magnet school, he/she is expected to remain in the program for at least one school year. Midyear transfers or withdrawals from magnet programs are not granted. The deadline to withdraw is September 15.
Students in magnet programs must meet the following requirements in order to remain in the school/program. Students who do not meet these requirements may be returned to their assigned school at year’s end.
- All students must maintain a 90% attendance rate.
- Students in grades 6-12 may not receive more than one 4-10 day suspension, or more than 6 total days of suspension per year.
- Students in grades 9-12 must maintain a 2.0 GPA.
Quick Links for EnrollmentGeneral Resources
New to PPS Enrollment Guide
Neighborhood School Search
General Magnet FAQ
Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)Schools and Programs
Magnet Registration Guide
CAPA Registration Guide
Magnet Offerings and Options
Career and Technical (CTE) Programs