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 InformationWe are now accepting applications for post-lottery registration, for students to be accepted in to magnet programs that have vacancies remaining after the magnet lottery, or for students to be added to existing waiting lists.
Check back starting on January 22nd to see which magnet programs have available space and to view waiting list lengths. This information will be available and updated throughout the post lottery period.
Post lottery applications are processed on a first come, first served basis and are accepted through September 15, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.
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
Neighborhood School Search
What Documents Do I Need?
What are Central Support Clerks?
General Magnet FAQ
Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)
Academic ProgramsSchools and Programs
Magnet Registration Guide
CAPA Registration Guide
Magnet Options and Offerings
Career and Technical (CTE) Programs