Applying to a Magnet Program is easy!
Enrollment to magnet schools and programs is done via an application process and lottery (audition process for Pittsburgh CAPA), or through post-lottery registration.
The magnet application period for the 2021-22 school year opened on October 13, 2020. The lottery application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 18, 2020. We are now accepting post-lottery applications for students to enroll in to programs with available space, or to be placed on existing waiting lists.
Students must be registered in Pittsburgh Public Schools in order to apply to a magnet program. Click here to learn more about the enrollment process and required documents. For students who don’t currently attend Pittsburgh Public Schools, enrollment can be done at their neighborhood school or at the Pittsburgh Public Schools Administration Building in Oakland (341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). For families who currently live outside of the City of Pittsburgh, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the parent hotline at 412-529-HELP (4357) to learn more about options for completing the enrollment process remotely.
Step 1: Review Your Options.
Learn about magnet program offerings based on the grade level(s) of your child/ren.
If you are applying during the lottery application window (before December 18, 2020), pay attention to information about the eligibility criteria, weights and preferences that apply for each program. These impact your child’s chances of getting accepted in to the program(s) of your choice.
If you are applying during the post-lottery registration window (after December 18, 2020), look for information about available spaces in magnet programs, and/or consider the length of the waiting list at the program(s) of your choice.
Step 2: Complete an Application.The magnet application is now available online.Applying online and providing an e-mail address on your application allows you to receive e-mail updates regarding the status of your application.
Step 3: Learn Your Status.
All applicants will receive a letter informing them of their status. Letters will be sent to the mailing address associated with the student's enrollment record
If you are applying during the lottery application window (before December 18, 2020), your letter will arrive in mid-February, 2021.
If you are applying during the post-lottery registration window (after December 18, 2020), your letter will arrive no earlier than late-February. For post-lottery applications received throughout the spring and summer, letter are sent on a rolling basis approximately two - three weeks after receipt of a complete application.
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