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 2022-23 school year is scheduled to open on Monday, November 1, 2021. The lottery application deadline will be Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5 pm.
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. All applicants who currently attend a private, parochial, or charter school, as well as all current PPS preK students, MUST complete the enrollment process prior to submitting a magnet application. The enrollment process can be done prior to the November 1 opening of the magnet application.
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, 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, 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. *Application for 2021-22 school yearApplying online and providing an e-mail address on your application allows you to receive e-mail updates regarding the status of your application.
Click here for step-by-step video tutorial for completing the online application. **For the 2021-22 school yearClick here for a step-by-step document to for completing the online application. **For the 2021-22 school year
Step 3: Learn Your Status.
All applicants will receive communication informing them of their status.
If you are applying during the lottery application window, your communication will come in February.
If you are applying during the post-lottery registration window, your letter will arrive no earlier than early March. For post-lottery applications received throughout the spring and summer, communication is 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