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    Magnet Registration
    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 now open. The lottery application deadline is Friday, December 17, 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 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, 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. Click here to learn how to access it in Home Access Center.

    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 March.

    If you are applying during the post-lottery registration window, your communication will arrive no earlier than mid-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.


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  • Take Your Time.

    All applications received by the deadline will receive equal consideration, so take your time to consider your options.


    View our Offerings and Options Guide