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 2023-24 school year is now open!
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.
The online magnet application for students to be considered for admission for the 2023-24 school year opened on November 1, 2022. Families of students who do not currently attend a Pittsburgh Public School can begin completing the enrollment process now, to obtain credentials to log in to Home Access Center (HAC) to complete the online application. The lottery deadline is December 9, 2022 at 5 pm. After this time, post-lottery applications will be accepted for students to enroll in to programs with available space, or to be added to existing waiting lists.
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.
If your student does not currently attend Pittsburgh Public Schools in grades K-11, you must first complete the pre-registration process. This will provide you with your credentials to access the online application.
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 mid-February.
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.