• Magnet Lottery Weights
    Learn about Lottery Weights for Magnet Programs
  • Applicants can receive weights (extra chances for admission) for the magnet lottery based on a variety of factors outlined in the District’s Administrative Regulation that sets guidelines for magnet schools and programs.

    For current Pittsburgh Public Schools students, weights are automatically added to a child’s application based on data in our student information system.

    For students new to Pittsburgh Public Schools, evidence must be submitted with the application in order for weights to be applied.

    • K-5th Grade Program Weights
      • Living within the geographic region where the school is located (North/Central, East, or South/West)
      • Economically disadvantaged
      • Having attended a PPS Pre-K program
      • Having attended a PPS Pre-K program in the building to which they are applying

    • 6th – 8th Grade Program Weights (except for Pittsburgh CAPA and SciTech)
      • Living within the geographic region where the school is located (North/Central, East, or South/West)
      • Economically disadvantaged
      • Having 95% or better attendance in the previous school year
      • Having had no 4-10 day suspensions in the previous school year
      • Having attended a PPS elementary school

    • 9th – 12th Grade Program Weights (except for Pittsburgh CAPA and SciTech)
      • Living within the geographic region where the school is located (North/Central, East, or South/West)
      • Economically disadvantaged
      • Having 95% or better attendance in the previous school year
      • Having had no 4-10 day suspensions in the previous school year
      • Having attended a PPS middle school

    • Pittsburgh CAPA
      • All applicants are evaluated equally based on materials submitted with their application, and the audition process.

    • Pitsburgh SciTech Program Weights
      • Scoring proficient on most recent PSSA math and reading tests
      • Economically disadvantaged
      • Scoring in the top 50% of their class on their most recent PSSA math test
      • Having 90% or better attendance in the previous school year
      • 5th grade applicants from Pittsburgh Lincoln receive a weight for admission at 6th grade
      • 8th grade applicants from Pittsburgh Carmalt receive a weight for admission at 9th grade
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    Weights Are Not a Guarantee

    While having multiple weights increases the likelihood that a student will be admitted via the lottery, it is not a guarantee.

    Weights are program-specific, so an applicant may have a different number of weights for their first choice program than their second choice program.

  • Weights do not apply to applications received during post-lottery registration (after December 8, 2017). All post-lottery applications from city residents are considered on a first come, first served basis.