Magnet Schools and Programs
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Magnet Page!
Magnet schools and programs allow students to pursue special interests, talents or career goals. Magnet schools are not neighborhood specific, so students who reside anywhere in the Pittsburgh Public School District can apply to attend.
Offerings and Options
View our guide outlining everything related to enrolling in PPS, explaining the process for applying to a magnet program, and showcasing our unique programs.
Learn More on How to Apply
We'll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to apply. Learn about application process, our magnet lottery, eligibility criteria and lottery weights.
Visit our online portal that allows you to fill out an application, submit necessary documents, and check your application status.
Important Magnet Information
The magnet lottery application period for the 2019-2020 school year is open from October 1, 2018 through 5 pm November 30, 2018.
After November 30, 2018, applications are accepted for post-lottery registration.
CAPA Audition Workshops:
November 3, November 10, or November 17
Students can learn about what to expect at the CAPA audition process.
Explore Magnet Options with PPS. Expect Great Things.
Once a student enrolls in a magnet school, he/she is expected to remain in the program for at least one school year. Midyear transfers or withdrawals from magnet programs are not granted. The deadline to withdraw is September 15.
Students in magnet programs must meet the following requirements in order to remain in the school/program. Students who do not meet these requirements may be returned to their assigned school at year’s end.
- All students must maintain a 90% attendance rate.
- Students in grades 6-12 may not receive more than one 4-10 day suspension, or more than 6 total days of suspension per year.
- Students in grades 9-12 must maintain a 2.0 GPA.
Quick Links for EnrollmentGeneral Resources
Neighborhood School Search
What Documents Do I Need?
General Magnet FAQ
Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC)
Academic ProgramsSchools and Programs
Magnet Registration Guide
CAPA Registration Guide
Magnet Offerings and Options
Career and Technical (CTE) Programs