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. City residents receive priority for enrollment at magnet schools, however non-city residents can be admitted if there is available space. Tuition is charged for non-resident students who do not qualify for a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers are only granted to children of Pittsburgh Public Schools employees, in accordance with Board Policy 202 Eligibility of Nonresident Students.
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
Post-lottery applications for the 2021-22 school year are still being accepted for students to enroll in to magnet programs that do not fill through the lottery, or to be added to waiting lists. Post-lottery applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants through early September.
The magnet lottery for applications submitted by the December 18, 2020 deadline ran on March 10, and notification letters were sent via US mail to families on March 12. Following the lottery, we will maintain post-lottery figures online for interested families to explore options. Click on the link above to learn more about post-lottery registration.
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
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