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.
Important Magnet Information
Notifications to applicants for the 2022-23 magnet lottery and on-time auditions at Pittsburgh CAPA will be shared via email on March 10, 2022. Notifications to post-lottery applicants and late applicants to Pittsburgh CAPA will be shared on a rolling basis beginning in late March.
The magnet application for students to enroll in to schools and programs for the 2022-23 school year is still open. Apply through the Home Access Center (HAC). Click here for more information on accessing the application.
Explore Magnet Options with PPS. Expect Great Things.
Once a student enrolls in a magnet school, they are 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 10 school days after the first day of school.
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.
La inscripción a las escuelas y los programas magnet se realiza por vía de un proceso de solicitud y lotería o de audición, o a través de la inscripción post-lotería.
Зачисление в школы и программы Магнет осуществляется путем подачи заявления и последующего проведения лотереи или собеседования либо путем регистрации после лотереи.
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