Frequently Asked Questions

The St. Louis Public Schools Student Recruitment and Placement Office is hosting a How To Apply session for parents interested in the St. Louis Magnet and Choice Schools for the 2020-21 school year. This will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the District Central Offices in room 108.  

How do I know which magnet school is the best fit for my child?
Only you can decide. Consider your child's interests and abilities, and learn about the school options available to you. Look to contact the schools you are interested in directly for a personal tour and if you wish, contact the school and staff will be happy to answer questions you may have about their specific programs. Also plan to attend one of the events showcasing the SLPS Magnet and Choice Schools. Visit the St. Louis Public Schools District website for information regarding the schedule of events and/or see those listed below.

We are hosting three Student Recruitment/Informational Events.

The first is a High Schools Pep Rally for Students Only at Harris Stowe State University on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 9 am to 1 pm. Transportation for St. Louis Public Schools 8th Grade Students will be provided from their current SLPS school. Make sure your child attends their SLPS school on Friday, September 20, 2019 (and everyday) so they can learn for themselves what each SLPS District High School has to offer. For more information contact Stephen Anderson in the SLPS Student Recruitment Office.

High School Here I Come will be held at the Allied Health Professions Building at St. Louis University, 3437 Caroline Mall, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Reservations are required and you can submit your RSVP at this link  or by visiting

Next is the Elementary and Middle Magnet Schools Recruitment Fair held at the St. Louis Science Center located at 5050 Oakland Ave. Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Please submit your RSVP at this link or by visiting .

I don't see my child's grade or the school desired as an option when submitting an application, what do I do?
If you don't see the school or grade desired when applying for a specific program, this means that there are currently no open seats remaining for this grade level at this school and the waiting list is lengthy. Please consider applying to other schools with openings.

Why can't I submit an application online?
After May 21, 2020 August 10, 2020, we will no longer accept any applications submitted online. Only paper applications to schools and grades with open seats will be processed after May 21, 2020 August 10, 2020. Any paper application submitted after May 21, 2020 August 10, 2020 to a grade level for a school without openings will not be processed, and you will NOT be notified that it will not be processed. Other reasons an application cannot be submitted online need to be addressed per the popup information description from the website application, and emailed to be resolved. These may be due to duplicate accounts, and/or duplicate student files. If you have questions please email or call 314-633-5200

Must I list more than one school choice on my application?
No. You may list up to two schools (gifted programs allow up to four choices where age/grade appropriate) but you are not required to. If there is only one school that interests you and your child, you may limit your application to that school. Please do not apply for a school you are not willing to send your child to attend. Students accepted into any school choice requested will no longer be considered for placement to the other school requested on the submitted application, even if the school offered is the second (or lower for gifted) choice. 

How will I know you received my application?
An automated email receipt verifying that we have received your application will be sent. You may need to check your spam/junk mail. Please review it carefully to ensure all information is correct. If you do not receive a receipt emailed within 10 work days of submitting your application, city families should contact the Student Recruitment office at 314.633.5200 to ensure your email address is entered correctly and the application was fully submitted. St. Louis County resident families should call the VICC office at 314.721.8422. After May 21, 2020 August 10, 2020, applications may no longer be submitted online. Only paper applications to schools and grades with open seats will be processed after May 21, 2020 August 10, 2020.

When is the Magnet School Lottery?
The two Pool lotteries for the 2020-21 school year will be held on:
Pool A - Friday, November 15, 2019
Pool B - Friday, January 17, 2020

What are my child's chances of being accepted to a magnet school?
Applying within the Pool A lottery period deadlines will greatly increase the chances of a child receiving an acceptance offer.  Acceptance rates vary from year to year depending on the number of seats available for a school/grade level, and the number of applicants. Please note, do not apply for a school you are not willing to send your child to attend. Students accepted to any school choice requested will no longer be considered for placement to the other school requested on the submitted application, even if the school offered is the second choice. 

How will I find out if my child is accepted?
Placement Notifications will be emailed and posted on the dashboard on:
Pool A - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Pool B - Friday, January 24, 2020
Acceptance notices for all Pool A and Pool B accepted applicants will be sent via U.S. mail in February, 2020. 

The Application and Placement program and websites used allow parents to access and view their student's application dashboard if they have applied online and set up an account. Families may also learn the results by calling the Student Recruitment Office at 314.633.5200, or by email. St. Louis County resident families may call the VICC office at 314.721.8422, or email.

What do I do after my child is accepted?
If your child is accepted you should claim the seat on your child's dashboard or via email. However, the offered school assignment will be considered accepted as the default 2020-21 school year assignment for your child unless you decline the seat on your child's dashboard, via email notification, or in writing to the SLPS Student Recruitment Office. The school your child is accepted into should contact you in the Spring of 2020 about any events for newly accepted students that will be held prior to the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

What if I change my mind after my child is accepted?
Please decline the seat on your child's dashboard, via email notification, or in writing to the Student Recruitment Office. Include your child's name, date of birth, the school and grade where a seat was offered, and the reason for declining the seat. For currently enrolled St. Louis Public Schools students, if the seat offered is declined the child's school assignment will default to their previously attended St. Louis Public School. St. Louis County resident families should notify the VICC office in writing, or by sending an email.

What if my child is not chosen through the lottery?
If you child was determined Lottery Eligible (age and residency eligible) to attend the school requested but no seats remained to offer acceptance, their name will be placed on a waiting list for that school if the applicant was not accepted into another choice requested. Please do not apply for a school you are not willing to send your child to attend. You are not required to request more than one choice. If additional spaces at the school and grade requested for the school year applied for become available, you will be notified via email. Applications do not carry over from year to year so if your child is not accepted you would need to re-apply for the next school year if desired.

How do I apply to a different school?
If your child has not been accepted to a school requested and you wish to apply for a different school, or you want your child considered for placement to a different school after gaining a seat in a school previously requested, the previous application submitted and wait list/acceptance spot held by that application needs be withdrawn by Student Recruitment and/or Student Placement Office Staff to accommodate the new placement request. This should be done via email or in writing. Any seat offered via application submitted cannot be held while awaiting consideration for placement into a different school. The previous offered seat/wait list spot must be declined prior to processing any new application submitted.

What if my child is not accepted to his or her first choice?
If you listed more than one choice on your application, and your child is accepted to his or her second choice (or lower for gifted), that school is the school he or she will be eligible to attend for the 2020-21 school year. His or her name will NOT automatically go on a waiting list for your first (or other for gifted) choice, and the other choice(s) requested will be removed from the school and grade wait list for placement consideration. Please do not apply for a school you are not willing to send your child to attend.

If you are still interested in being considered for your first (or lower for gifted) choice school, you must refuse the seat to the school requested where the seat was offered via email or in writing, then re-submit a new application to go on the desired school's waiting list. The placement on that school's waiting list will be determined by lottery placement if submitted for Pool B consideration, or added first come first served for applications submitted after the Pool B Lottery application deadline. The date the request is received will be used to determine acceptance and or wait list placement, not the date of the initial application received earlier.

Once my child is accepted, do I need to reapply each year?
No. Once your child is accepted, enrolled and attending a Magnet/Choice school you do not have to reapply each year, presuming he or she will finish each school year at the same Magnet/Choice school and continues to meet eligibility criteria where applicable.

Specific 2nd to 3rd, and 5th to 6th grade students advancing to the next school level will automatically be assigned to the continuity school for the program they are currently attending. Click this link for the Magnet/Choice schools feeder pattern. 

IMPORTANT! For all 8th to 9th grade students, an application must be submitted to be considered for placement to a magnet or choice high school. All criteria must be met to be eligible for placement to a Magnet or Choice High School. 8th grade Magnet Middle School graduates are not guaranteed placement into the continuing themed Magnet or Choice High School if the eligibility criteria for that school is not met.

My child attends or was accepted into a magnet school this year, but I want a transfer to a different magnet school next year. What do I do?
You must submit a new application and be accepted through the lottery, or first come first served process if after the lotteries. Your child will keep a spot in his or her current school attending until (1) he or she is accepted into the new school and (2) you've completed the enrollment paperwork at the new school.

Currently enrolled Magnet and Choice schools students are the last group considered for placement into other Magnet and Choice Schools, including grade 2 and grade 5 students matriculating out of their current Magnet School who are attempting to gain placement for the next school level at a non-continuity feeder pattern site. Students determined eligible for SLPS District Gifted Programs who attend SLPS General Education Magnet Schools or SLPS Neighborhood Schools are not given Continuity Placement Priority into Gifted Program Magnet Schools.

Parents wishing for their child to attend one of the Gifted Education Program Magnet Schools must apply and be considered in the lottery with the priority assigned as a student currently enrolled in a magnet or choice school.

ALL 8th to 9th grade students must apply to be considered for a Magnet or Choice High School. SLPS Magnet and Choice Schools enrollment does not allow for open transfer from one Magnet or Choice School to another. Parents must apply for a child to be considered for placement through the application and placement processes and priorities in place, if desiring placement into another Magnet or Choice school.  

All requests for transfer to any SLPS Magnet or Choice School are subject to the application and placement procedures and deadlines as for any applicant requesting placement into an SLPS Magnet or Choice School.

2020-21 school year high school transfer requests desired after April 15, 2020 and before June 26, 2020 must be submitted with a written release from the 2020-21 School Year projected SLPS high school principal. Transfer requests for students projected to attend one SLPS Magnet, Choice or Neighborhood/Comprehensive High School to another SLPS Magnet, Choice or Neighborhood/Comprehensive High School will not be granted after June 26, 2020 for the 2020-21 School Year. 

Have a question you need answered?
City families can email or call SLPS Student Recruitment Office 314.633.5200

County families can email or call Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. (VICC) at 314.721.8422, ext. 3012.

For school related questions, please call the magnet school directly.


With thirty specialty schools to choose from, the St. Louis Magnet Schools offer an exciting, tuition free alternative for students of all ages and abilities.