What every parent should know about Magnet Schools

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent makes. Do you have a child who doesn’t necessarily “fit the mold” offered at your current school? Or are you looking for a change in direction as your child advances from one level to the next? If so, there’s an exciting educational alternative you need to know about! It’s the St. Louis Magnet/Choice Schools program.

For over thirty-five years, St. Louis City and County families have experienced extraordinary educational opportunities at the St. Louis Magnet and Choice Schools.

  • 30 specialty schools catering to a wide range of student talents and interests
  • Diverse and challenging curriculum
  • Free transportation for eligible students
  • Priceless partnerships with respected local and national institutions
  • Simple and fair application process


The St. Louis Public Schools Student Recruitment Office MAY host a How To Apply session for parents interested in the St. Louis Magnet and Choice Schools for the 2021-22 school year. The details of this potential How To Apply session are being determined as of September 11, 2020 and it would likely be an online meeting event. 

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The 2021-22 School Year Magnet and Choice Schools...

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Gifted Schools Programs and Testing
  • Magnet and Choice Schools Placement Priorities List
  • Magnet and Choice Schools Feeder Patterns                              

...can all be found at this link .


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.