How to Apply

The 2018-19 School Year SLPS Gifted Education Programs application period will open Monday, September 18th, 2017.

The 2018-19 School Year SLPS General Education Programs application period will open Monday, October 2nd, 2017.

The 2018-19 Pool B Application Period opens November 22, 2017 and closes January 5, 2018.

The 2018-19 School Year Pool B Lottery Application Deadline passed January 5, 2018. All applications submitted after this date are processed and considered for placement on a first come-first served basis through May 24, 2018. 

Due to the high number of applicants and lengthy wait lists, applications for Kennard CJA Elementary, Mallinckrodt AGI Elementary, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, McKinley Classical Leadership Academy High School, and Metro A&C High School will no longer be processed for the 2018-19 school year after the January 5, 2018 Pool B Application deadline. 

The application period for the 2017-18 School Year is closed as of August 9, 2017. 


Other Dates and Deadlines     

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 2018-19 school year. This will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the District Central Offices in room 108.


Magnet and Choice Schools Recruitment Fairs


SLPS High Schools Recruitment Festival

Central VPA/Cleveland NJROTC High Schools Complex

3125 So. Kingshighway 63139

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, September 22, 2017

High School Here I Come Night for 7th and 8th Grade Students

Compton/Drew Investigative Learning Center Magnet Middle School

5130 Oakland Ave. 63110

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


St. Louis Science Center Recruitment Fair for Prospective Elementary and Middle School Students

5050 Oakland Ave. 63110 

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 9, 2017.


Keep In Mind    

  • All applications received in a Pool Application Period are given equal consideration, within placement priorities. Click this link to review the SLPS Magnet and Choice Schools Placement Priorities
  • All Pool A applicants will be considered for placement prior to reviewing Pool B applicants, and all Pool B applicants will be considered for placement prior to reviewing applicants applying after the lottery pool deadlines.
  • Applications for non-accepted students must be re-submitted each year. Unplaced student applications do not carry over from one year to the next.
  • Applications received after the Pool B deadline will be considered for placement in the order they are received, after all Pool A and Pool B Applicants are placed where pos­sible.
  • Students who do not attend the Magnet or Choice School they were accepted into on the first day of the new school year will forfeit their seat.

Continuity Schools

Click this link for the SLPS Magnet and Choice Schools Feeder Pattern  

Parents wishing to apply to magnet schools other than those assigned are free to do so, but the applications will be considered for placement under the Pool System, as well as the priorities within those pools.

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 of Gifted Eligible students not currently attending a Gifted Education Program School and 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.

Important! All 8th to 9th grade students must apply 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.

Who's eligible?

The following students are eligible to apply for a spot in an SLPS Magnet or Choice School:

  • Any student living in the city of St. Louis.
  • Non-African-American students living in the Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park and Webster Groves school districts are eligible for Kindergarten through Grade 12. County residents are not eligible for preschool, and they are not eligible to apply for Choice Schools: Northwest Law Academy, Carnahan High School of the Future, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and AESM at L'ouverture.
  • Applicants to Pre-kindergarten 3 and 4 years old programs must be St. Louis City residents
  • Applicants to Pre-kindergarten 3 years old, Pre-kindergarten 4 years old, Kindergarten (5 years old) and 1st grade (6 years old) programs must be age appropriate on or before July 31 of the school year requested to apply/enroll. An applicant/student whose birthdate falls in the middle of the school year after July 31 is not considered age eligible for application processing and placement to the next grade level upon the anniversary of their birthdate.

The application process

Students wishing to attend a Magnet or Choice School must submit an application which can be done online at this website. Additional printable copies of applications are available for city residents at the St. Louis Public Schools website at or call the Student Recruitment Office at 314.633.5200. St. Louis County residents can visit the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. (VICC) website at . At this website click on "Information about applying," or call 314.721.8422, ext. 3012.

Completed applications that are not submitted online using the website, may be mailed or dropped off to:


St. Louis Public Schools   
Student Recruitment Office
801 N. 11th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101


Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp. (VICC)   
7425 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63105

SLPS General Education Magnet and Choice Schools Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available beginning Monday, October 2, 2017. Please complete only one application with 2 choices maximum (2 choices are not required) per child.

SLPS Gifted Program Education Magnet Schools Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available beginning Monday, September 18, 2017. Elementary Gifted Education Program applicants may submit placement requests for all four Elementary Gifted Education Program Options with preferences ranked from one to four (only one choice is required). In addition, Gifted Education Program applicants for all Gifted Program Schools may also apply for up to two General Education Schools Magnet Schools if desired, to be considered for placement prior to required testing being administered. 

For all 2018-19 SLPS Magnet and Choice Schools applicants: if a second application requesting placement at different schools than the first application received for an individual child is submitted within the same Pool application time frame, the lottery system used to place students into open seats at schools requested will consider only the first application submitted for potential placement in the Pool A and Pool B lotteries. If you wish to update choices requested, this must be specifically submitted in writing.


The District has implemented a two pool application, placement and notification timeline for students applying to magnet and choice schools. This procedure allows for quicker notification and information to be provided for acceptances as well as available openings. See below for the two pool application deadlines and notifications dates.

Pool A Application Period

General Education Program Schools: Monday, October 2, 2017 through Friday, November 3, 2017

Gifted Education Program Schools: Monday, September 18, 2017 through Friday, November 3, 2017 

Placement and wait list notifications will be emailed prior to close of business on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 for students applying in Pool A.

Pool B Application Period

Thursday, November 23, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018

(Applications submitted after the Pool A deadline but before November 23, 2017 will be considered for Pool B placement.)

Placement notifications will be emailed prior to close of business on Friday, January 26, 2018 for students applying in Pool B.

Post Lottery Application Period           

Applications received after the January 5, 2018 Pool B deadline will be processed and considered for placement in the order received on a first come first served basis, after all applicants from Pools A and B  have been placed.

Schools and individual grades at schools where all available seats have been projected as full for the 2018-19 school year with a lengthy wait list in place, may be removed as a choice to request when submitting an application. This is done to encourage applicants to consider schools where openings exist, and not simply to be added to a lengthy wait list without chance of receiving an offer for placement.  

After May 24, 2018, online application submissions will not be permitted. Only paper applications to schools and grades with open seats will be processed.

Transfer Requests 

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.

2018-19 school year high school transfer requests desired after April 15, 2018 and before June 30, 2018 must be submitted with a written release from the 2018-19 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 30, 2018 for the 2018-19 School Year.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year will no longer be processed after Friday, August 3, 2018.




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