St. Louis Magnet Schools
Magnet School Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year!
Apply on-line at www.slps.org
County Residence applying at slps.org
This is the final year to apply to a
magnet school (unless a sibling is already attending.) Students enrolled
can continue in the magnet schools until graduation.
25 exciting schools from which to choose and all are FREE.
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" 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 Public Schools Magnet Program.
For almost three decades, St. Louis City and County families have experienced
extraordinary educational opportunities at the Magnet Schools
25 specialty schools catering to a wide range of student talents and
Diverse and challenging curriculum
Free transportation for eligible students
Priceless partnerships with respected local and national institutions
Simple and fair application process
What is a Magnet School?
Students ordinarily go to the public school nearest them. Magnet schools
are public schools without school boundaries. Each has something unique to
offer that you won't find in traditional schools, whether it's a particular
focus on technology, the arts, or a stimulating curriculum designed especially
for gifted students.
Because of high demand in many schools and grade levels, admission is based
on a lottery system.
Experience the excitement of the St. Louis Magnet Schools in person.
Individual tours may be arranged by calling each school
For more information call, 314.721.8422, ext. 3012
Any student who lives in St. Louis City and non-African American students who
live in the county school districts of Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton,
Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville,
Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park or Webster Groves are eligible to
attend St. Louis Magnet Schools.
Families living in the
Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Normandy,
Riverview Gardens, University City school districts are not eligible
Kindergarten students entering school for the first time
must be age 5 before August 1st of the school year to which they are applying.
St. Louis County students are not
eligible for magnet preschool programs.
Early Childhood Education
Young minds are inquisitive by nature. Our Early Childhood Centers tap
into that natural inquisitiveness using a process-oriented approach to learning
known as Project Construct. Your child will be engaged in all-day learning
from kindergarten through fifth grade, providing a strong, solid foundation for
his or her future academic success.
Wilkinson Early Childhood Center (K-2) Principal: Yvette Levy
1921 Prather Ave., 63139 (314) 645-1202
Humboldt Academy (3-5) Principal: Jacqueline Russell
2516 S 9th St., 63104 (314) 932.5720
It's cool to be different. Some children like traditional
learning. Others excel when a teacher identifies and supports their
individual learning style. Magnet schools are a great place for
"break-the-mold" students. Our general academic programs are
recognized for inventive teaching methods. We offer the largest
tuition-free Montessori program in the metropolitan area. How successful
are our students? Our Metro Academic & Classical High School is ranked
#121 in U.S. News and World Report's list of "America's Best High
Schools," the highest ranking of any school in the state of Missouri.
Lyon-Blow Academy of Basic Instruction (K-8) Principal: Dr. Ingrid
516 Loughborough Ave., 63111 (314) 353-1349
Washington Montessori (K-5) Principal: Lisa Small
1130 N. Euclid Ave., 63113 (314) 361-0432
Busch Middle School of Character & Athletics (6-8) Principal:
5910 Clifton Ave., 63109 (314) 352-1043
L'ouverture Academy of Entrepreneurship Studies Middle (6-8) Principal:
3201 Hickory St., 63104 (314) 932-1464
Metro Academic and Classical High School (9-12) Principal: Steven
Lawler click for Metro
4015 McPherson Ave., 63108 (314) 534-3894
Spoke French at age 2, knows the answer to E = mc˛,
voracious reader, chess master. Sound familiar? Gifted children
thrive in an environment that challenges them to the nth degree. SLPS
Magnet Schools proudly offer the only FULL-time, tuition-free K-8 gifted
education in the metropolitan area. Their rigorous and challenging
curricula are guaranteed to fulfill your gifted learner's needs.
Students are required to meet state-approved entrance criteria to qualify for
any gifted program in the district. However, meeting the eligibility
criteria does not guarantee space availability. If your child has already
been tested for gifted placement, please have the school district forward a copy
of those test results to: St. Louis Public Schools, Gifted Department Ms.
Muhammad, 801 North 11th St, St. Louis, MO 63101. If your
child as not been tested for gifted placement, please contact your home school
district for testing.
Columbia Gifted Elementary (K-1) Principal: Deshonda Payton
3120 St. Louis Ave, 63106 (314) 533-2750
Kennard Classical Junior Academy (K-5) Principal: Dr. Wanda LeFlore
5031 Potomac St., 63139 (314) 353-8875
Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction (K-5) Principal: Mr.
6020 Pernod Ave., 63139 (314) 352-9212
Gifted Classroom at Stix Early Childhood Center (K-2) Principal: Diane Dymond
647 Tower Grove Ave., 63110 (314) 533-0874
McKinley Classical Junior Academy (6-8) Principal: Steve Warmack
2156 Russell Blvd., 63104 (314) 773-0027
McKinley Classical Leadership Academy (9-12) Principal: Steve Warmack click for McKinley
Classical Leadership Academy Criteria
2156 Russell Blvd., 63104 (314) 773-0027
Bonjour! Guten Tag! International Studies Magnet Schools provide a wonderful
and exciting "passport" to learning. Our students and staff
represent more than 30 countries. Your child will learn multiple
languages, traditions, customs and cultures in the classroom, in the hallways
Dewey International Studies (K-5) Principal: Andrew Donovan
6746 Clayton Ave., 63139 (314) 645-4845
Soldan International Studies (9-12) Principal: Dr. Thomas Cason click for Soldan
918 N. Union Blvd., 63108 (314) 367-9222
Digging in dirt, peering into a microscope, star-gazing and encouraging you
to live green. Your child will experience hands-on learning, while gaining
exposure to everything from engineering to environmental science to computer
technology and health fields at our schools that specialize in math, science,
technology and pre-college learning. Partnerships with the Missouri
Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, the University of Missouri- St. Louis and
others further enrich your child's experience.
Gateway Elementary School (K-5) Principal: Dr. Rose Howard
#4 Gateway Dr., 63106 (314) 241-8255
Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center (K-5) Principal: Mrs. Kelli
4221 Shaw Ave., 63110 (314) 772-0994
Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center Middle (6-8) Principal:
5130 Oakland Ave., 63110 (314) 652-9282
Gateway Math & Science Prep (6-8) Principal: Nakia King
1200 N. Jefferson Ave., 63106 (314) 241-2295
Gateway S.T.E.M. (9-12) Principal: Dr. Amy Phillips click for Gateway
5101 McRee Ave., 63110 (314) 776-3300
Shiny shoes, crisp uniforms, brass buttons. Cadets not only dress the
part, they walk and talk it. Cleveland NJROTC Military Academy builds
character, inspires service and creates strong leaders today for tomorrow.
Admittance and enrollment depend on students meeting the school's academic
standards, and weight and uniform fit requirements. Soldan International
Studies and Gateway STEM high schools offer part-time Air Force ROTC programs.
Student standards must be met to remain in these programs. Students
must also meet weight and uniform-fit requirements for entry. Uniforms for
Cleveland NJROTC cadets are provided by the U.S. Navy. The school sets the
maximum physical and uniform sized based on naval standards.
Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC Academy (9-12) Principal: Victoria
Shearing click for Cleveland
4939 Kemper., 63139 (314) 776-1301
Visual and Performing Arts
Their world is a stage, a canvas, bright lights and beautiful costumes.
Your child thrives on creating, performing and entertaining. Our Visual
& Performing Arts Magnet Schools provide the training, opportunities and
space artistic children need to explore their creativity and develop their
talents. Thanks to our visiting professional artists and partnerships with
STAGES, Muny Kids, the Saint Louis Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and
more, your child will be exposed to a world he or she might otherwise only dream
Artistic and school standards must be met for entrance and continued
enrollment in these schools.
Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Center (K-5) Principal: Dr. Lori Craig
5329 Columbia Ave., 63139 (314) 776-5091
Ames Visual and Performing Arts Center (K-5) Principal: JaVeeta
2900 Hadley St., 63107 (314) 241-7165
Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School (6-8) Principal:
1004 N. Jefferson Ave., 63106 (314) 231-0413
Central @ Southwest Visual and Performing Arts High School (9-12)
Principal: Dr. Kacy Seals click for
Central VPA Criteria
3125 S. Kingshighway., 63139 (314) 771-2772
Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience is designed for a community of learners that
will embrace very high academic standards. In addition to offering
advanced curricula, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience will create an environment
in which all of its students and staff will work together toward a common goal
of careers in medicine and medical research.
Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (9-10) Principal:
Frederick Steele click for CSMB
450 Des Peres Ave., 63112 (314) 696-2290
Students wishing to attend a Magnet School must submit an application, which
can be done online at www.slpsmagnetschools.org.
Applications not submitted online, can be mailed to or dropped off at:
Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp.
7425 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 110
St. Louis, MO 63105
You may apply for up to four gifted schools and/or two non-gifted schools.
After the Pool A Lottery is complete, a new application with different or
additional choices for consideration in the Pool B Lottery will override any
previous application submitted for a student that is on a wait list from the
Pool A lottery. Any application submitted for a different school than the
site a student was accepted into will not be processed unless the seat offered
has been declined.
Please do not submit a request for placement to a school you are not willing
to have your child attend. Any child accepted to a school will not be
considered for placement to other choices or remain on the wait list for other
choices requested. This includes students accepted to a second choice
request. Any student accepted to a requested second choice will no longer
be considered for placement, nor remain on the wait list for the first choice
Schools and individual grades at schools - where all available seats have been
projected as full for the 2018-2019 school year with a lengthy wait list in
place, applicant may be removed as a requestable choice 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.
The district has implemented a two-pool
application, placement and notification timeline for students applying to Magnet
Schools. This procedure allows for quicker notification and information to
be provided for acceptances, as well as available openings.
Additional lottery information can be found here.
Pool A Application Period (Recommended pool for county applications)
October 2, 2017 through November 3, 2017
Pool A Lottery - November 17, 2017
Pool B Application Period
November 23, 2017 through January 4, 2018:
Pool B Lottery - January 18, 2018
For more information, call
St. Louis County Residents: (314) 721-8422 ext. 3012
St. Louis City Residents: (314) 633-5200
to DESE for School Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Magnet School Handbook for St. Louis County Residents
St. Louis Public Schools
The Board of Education of the City of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age,
religion, veteran status, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability in
employment programs or activities. Inquiries regarding compliance with
Title VII, Title IX, ADE A, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, The Missouri
Human Rights Act, or ADA should be directed to the Human Resource Officer, 801
N. 11th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101.