Who may attend a magnet school?
Those eligible to apply for a spot in a magnet school are any student living in St. Louis City and non-African American students living in participating school districts in St. Louis County. The participating school districts in St. Louis County are Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville,
Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park and Webster Groves. St. Louis County students are not eligible for the magnet preschool program.
Which magnet school is best for my child?
Only you can decide. Consider your child's interests and abilities, and
learn about the school options available to you. Contact the school for a
personal tour. The school staff will be happy to answer specific questions
you may have about their program.
How will I know you received my applications?
You will receive an e-mail verifying that your application was successfully
What are my child's chances of being
accepted to a magnet school?
Acceptance rates vary from year to year; there are always more applicants than
available spaces. Usually about one-third of city applicants and about
one-half of county applicants are accepted.
How will I find out if my child
Placement Notifications will be e-mailed after the lottery. Follow any
instructions in the e-mail regarding accepting the seat.
if I change my mind after my child is accepted?
City families should inform the Recruitment and Counseling Center in
writing. If you reject the acceptance, your child will be assigned to his
or her neighborhood school. County families should notify the VICC Office
at 314.721.8422 ext. 3012.
if my child is not chosen through the lottery?
Your child's name is placed on a waiting list. If additional spaces become
available during the school year, you will be notified. In the meantime,
county students can remain at their current school. Applications do not carry over from
year to year.
What if my child is not accepted to his or her first choice?
If you applied to more than one school, and your child is
accepted to his or her second choice, that is the school he or she will
be eligible to attend in the 2017-2018 school year. His or her name will
NOT go on the waiting list for your first choice.
are still interested in being considered for your first choice school, you must
submit a new application to go on that school's waiting list.
Once my child
is accepted, do I need to reapply each year?
No. Once your child is accepted, you do not have to reapply each year,
presuming he or she will be continuing at the same magnet school and continues
to meet eligibility criteria.