Frequently Asked Questions About the Magnet School Application and Placement Process
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.
Must I list more than one school choice on my application?
No. You may list up to three schools. If there is only one school
that interests you and your child, you may limit your application to that
school. Please DO NOT list choices for schools that you are not willing to
How will I know you received my applications?
We will mail you a receipt verifying that we have received your
application. Please review it carefully to ensure all information is
correct. If you do not receive a receipt within 10 days of mailing your
application, city families should contact our office at 314.633.5200 and county
families should call VICC at 314.721.8422, ext. 3012.
When is the Magnet
The Pool lotteries for the 2013-2014 school year will be held by:
Pool A - Friday, October 19, 2012
Pool B - Friday, December 14, 2012
Pool C - Friday, February 8, 2013
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 or mailed by:
Pool A - Friday, October 26, 2012
Pool B - Friday, December 21, 2012
Pool C - Friday, February 15, 2013
What do I do after my child is
Hold on to your acceptance letter! You'll need it when you enroll your
child in school. You'll also need to return the Intent to Attend form by
the deadline date specified. We will explain the enrollment process during
the Open House for Newly Accepted Students on Wednesday May 15, 2013. If your child is accepted after
the school year has begun, call the school directly to discuss enrollment.
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 listed more than one choice on your application, and your child is
accepted to his or her second or third choice, that is the school he or she will
be eligible to attend in the 2013-2014 school year. His or her name will
NOT automatically 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.