The Lottery

Because the number of applicants requesting placement often exceeds the number of open/available seats, applications received within the stated deadlines and dates are entered into a lottery to place students.  Two lotteries are scheduled for placement of applicants submitting requests within two distinct time periods, or pools.  The lotteries are used to assure an equal chance for all students applying to Magnet Schools, within the pool application periods and within placement priority categories.

When you enter your application using the online entry system, or when it is entered manually for paper-submitted applications, the request will be assigned to its appropriate priority category.  The computer program then randomly selects an applicant and attempts to place the student in the choice(s) selected, beginning with the first-choice school.  If this choice is not open, the applicant's second choice is considered, presuming an additional choice is listed.

NEW!! SLPS Gifted Program Education Magnet Schools Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now available.  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 Program Magnet Schools if desired, to be considered for placement prior to required testing being administered.

The Pool lotteries for the 2017-18 school year will be held by:
Pool A - November 18, 2016
Pool B - January 23, 2017

What priorities affect the lottery process?
The SLPS Magnet Schools participate in the area-wide desegregation program and have a goal of being racially integrated.
Through the lottery system, all applications have equal weight within various categories required to maintain racially integrated schools.  They are:

1st PRIORITY
Continuity - Students currently enrolled in Magnet Schools who are graduating to the next school level (such as elementary school to middle school) are guaranteed a seat in a Magnet School where open seats exist/remain.  Students matriculating from middle school to high school must meet school eligibility criteria to be considered for placement in the Magnet High School requested.

2nd PRIORITY
Sibling - Brothers and sisters of Magnet School students who live at the same address and share at least one biological or legal parent have priority placement in the same Magnet School building as their sibling.  There is no guarantee, however, that siblings will be placed together.  Applications for Sibling Priority consideration received in Pool B periods will be considered for placement after all Pool A applicants of all priorities are considered.  No applicants will be assigned Sibling Priority status after the Pool B application period closes.

3rd PRIORITY
Neighborhood - City students living within the "walk-to-school" boundaries set by the district transportation department can apply nor Neighborhood Priority placement.  There is no guarantee that all Neighborhood Priority eligible applicants will be placed.  Applications for Neighborhood Priority consideration received in Pool B periods will be considered for placement after all Pool A applicants of all priorities are considered.  No applicants will be assigned Neighborhood Priority status after the Pool B application period closes.

REMAINING PRIORITIES
St. Louis City and St. Louis County applicants - These students are placed in Magnet Schools through the Pool A and Pool B lotteries after the higher priority placements are made.  These priorities vary depending on the school a child currently attends.  St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents are considered equally for Magnet School placement within these priorities.

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