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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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