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What is a Magnet School?

A Magnet School is a public school that offers a specialized curriculum, highly trained teachers, and innovative instruction. Magnet Schools receive federal funding to go above and beyond the standards of typical public schools.

Where is District 3?

District 3 extends from 59th Street to 123rd Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Who is eligible to apply for a Magnet School?

Magnet Schools are only open to students residing in District 3 or currently attending a District 3 school.

What is the timeline and process for applying to a Magnet School?

All students who will be entering kindergarten school year must apply through the Kindergarten-Connect process.  To apply for grades 1-4 contact the individual schools for applications.

Is there a Magnet Lottery?

After Magnet applications have been submitted and the number of available magnet seats for each school has been determined, there will be a  computer generated random lottery performed.

Who receives priority to attend Magnet Schools?

Priority always goes to zoned students. In addition, siblings of students already attending a Magnet School will also have priority.

How often do students need to apply?

Students only need to apply once. They do not reapply from year to year.

Where can families find applications?

Applications will be available at the individual Magnet Schools.  

All students who will be entering kindergarten must apply through the Kindergarten-Connect process

Can families get translations of Magnet applications?

Applications will be made available in eight languages. They can be obtained on the Apply page.

Are families required to accept Magnet offers?

Families are NOT required to accept an offer if they receive one.  All students who will be entering kindergarten in the 2014-2015 school year must apply through the Kindergarten-Connect process. Families of students who will be entering grades 1-5 in 2014-15 are NOT required to accept an offer if they receive one.

What is an OSIS number?

This question only applies to students who are entering from other NYC public schools. If students have never attended a NYC Public School they will not have an OSIS number.

Why must applicants rank at least 4 choices on their Magnet applications?

Families can rank all of the Magnet Schools on their applications or they can rank as few as 4, but they must have at least 4 choices listed. This helps open up parents' eyes to all available magnet options and it also helps to ensure that all families will get at least one of the choices they request.

 

All students who will be entering kindergarten in the 2014-2015 school year must apply through the Kindergarten-Connect process.

Is there transportation to magnet schools?

The NYC Department of Education determines if a child is eligible to receive a free metro card based on the students age and distance from the school.  Parents / legal guardians taking the child does not receive a metro card. You can call the school of your choice or 311 to fund out if the student is eligible for a metro card.