What are Magnet/CTA programs?

CCSD magnet programs offer learning opportunities related to various themes for interested students. Students from across the District may apply to a magnet program regardless of the region in which they reside, however, transportation will only be provided to students living within the designated transportation boundary for the magnet program. The purposes of magnet programs are to improve student achievement, promote diversity, and create an awareness of career opportunities relative to the fields of study in which students may be interested.


What are Select Schools?

The five (5) CCSD Select Schools are designed to provide families with additional school choice options. Select Schools offer outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, Advanced Placement courses, and other specialized programs. Many CTE programs offer industry certification for students who complete the entire course of study. The focus of CTE is to ensure that all students have access to rigorous, blended college-preparatory and career-oriented programs that lead to marketable skills for the 21st Century.


What grade levels are served?

Elementary: K-5

  • Jo Mackey Elementary will transition into a K-8 program during the 2020-2021 school year.

Middle School:  Grades 6-8

High School: Grades 9-10

  • Performing arts programs and International Baccalaureate high schools will accept 11th grade applications.
  • Some Select School programs will accept 11th grades

Please double check to make sure what each school offers before you submit an application.


What are the admission requirements for a Magnet/CTA program?



Elementary Programs


Middle School Programs


High School Programs




Criteria only for STEM-based programs. *See below


Auditions required for the Las Vegas Academy and Del Sol Academy.

Criteria for STEM-Based Programs


First Semester Grade Point Average (GPA)


Points Assigned

3.50 and above


3.00 – 3.49


2.50 – 2.99


2.00 – 2.49


Below 1.99


First Semester Science Grade


First Semester Mathematics Grade


Points Assigned


Points Assigned

A in Science 8


A in Pre-Algebra or above


B in Science 8



B in Pre-Algebra or above


C in Science 8



C in Pre-Algebra or above


D/F in Science 8



D/F in Pre-Algebra or above



First Semester English Grade


Points Assigned

A in English 8


B in English 8


C in English 8


D/F in English 8



Total Points:  26

Qualification: 16 and Above


Programs with Criteria


Computer Science

Engineering & Design


Architectural Design


Engineering & Robotics


Aerospace Engineering

Dental Assisting

Environmental Management

Sports Medicine

Aviation — Pilot

Digital Game Development


Veterinary Science


Emergency Medical Services


Video Game Technology



IT - Networking

Web Design


Click here for a list of all of our high schools programs including interest-based, criteria-based and audition-based.


Will transportation be provided?

Yes, transportation is provided for students residing within transportation zones for the school. It is the responsibility of the parent to verify transportation eligibility. Transportation zones may be viewed at:


Are siblings kept together when they apply to the same school?

It is the intent of CCSD to avoid separating siblings when possible, but there is no guarantee that both siblings will be selected to the same school. The only exception is made for twins/triplets (multiples). If a set of twins/triplets (multiples) apply to the same school and one twin/triplet (multiple) is accepted, the other twin/triplet (multiple), if qualified, will automatically be offered a seat at the same school.


May a home school, private school, or charter school student apply to Magnet/CTA/Select Schools?

Yes. These students must submit an application to a Magnet, CTA, or Select school of their choice. If they qualify, are accepted, and choose to enroll, they must attend the Magnet, CTA, or Select school as full-time students and are not permitted to attend as a part-time student to take individual classes.


Will my child have the opportunity to participate in after-school and extracurricular activities (i.e., football, basketball) in the Magnet/CTA/Select Schools?

Since many of the after-school activities are closely related to the regular instructional program, every effort will be made to provide Magnet, CTA, or Select school students with these opportunities.


  • At Basic, Bonanza, Chaparral, Clark, Canyon Springs, Del Sol, Desert Pines, Eldorado, Mojave, Rancho, Spring Valley, SECTA, Silverado, Valley, and Western high schools, the students may participate in any sports or activities currently offered at that school.
  • All Clark County School District (CCSD) and Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association (NIAA) rules and regulations apply. Specific information applicable to students in Magnet/CTA is included in the NIAA Handbook, NAC 386.787. A-TECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, and Las Vegas Academy do not participate in the NIAA athletics but offer many extracurricular activities in which students can participate.
  • If a student attends A-TECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy, it is the responsibility of the parent and student to check with the student’s zoned school in regard to eligibility for participation in sports and other activities (i.e. football, basketball).
  • Athletes attending A-TECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy are responsible for their own transportation to the zoned school in order to participate in practices, matches, and games.




Will my child have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities (i.e., cheerleading, pep squads, etc.) at his/ her zoned school?

If a student attends A-TECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy, the parent and student must check with the student’s zoned school in regard to eligibility for participation.


If my child attends a Magnet program in an elementary or middle school, may he/ she continue in these programs at the middle or high school level?

Yes, but placement is not guaranteed. All students must submit an application to up to three Magnet/CTA/Select Schools or programs by the annually specified application deadline. The District reserves 25% of the available seats in middle and high school programs for qualifying incoming students who attended a magnet school at the lower level. Those students who are not selected in this 25% will be placed in the general lottery.


Will my child receive all the educational services available to him/her in a regular school?

Magnet/CTA/Select Schools students will receive the educational services that the District provides to students in each of its schools.


Are there any costs associated with entrance into Magnet/CTA/Select Schools?

No application, tuition, or entrance fees are charged for admission. Some schools or programs may require a program fee for enrolled students. Contact individual school sites for information regarding program fees.


If my child does not like the Magnet/CTA/Select School program, can he/she transfer to his/her zoned school?

The Magnet, CTA, or Select School shall be considered the home school of students who are selected and who are in attendance at the beginning of the school year. Students who are accepted and confirm attendance on the Letter of Intent are expected to attend the Magnet, CTA, or Select School for at least one school year.




CCSD is committed to providing a learning and work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed/religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or age, in admission or access to, treatment or employment in, or participation in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups, pursuant to federal and state laws including, but not limited to, Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, and the Boys Scouts of America Equal Access Act.

If you have questions or concerns, contact your teacher, counselor, or school administrator. In addition, you may contact the Student Services Division Chief Compliance Officer (for student disability related issues under Section 504 or IDEA), who is located at 4170 McLeod, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (702) 799-1020. You may also contact the Title IX Coordinator for student discrimination issues related to (Title IX) who are located at 5100 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, (702) 799-5087. For Title VI, employment-related issues, and Title IX, you may contact CCSD’s Executive Manager, Diversity, Affirmative Action and ADA Programs/Title IX Coordinator for employees, located at 5100 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89146, (702) 799-5087.