The Application Process

The process for acceptance into a magnet/CTA program is outlined below.  All students wishing to attend a Magnet/CTA school must submit an application.

Get To Know Us!

Entry to an elementary or middle school magnet program is interest-based. Entry to a high school magnet or CTA program is criteria and interest-based. High school applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the following criteria: attendance, GPA, conduct, ELA and Math coursework, and in some cases, audition. Families are encouraged to research schools carefully and attend one or more community events in order to receive the best information about each program offering. There are many opportunities for families to research Magnet/CTA programs. These include:

  • Parent Informational Workshops
  • School-based open-houses
  • Camps and workshops
  • Shadow days
  • Choice fairs
  • Community events
  • Talk to guidance counselors
  • Trustee PAC meetings (when the Magnet/CTA Department presents)

Collect Records

Parents of non CCSD high school students collect required information.

1st trimester/semester report card

Submit an Application

Applicants may choose up to 3 different Magnet/CTA schools/programs and place them in 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice order. Please choose one of the following ways to apply:

* Complete an online application at OR
* Drop off a paper application at 1st choice Magnet/CTA school OR
* Mail paper application to 1st choice Magnet/CTA school

Be sure to submit any required information by the annual specified deadline.  All information must be received no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Late applications will be accepted, however they are not considered for the initial lottery.

Stand By!

Wait for your student’s notification of lottery status.  Notification of selection status will be mailed. 

Notification letters will be mailed the week of February 25, 2019. Applicants who applied online may sign on to view results.

Please contact your 1st choice Magnet/CTA school if you have not received the notification letter by March 4, 2019.


Accept and Enroll

Notify the Magnet/CTA school that you accept the invitation for your child to attend by returning acceptance documents to the school of your choice by the indicated date. Students may accept a seat at one school only.

Complete registration materials as provided by the school and follow enrollment procedures as indicated.

Note:  It is the family’s responsibility to verify transportation eligibility. Click HERE to view a list of schools according to the distance from your residence.  Please visit to verify transportation eligibility.