• Magnet School Programs Orientation Schedule

    French Academy

    Hope Academy

    Johns Hill Magnet School

    Durfee Magnet School

    Enterprise Montessori Magnet School

    Garfield Montessori Magnet School


    The Decatur Public School District is proud to offer five quality Magnet School Programs.  Magnet Schools offer educational choices.  While similar courses and programs are available in most of our schools, Magnet Programs attract students by offering unique opportunities that emphasize a specialized theme. View the Magnet School Flier.


    How to Apply

    Applications are due by January 31 each year for the following school year.  Anyone living within the District #61 boundaries can apply to a magnet school. Parents of students who already attend a magnet program must submit an application for new siblings entering PreK/Kindergarten or any other grade. Parents MUST attend an orientation session at the school to which the family is applying. Call the appropriate school for orientation dates. The District’s central office runs a lottery each February after the deadline closes.  Principals will notify families soon after the lottery is held.


    • Durfee 
     (217) 362.3500
    • Enterprise 
     (217) 362.3390
    • French
     (217) 362.3380
    • Garfield
     (217) 362.3370
    • Hope
     (217) 362.3280
    • Johns Hill
     (217) 362.3350


    There is no additional cost to attend a Magnet School (Grades K—8) as long as the family lives within the District 61 boundary.



    Magnet Programs are open to any Decatur Public School student entering the appropriate grade level.  Students must be five years old by September 1 to enter kindergarten.



    School bus transportation is provided free of charge for families living outside of a 1 1/2 mile radius of the school.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q:  If my child is currently enrolled in a Magnet Program, does he/she need to reapply and what about brothers and sisters?

    A:  Current Magnet School students do not need to reapply to remain in their present magnet school. Parents must submit an application for siblings new to the magnet program, even if an older sibling is a current student. If the current student has a brother or sister from the same household, he/she will be given priority preference if space is available.

    Q:  How and when will I be notified of my child’s acceptance into a Magnet School?

    A:  You will receive a letter from the Magnet School Principal in late February after the lottery is held.  You must accept only one school.

    Q:  What if I miss the deadline?

    A:  Applications submitted after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list.