• Applications now being accepted to attend a magnet program for the 2022-2023 school year! 

    Each of the magnet school programs offers unique philosophies to draw students from all over the district. Programs range from structured environments in which children wear uniforms to a curriculum that encourages independence. 

    The District’s central office will conduct an electronic lottery in February 2022 to fill the available seats in each magnet school program and parents will be notified by email and/or phone call shortly after. 


    1) Click on a magnet school logo below to watch a short video to get to know that school.

    2) REQUIRED: Attend a Parent Information Meeting via Zoom webinar! Join us on one of the following dates:

    • Wednesday, December 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, January 13 @ 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, January 26 @ 5:30 p.m.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information and the link to the Zoom webinar.

    Register for Webinar

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     Key Magnet Dates:

    • Last day to apply to a magnet program: January 31, 2022
    • Lottery will be held in February
    • Following the lottery, parents will be notified of the lottery results
    • Parents have until March 11, 2022, to accept or decline a magnet seat

    CLICK HERE to apply to a magnet program! 

    The deadline to submit an application for the 2022-2023 school year is January 31, 2022. 

    How to Apply

    Applications are due by January 31 each year for the following school year. Any student 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. The District’s central office runs a lottery each February after the deadline closes. Principals will notify families soon after the lottery is held is their student received a seat or has been placed on a waitlist. Waitlists DO NOT carry over from year to year — students must reapply the following year if they have not received a seat within a magnet program.


    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 Schools student entering the appropriate grade level. Students must be five years old by September 1 of the upcoming school year to enter Kindergarten.


    School bus transportation is provided free of charge for families living outside of a one-and-a-half 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 sibling from the same household, the sibling 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 an email and/or phone call from the Magnet School in late February after the lottery is held, to notify you if your student has gotten a seat or been placed on the waitlist.

    Q:  What if I miss the deadline?

    A:  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.