• Decatur Public Schools’ three magnet programs are no longer accepting applications to enroll in a magnet program for the 2021-22 school year, as the deadline for applications was January 31, 2021.

    Each of the magnet school programs offer 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 2021 to fill the available seats in each magnet school program, and parents will be notified by email and/or phone call shortly after. 


     Click on a magnet school logo to watch a short video to get to know that school!

       American Dreamer STEM Academy     Johns Hill Magnet School      Montessori Academy for Peace






    Key Magnet Dates:

    • Last day to apply to a magnet program for 2021-2022: January 31, 2021
    • Early-Mid February the Lottery will be held
    • Parents will be notified of the lottery results on or before March 12, 2021
    • Parents have until March 26, 2021, to accept or decline a magnet seat
  • 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.


    The deadline to submit an application for the 2021-2022 school year has passed.