Middle School Choices

Welcome to JCPS!

At Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), we have high expectations for each of our students and proudly offer  a variety of schools, programs, and activities to engage your child.  

JCPS offers unique learning opportunities to nearly 100,000 students across 168 schools. JCPS has more than two dozen middle schools that offer everything from gender-specific school environments, enhanced technology via partnerships with Verizon Innovative Learning, the opportunity to continue at the same school through twelfth grade, and many more exciting programs.

We are proud that the Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) approved our new School Choice Proposal, which provides students in West Louisville the option to attend a school close to home, streamlines feeder patterns to enhance the predictability of school paths, establishes a magnet strategy that better aligns with national best practices, and provides necessary resources to schools in the newly established Choice Zone.

All of our schools share an unwavering focus on three key pillars: Backpack of Success Skills, Racial Equity, and Culture and Climate. Middle school students will continue building their academic and interpersonal skills as educators meet them where they are to provide equitable support and encourage leadership.

Whether your child is continuing their education in JCPS or is new to the district, we look forward to providing an exciting transition to middle school that reflects our strong commitment to every student’s educational development.

Our teachers are dedicated to helping sixth graders build the confidence they need to take on middle school challenges and to ensure that seventh and eighth graders are prepared for high school work. But JCPS middle schools don’t just bridge the gap between the upper and lower grades—we know that the middle school years are a unique period of personal and academic growth. Our students discover new talents, explore new ideas, and develop new skills not only in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies but also in art, music, technology, world languages, career exploration, and college preparation.

As a part of the JCPS family, you will share the energy, purpose, passion, and pride that enable us to create a brighter future for students, families, businesses, and organizations in our community!

Dr. Marty Pollio
JCPS Superintendent


Let’s Get Started 
Next Steps
How to Register & Apply
Choice Zone Schools
Middle School
Resides Schools
Magnet Schools
Magnet Programs
English as a Second Language
Services for Students With Educational Disabilities
Specialized School Choices

Let’s Get Started

JCPS has more than two dozen middle schools, ensuring students from all backgrounds can find a sense of belonging. With nationally recognized teachers and programs, we are proud to provide an array of choices to best serve our students throughout the district. New for the 2023-24 school year, JCPS is offering students living in the Choice Zone an option to attend school close to home or farther away.

Important to Note

  • Submitting a magnet application doesn’t guarantee admission, and submitting false information will void an application.
  • Waiting lists are not kept from year to year.
  • Magnet applications can only be edited during the magnet application period. If changes are made, only the most recent changes are considered.
  • Siblings of current or former magnet school students do not receive preference in the application process. However, applications for siblings who share the same birth date (twins, triplets, etc.) who are applying to a magnet that utilizes a lottery will be treated as one application. In these cases, parents must submit a separate application for each child.
  • Students who apply during the application period will be notified of the status of their application by April 2023.
  • Students must be a resident of Jefferson County to attend a magnet school or program. If families are relocating, they should contact the JCPS School Choice Office at (502) 485-6250.

What Are Your Next Steps?

  1. Review Options
    Decide what type of learning environment works best for your child, and explore* school options, programs, and/or offerings at each school.
  2. Choose School
    Every student will find a sense of belonging at JCPS. To find that space for your child, start by compiling a list of schools that best fit their needs and aspirations and check the transportation options available.
    1. You Resides school
      • Current students: No application is needed. You will be auto-enrolled.
      • New to JCPS: Contact the school (not the district) if you're new to JCPS. Proof of address is required.
    2. Choice Zone* students
      • You can attend either your close-to-home option or the school designated for your address that is farther away. This is only for incoming sixth graders, middle school students new to the district, or middle school students with a new address.
    3. Magnet school
      • Apply: If your choice is outside of your resides school boundary, you can select up to two magnet schools. Apply during the application period: November 1–December 16, 2022. Students applying during the application period will be notified of the status of their application by April 2023.
    4. Traditional magnet school
    • You’ll be auto-enrolled**: If you are currently enrolled in a JCPS traditional magnet elementary school, no application is necessary. You will be automatically enrolled in the traditional magnet middle school that serves your home address.

*You must apply to a traditional magnet middle school if you are not currently enrolled in a traditional magnet elementary school.

How to Register and Apply

Dates to Remember

  • Showcase of Schools: October 15, 2022
  • Applications open: November 1, 2022
  • Application deadline: December 16, 2022
  • Acceptance notification: April 2023

Register Online

  • Students who have previously attended a JCPS school don’t need to register again.
  • If you are new to JCPS and want to attend your resides middle school, you must first contact the school (not the district) about new student registration. The school will require proof of address.
  • If you are new to JCPS and want to attend a magnet school or magnet program, register with the district at the JCPS Student Assignment Office or online.
  • Once registration is complete, JCPS will verify your information and send you an email to complete your application, which could take up to two days.


If you wish to attend a school other than the school that serves your home address, you must complete an application. Families are encouraged to apply online using the new SchoolMint platform, but the following in-person application options are also available.

You can apply in person at the following locations:

  • JCPS School Choice Office: 4309 Bishop Lane
  • JCPS Satellite Offices (by appointment only)
    • California Community Center: 1600 W. Saint Catherine Street (502) 485-8746
    • Academy @ Shawnee: 4018 W. Market Street (502) 485-6787
  • JCPS English as a Second Language (ESL) Office:1325 Bluegrass Avenue


Explore Pathways provides a clear focus for learning and engagement through an introduction to Career and Technical Education (CTE) in middle school. The model provides purpose and vision for students and creates a sixth- through twelfth-grade pathway of learning by serving as a bridge between middle and high school. Engagement, exposure, and equity are the heart of Explore. The goal is to give our students choices and opportunities early on to get them excited about their futures.

Explore was designed with the social and emotional needs of middle school kids in mind. We know that students thrive when they have choices in their learning and feel a sense of belonging. Through Explore, students will go through a rotation of pathway offerings in sixth grade. Then at the end of sixth grade, they will choose their seventh- and eighth-grade pathway in a special selection ceremony. Over the next two years, students will experience project-based learning, guest speakers, field trips to local high schools, and the creation of a capstone Backpack of Success Skills artifact that connects to their passion.

Explore is not about students choosing a career; it's about hands-on learning and student choice during a time when many students can easily become disengaged. Prior to Explore, students had to choose between taking art- and music-based electives or pursuing CTE electives, such as robotics or healthcare. Now, due to funding and staffing, kids get to have both. It’s a win-win for everyone.

To attend an Explore school, please pay close attention to the requirements for entrance to the particular school. All students in Explore schools will have access to the Explore learning experience; students don't need to apply for Explore itself. Explore is not a magnet or optional program. It is a new way of structuring learning in middle school to focus on Design Thinking and real-world experiences. Currently, there are five pathways aligned with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Career Clusters. Eight JCPS middle schools offer samplings of the pathways as they connect to the Academies of Louisville offerings at the high school level. We hope to onboard more schools in the 2023-24 school year.

Business and Communication: Students will learn all aspects of business, leadership, and marketing. A student in this pathway could focus on personal finance, entrepreneurship, digital citizenship, marketing and advertising, communication and journalism, developing sales strategies, and business planning.

Consumer Science: Students can explore the complexity of personal growth, family dynamics, and early childhood development. They’ll research employability skills and the human connection with economics. They’ll explore the worlds of culinary and food services as well as fashion and interior design. Finally, students can discover the world of agribusiness, where they’ll focus on the systems found in our natural world, from food science to renewable energy.

Healthcare Science: Students will engage in activities focused on the medical field. From first aid/CPR, to biology, to sports medicine, to the multiple careers in healthcare, students will learn the skills needed to be successful not only in today’s medical setting but also in life.

Public Service: Students will explore government structures, law, and education as they pertain to local, state, and national communities. Students will experience mock trials, disaster planning, and emergency response scenarios and will develop leadership skills while they work to enact positive change.

Engineering and Design: Students will learn about the design process from start to finish. They will apply knowledge to learning through such avenues as robotics, coding, architecture, construction, 3D graphic design, and building models.

Choice Zone Schools

EQUITY • Access • Ease of Understanding • Diversity • Choice

You can attend either your close-to-home option or the school designated for your address that is farther away.

Incoming sixth-grade students, students new to JCPS, or students with an address change in the Choice Zone must complete an application to make their close-to-home or far-away school selection. There is no default school. Students can update their selection annually.

All students may also apply for magnets and transfers.

Academy @ Shawnee High
Academy @ Shawnee Middle
New West End Middle

Network 1

Maupin Elementary
Kennedy Elementary
King Elementary

Network 2

Cochran Elementary
Engelhard Elementary
McFerran Preparatory Academy
Wheatley Elementary

Network 3

Atkinson Academy
Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary
Byck Elementary
Portland Elementary

Middle Schools

Fast Facts

  • Resides  No application required for current JCPS fifth graders
  • Magnets  Application required
  • Traditional Magnets  No application required for students currently enrolled in traditional elementary magnet

Resides Schools*

Carrithers Middle School
Conway Middle School
Crosby Middle School
Echo Trail (Opening in 2023-24)
Farnsley Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Kammerer Middle School
Knight Middle School
Lassiter Middle School
Meyzeek Middle School**
Moore, Marion C., School
New West End Middle School*** (Opening in 2023-24)
Newburg Middle School**
Noe Middle School
Olmsted Academy North
Olmsted Academy South
Ramsey Middle School
Stuart Academy
Westport Middle School

Magnet Schools

Barret Traditional Middle School
Brown, J. Graham, School
DuBois, W.E.B., Middle Academy
Highland Middle School
Grace James Academy of Excellence
Jefferson County Traditional Middle School
Johnson Traditional Middle School
Western Middle School for the Arts

Resides Schools

If your school choice is your resides school, no application is necessary. You will be automatically enrolled in your resides school if you are currently enrolled as a JCPS fifth grader. To find out which school serves your address, call the JCPS Demographics Office at (502) 485-3050 or visit School Finder

If your resides school has a magnet program you wish to participate in, you must apply to that magnet program.

If you are new to the JCPS district and want to attend your resides middle school, you must first contact that school (not the district) about new student registration. The school will require proof of address.

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools provide a whole-school approach to a unique curriculum. Magnet schools offer specialized instruction of theme-based education that appeals to student interests, talents, and abilities. Within the district, magnet schools attract students of various socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and academic achievement levels.

Students accepted into one of the traditional magnet schools are on track to complete their education in that program without having to reapply as they progress through their education.

The Traditional Program provides a highly structured, back-to-basics learning environment with:

  • Added emphasis on high academic standards, proper conduct, citizenship, and the development of self-discipline.
  • Orderly classrooms that require nightly homework and strict adherence to school rules (including dress codes).
  • A mission centered on instructional approaches that help students build basic knowledge and gain high competence in fundamental skills.

Carrithers Middle School

At Carrithers Middle School, our mission is to increase the achievement and growth of every student through effective and engaging teaching and learning strategies. Together, we use rigorous academic standards to prepare our students to be productive citizens who are committed to learning.

School Highlights

  • Advance Program
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Daily advisory period to build relationships between students and teachers
  • Community partners include Southwick Community Center, Jeffersontown Community, local
  • universities, and Men of Quality.
  • Full-time mental health counselor
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Distinguished ratings in band, choir, and orchestra
  • Offers one of the few middle school marching bands
  • Student activities: archery, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, dance, Step Team, cheerleading, robotics, track, cross-country, soccer, Quick Recall, chess
  • Exploration period options include archery, chess, LEGOs, cooking, and dissection.
  • Student leadership opportunities: Beta Club, Honor Roll, Black Student Union, Student Council, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Verizon Student Tech Team
  • Fully functioning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab part of related arts rotation

Conway Middle School

Conway Middle School’s mission is to provide quality learning experiences in a caring environment to prepare and inspire our students to be successful in life.

School Highlights

  • Advance Program
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Updated media center with flexible seating, project space, and technology access
  • Award-winning orchestra, band, and Chess Team
  • Youth Services Center (YSC) helps remove learning barriers.
  • Student activities: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track, cheerleading, dance, volleyball, and social/academic clubs
  • Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) team earned five state championship awards for Digital Products Online Judging.
  • Individualized approach to learning through Cougar Day intervention periods

Crosby Middle School

  • Student Enrollment: 1,025
  • Principal: Kara Ammerman, Ed.D.
  • Phone: (502) 485-8235
  • Address: 303 Gatehouse Lane, Louisville, KY 40243
  • Web: http://bit.ly/CrosbyCougarsHub

Crosby Middle School’s mission is to provide relevant and rigorous instruction that prepares and inspires students to become productive citizens and future leaders. We believe that the educational process is most complete when the venture is a joint effort of the student, parent, and school. Our programs provide all students the opportunity to excel academically and emotionally. Every student at Crosby is a unique individual whom we prepare for the transition to high school and—more importantly—life.

School Highlights

  • Advance Program
  • Highly competitive Distinguished Math Scholars (DMS) Program
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Program supported by coding, engineering, robotics, digital music, digital art, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), and Google Classroom instruction
  • Wide range of student activities, clubs, and sports teams that compete at local, state, regional, and national levels
  • Follows a philosophy that emphasizes our Crosby Four C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Consistency, and Celebration) to empower our students to maximize their potential

ECHO Trail Middle School

Opening 2023-24

The principal, official school name, and contact information will be announced in fall 2022. This information was unavailable at the time of publication.

Echo Trail Middle School will open at the start of the 2023-24 school year with an inaugural class of sixth graders. It will grow into a full middle school serving, grades six through eight, over the following two school years. Echo Trail Middle School will serve students from the Echo Trail Resides and Choice Zone. Located adjacent to the Parklands of Floyds Fork, Echo Trail’s exterior is designed to complement the natural environment and allow students access to engage in learning and experiences provided by the school’s campus and the Parklands. In addition, the interior of the building is designed in pods to support small learning communities in middle school teams.

Echo Trail Middle School will be a JCPS Explore Pathway School with pathways that are aligned with Echo Trail’s partner high school.

Farnsley Middle School

Farnsley Middle School provides a safe environment that encourages lifelong student success. We recognize the uniqueness of our students and are committed to promoting student-centered excellence in academics and the development of social skills. Farnsley is one of the first schools to offer Explore Pathways that align with the Academies of Louisville, offering students hands-on, engaging learning experiences.

School Highlights

  • Mathematics/Science/Technology (MST) Magnet Program, Advance
  • Program, and Gifted and Talented Program in the areas of academics, arts, creativity, and leadership
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Distinguished ratings in band, choir, and orchestra
  • Award-winning and nationally recognized academic and leadership teams: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Quick Recall/Future Problem Solvers, Tech Team, Beta Club, Best Buddies, MLKU (Black Student Union [BSU]), LGBTQ+, Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), and others
  • Offers Explore Pathways
  • Community School site that offers after-school programs and services for the entire family and community
  • 40+ extracurricular activities/athletics that hold national, state, regional, and district championships, including basketball, baseball, and track and field
  • Campus includes extensive green space, 1-mile walking track, baseball/softball diamond, and  soccer and football fields.

Kammerer Middle School

At Kammerer Middle School, our primary focus is academic achievement. As you walk through the hallways and classrooms, you will notice the exciting, focused, and highly structured student learning throughout the school.

School Highlights

  • 20+ student activities, including Academic Team, anime/manga, Beta Club, chess, drama club, ping-pong club, Future Problem Solvers, Guitar Club, jazz band, photography club, Quick Recall, and yearbook
  • Award-winning band, choir, and orchestra programs
  • Advance Program, Honors Program, Distinguished Math Scholar (DMS) Program, and Safe and Civil Schools Program
  • Offers Explore Pathways

Knight Middle School

  • Student Enrollment: 448
  • Principal: Jeronda Majors
  • Phone: (502) 485-8287
  • Address: 9803 Blue Lick Road, Louisville, KY 40229
  • Web: http://knight.jcps-ky.com

Knight Middle School’s mission is to be a learning community grounded in equity and empathy as we engage and empower every student socially, emotionally, and academically.

School Highlights

  • District-designated model middle school for Restorative Practices (RP)
  • Focuses on student-centered learning that actively engages students with the curriculum and each other with opportunities like Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Provides students with two Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)-based courses through related arts each year
  • Wide range of electives: art, peer tutoring, physical education (PE), adaptive PE and adaptive art, health, band, orchestra, arts and humanities, chorus
  • Student activities: Academic Team, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), cheerleading, step team, boys’ and girls’ basketball, yearbook, flag and tackle football, cross-country, volleyball, archery, track, soccer
  • Offers Knight Clubs after school throughout the school year. Knight Clubs vary based on the interest of the students but have included Art Club, Knight Cares, Drama, Archery, Knightly News, STLP/Tech Club, and Community Garden.
  • Justice Now learning hub participation opportunities empower young people to come together to solve systemic issues and help create a more just community in Louisville.

Lassiter Middle School

At Lassiter, we are known for our safe and structured learning environment, high academic expectations, and positive school culture. Lassiter is a Leader in Me school where students are taught 21st-century leadership and life skills leading to individual empowerment and personal growth.

School Highlights

  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Offers the prestigious Cambridge International Scholars Program, the world’s leading Advanced Program curriculum recognized by more colleges and universities than International Baccalaureate (IB). Advanced Program classes are available in language arts, math, science, and social studies.
  • Encourages artistic and creative expression in art, band, chorus, creative writing, orchestra, and video production classes
  • Challenges students to participate in our Academic and Quick Recall Teams (Regional Governor’s Cup Champions for the past three years)
  • Offers Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Student Nutrition Advisory Council
  • Sports opportunities: archery, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, flag football, soccer, softball, track, volleyball
  • Student activities: cooking, drama, Girls Who Code and Game, Girls on the Run, Minecraft, robotics, Safe Sitter, student council, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), yearbook, Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Meyzeek Middle School

  • Student Enrollment: 944
  • Principal: Charles Marshall
  • Phone: (502) 485-8299
  • Address: 828 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40203
  • Web: http://meyzeek.jcps-ky.com

Meyzeek Middle School provides a balanced curriculum in which all students are challenged to think critically and excel academically. Meyzeek’s historically distinguished Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program attracts the most talented scholars from all over the city and offers an exceptional experience designed to prepare them for a dynamic future in the field of STEM. The Meyzeek experience promotes STEM inquiry and exploration while simultaneously integrating artistic expression in order to address the learning styles and interests of a diverse learning community. Meyzeek’s unique community, rich history, and ongoing success fuel the school’s spirit that is known as the Meyzeek Mystique.

School Highlights

  • Mathematics/Science/Technology (MST) Magnet Program
  • Advanced-level mathematics, including Algebra and Geometry
  • Advance Program and programming for Gifted and Talented students
  • Robotics and engineering offerings known for receiving awards at the state and national levels
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
  • Technology-App Creators, coding, and Amazon Future Engineers Partner
  • Science Fair and STEM Showcases of Learning
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Community School Program provides after-school programs and services for the whole family.
  • Competitive academic teams and leadership opportunities, including Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), National Junior Beta Club, MATHCOUNTS, Science Olympiad, Governor’s Cup, Debate, Future Problem Solving, and Quick Recall
  • 30+ extracurricular activities, clubs, and competitive athletic teams combined

Marion C. Moore School

  • Student Enrollment: 1,015 (Grades 6–8)
  • Principal: Traci M. Hunt
  • Phone: (502) 485-8304
  • Address: 6415 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40228
  • Web: http://moore.jcps.schooldesk.net

Our culture at Marion C. Moore School stems from our mission and vision. We strive to be a school where students want to be, adults want to work, and the community is proud to have their children attend. We are the largest school in the city of Louisville and proudly serve grades six through twelve. Your child can be with us for seven years, which is a unique benefit of Moore’s combined school model.

School Highlights

  • Offers Project Lead The Way (PLTW), which boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “Aha! moments” and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW’s activities in engineering and biomedical science, they are offered possibilities that they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
  • Provides opportunities for design and modeling to develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives
  • Provides VEX Robotics platform to design, build, and program real-world objects, such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms
  • The unique structure of having middle school and high school students share a campus supports consistency in academic focus.
  • Related arts courses, which mirror high school Academies, provide opportunity to explore offerings.

New West End Middle School

Opening 2023-24

The principal, official school name, location, and contact information will be announced in fall 2022. This information was unavailable at the time of printing.

The West End Middle School will open at the start of the 2023-24 school year with an inaugural class of sixth graders. It will grow into a full middle school, serving grades six through eight, over the following two school years.

The West End Middle School will serve students from the West End Middle School Resides zone. The school's design will be state-of-the-art, with a focus on small learning communities that support the middle school team model.

The West End Middle School will be a JCPS Explore Pathway School with pathways that are aligned with the West End Middle School’s partner high school.

Newburg Middle School

At Newburg Middle School, we aim to inspire students in their quest for knowledge while promoting success and self-confidence through teamwork, critical thinking, and self-discipline as students become contributing members of our global society.

School Highlights

  • Mathematics/Science/Technology (MST) Magnet Program, Advance Program, and engineering coursework
  • Student body speaks 21+ languages.
  • World-renowned VEX Robotics and Engineering Program
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Distinguished ratings in orchestra, band, and chorus
  • Only JCPS school with chartered Boy Scout Troop (#491)
  • Back-to-back district champions in football, basketball, and baseball
  • Athletic opportunities: volleyball, cheer, football, cross-country, baseball, softball, basketball, tennis, archery, soccer, eSports, dance
  • Local-, regional-, and national-level academic competition opportunities
  • Outdoor classroom with a drone course
  • Kutz 4 Kidz: State-licensed, fully operational barbershop that offers free haircuts to kids
  • The Student Achievement Community Center (SACC) provides students and families access to clothes, shoes, and fresh produce on-site at Newburg. Community partners, like Meijer, Amazon, Lowe’s, California Closets, and Zappos, help keep the SACC stocked.
  • Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) opportunities and new technology in Verizon- and Project Lead the Way (PLTW)-funded Innovation Lab
  • Strong community partnerships with Faurecia, GE Appliances, and the Newburg Boys’ and Girls’ Club
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff

Noe Middle School

Diversity, creativity, and academic excellence—these are the hallmarks of Noe Middle School. By providing challenging courses and recognizing the individual talents of each child, Noe prepares students for the demands of high school while honoring their youthful enthusiasm and desire to make a difference in the world. Noe’s mission is to focus on student success as the goal of all activities through a student-centered environment; an interdisciplinary team-teaching organization; and a cooperative effort of staff, parents, and the community.

School Highlights

  • Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program includes accelerated classes in band, chorus, dance, drama, orchestra, and visual arts.
  • JCPS’s only middle school Gifted and Talented Magnet Program for students who excel in academics, the arts, creativity, and leadership
  • Advance Program
  • Uses a block schedule
  • Offers Algebra I and Geometry for high school credit
  • Faculty includes teachers endorsed in Gifted Education.
  • Student leadership opportunities: National Junior Beta Club, Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA), Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), service-learning projects
  • 40+ extracurricular activities in athletics, academic competitions, and clubs of interest

Olmstead Academy North

Our mission is to encourage the exploration of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) by providing relevant, rigorous instruction rooted in critical thinking, collaboration, and innovation.

Together, we aim for every student to be engaged, inspired, empowered, and prepared for college and career. Our culture at Olmsted Academy North is driven by our mission to provide our young men with rigorous instruction—encouraging collaboration and inclusion through STEAM-focused exploration—to design innovative futures.

School Highlights

  • Innovation Lab-Occulus Go VR Headsets, HTC Vive Pro Immersive VR Headsets, 3D printers, Coding Kits, digital media tools, and cameras
  • STEAM Magnet Program and Advance Program
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Provides young men with benefits of STEAM curriculum in single-gender setting
  • Programs, clubs, and activities help build academic skills and leadership abilities.
  • Offers Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), coding, mechanical engineering, digital design, and robotics as well as a full music program, including orchestra, jazz band, show choir, and an ambassador choir
  • Extra reading and math intervention and enrichment offered daily
  • Implements Restorative Practices (RP) to strengthen student-staff relationships

Olmstead Academy South

  • Student Enrollment: 579
  • Principal: Synthia Shelby
  • Phone: (502) 485-8270
  • Address: 5650 Southern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40214
  • Web: www.OASbrave.com

In addition to academic proficiency in core subjects, young women at Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South will have a mastery of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) skills; an understanding of and appreciation for the arts; and the ability to provide meaningful service to their diverse communities. Our vision is for each of our young women to leave Olmsted Academy South equipped with 21st-century skills through STEAM-based education.

School Highlights

  • All-girls public middle school
  • STEAM-infused core curriculum, innovative technology courses, and visual and performing arts
  • Technology courses: robotics, programming, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), multimedia
  • Visual and performing arts: band, chorus, orchestra, piano, advanced art
  • Student activities: Academic Team, Environmental Club, Bike Club, Photography Club, Writers Club, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, dance, cheer, Step Team
  • Community partnership programming: Women in Leadership Program; Girls on the R.I.S.E. (Revolutionizing Interpretations through Self-Expression); Women’s Economic Leadership Program; Young Authors Greenhouse; Kentucky, United Nations Assembly (KUNA); Beta Club; Kentucky Science Center; Mercy Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • (STEM) Partnership; and Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana STEM Partnership
  • Nationally certified by Magnet Schools of America

Ramsey Middle School

Ramsey Middle School’s mission is to provide an exceptional educational experience that prepares students to pursue their passions by developing empowered learners, service-minded leaders, and globally responsible citizens. Ramsey was the first middle school to offer Explore Pathways aligned with the Academies of Louisville. The grade-level Academies are located in separate parts of the building to facilitate a successful transition from elementary to high school with individual teams to build a sense of community.

School Highlights

  • Explore Pathways
    • Engineering and Design: state-of-the-art VEX Robotics and competition teams
    • Healthcare Science: nursing, CPR, anatomy, medical detectives
    • Business and Communication: digital media, graphic arts, financial literacy
  • Community-based, interdisciplinary service-learning projects and field trip opportunities
  • Embedded enrichment and intervention opportunities during Student Success Time (SST), inhouse mental health practitioner, and a Family Resource Center (FRC)
  • State-of-the-art, high-tech, environmentally friendly building
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: Chromebooks with integrated wireless technology for all students
  • Award-winning band, orchestra, choir, visual arts, and theatre programs
  • Successful athletics program with opportunities for every JCPS middle school sport
  • Extracurriculars: Academic Team, Anime Club, MLKU (Black Student Union [BSU]), Best Buddies, Chess Team, coding, drama, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girls on the R.I.S.E., Gay Straight Trans Alliance (GSTA), Harry Potter Club, Junior Beta Club, Peer Mediators, RAMcast Broadcast Team, Ramsey Jazz Band, Rampage Steppers, Star Wars Club

Stuart Academy

In partnership with the community, Stuart Academy's mission is to empower scholars to be 21st-century leaders who are ready for high school.

School Highlights

  • Advance Program (seventh- and eighth-grade students only)
  • Offers a variety of athletic and extracurricular activities at facilities that are among the best in the district
  • Physical education (PE) classes use fitness lab with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Parent engagement and involvement opportunities: parent nights, web talks with the principal and leadership team, field trips, volunteering, and parent-teacher conferences
  • Smaller class sizes than most JCPS middle schools; Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities; and proactive and supportive academic, behavioral, social, and emotional interventions and enrichment
  • Offers band, orchestra, and chorus, as well as Boys’ and Girls’ Club Programs
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School: iPad and data plan for all students/staff
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Thomas Jefferson Middle School (TJMS) is transitioning its innovative Digital and Global Leadership Program into an Explore Pathway school aligned with the Academies of Louisville. This innovative program provides students with access, opportunity, and exploration of their interests and aptitudes.

School Highlights

  • Offers Explore Pathways
  • Daily related arts classes include band, orchestra, choir, and physical education (PE).
  • The Patriot Pride Academy helps sixth graders make a successful transition to middle school. Sixth graders are separate from the seventh and eighth grades so that their team teachers can focus on supporting them through social-emotional lessons specifically for sixth-grade students. (Tours are available by appointment.)
  • Advance Program and Gifted and Talented Program
  • TJMS is a no-uniform school and supports student expression through a dress code policy.
  • Sports: basketball, baseball, cheerleading, soccer, Step Team, track
  • Activities: robotics, anime, Book Clubs, gaming, chess (state champions), Academic Team, art, Beta Club, student council, LGBTQ, Equity, and more

Westport Middle School

  • Student Enrollment: 1,185
  • Principal: Jodie Zeller
  • Phone: (502) 485-8346
  • Address: 8100 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40222
  • Web: www.westportmiddle.com

At Westport Middle School, we believe we can inspire every student by providing a safe and caring environment that fosters academic and individual growth. Our mission is to collaboratively coach students and each other to build a consistent learning community. This reflects our core values of consistency, community, collaboration, and coaching. Westport is part of the JCPS Explore Academy Pathway project allowing students a pathway of related arts classes aligned with student interests and high school Academies of Louisville.

School Highlights

  • Montessori Magnet Program
  • Offers Illustrative Math, a research-based curriculum
  • Offers Explore Pathways
  • Related arts opportunities: orchestra; band; choral music; drama; dance; physical education (PE); health science; robotics; coding; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); general technology; career choices; African-American history; visual art opportunities; Best Buddies; and more
  • University of Louisville (UofL) Signature Partnership School
  • Student activities: Robotics Team, football, Academic Team, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and more
  • Advisory programming that provides support through socially and emotionally focused team-and community-building lessons and exercises
  • Embedded enrichment and intervention systems

Magnet Schools


The Academy @ Shawnee is a magnet middle school and aerospace high school serving students in hallmark programs that include aviation and engineering. We are committed to preparing students by helping them develop the core skills needed to be successful in high school and beyond.

School Highlights

  • Explore Pathways
  • Engineering and Design
  • Healthcare Science (Coming 2023-24)
  • Business and Communication
  • Offers project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum to connect content areas.
  • Small class sizes provide personalized learning and family engagement opportunities.
  • Extended learning opportunities in which students explore aviation engineering, business and marketing, sports medicine, nursing, and more.
  • Multimillion-dollar facility renovation is underway that will provide additional state-of-the-art learning labs and equipment.
  • Shawnee’s combined middle and high school format offers students the opportunity to remain with the same cohort of students in sixth through twelfth grade.
  • All students participate in the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Gateway to Technology curriculum and Challenger Learning Center Programs.

Barret Traditional Middle School

Barret Traditional Middle School provides a structured environment that allows every student to reach their highest potential while growing to be lifelong learners in a culturally diverse, ever-changing world. Our mission is to teach our students to pursue excellence, demonstrate compassion, develop personal responsibility, and build a culture of respectfulness through service to others.

School Highlights

  • High-quality instruction in the core subjects
  • Long-standing tradition of top-rated academic performance
  • Schoolwide emphasis on service learning through the Barret Cares Program, which provides community-service opportunities
  • Outstanding related arts opportunities in art; chorus; music; band; orchestra; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); physical education (PE); and health
  • Award-winning athletics, featuring district and state championships in basketball, football, tennis, volleyball, field hockey, baseball, cheer, dance, and golf

J. Graham Brown School

Self-Directed Learning: The J. Graham Brown School, the original magnet school, is a districtwide magnet school for students who thrive in a Self-Directed Learning environment. Our mission is to cultivate innovative thinking and foster independence, empathy, and initiative within a culturally responsive learning environment. J. Graham Brown School students have the “reasoned minds and educated hearts” of self-directed, lifelong learners.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide magnet school serving kindergarten through grade twelve
  • Students engage in an aligned, college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum based on our four
  • tenets of Self-Directed Learning: Independence, Empathy, Initiative, and Innovation.
  • Provides an academic program that cultivates critical, openminded, and creative thinkers who are willing to take risks and are eager for new knowledge
  • Offers a learning environment that develops compassionate, tolerant, and respectful human beings who value cultural diversity and contribute to the community
  • Grade-level academic performance and age-appropriate social skills are expected for success in this informal educational setting.
  • 90-minute block schedule
  • Opportunities to earn high school credit as early as seventh grade

W.E.B. DuBois Middle Academy

Gender-Specific Magnet for Boys: W.E.B. DuBois Academy is an innovative middle school that opened during the 2018-19 school year. Open to all male students, our innovative learning environment offers an Afrocentric, multicultural curriculum that is both rigorous and engaging. Our mission is to engage, eliminate barriers, and empower each young man to achieve excellence. We guarantee that each student will demonstrate growth, becoming more adept mathematicians, readers, writers, and speakers, while also becoming better role models, listeners, and leaders in their homes and communities.

School Highlights

  • Districtwide magnet school
  • Starting in 2023-24, DuBois will be an Explore Middle School, offering culinary, business, and engineering pathways. These will mirror the DuBois high school pathways.
  • Students demonstrate P.R.I.D.E. by focusing on leadership attributes, such as Perseverance, Resilience, Initiative, Discipline, and Empathy.
  • DuBois Academy draws from evidence-based research and culturally responsive teaching to actively engage students as they grow as learners and self-aware young men.
  • Core tenets emphasize literacy, numeracy, social sciences, technology usage, and speaking a foreign language.

Highland Middle School

  • Student Enrollment: 816
  • Principal: Vanessa Green
  • Phone: (502) 485-8266
  • Address: 1700 Norris Place, Louisville, KY 40205
  • Web: www.highlandmiddle.com

At Highland Middle School, our mission is to teach to high academic and social standards so that each member of the school community becomes more internationally minded and develops a desire for lifelong learning and community responsibility. Students can join an award-winning music program consisting of band and orchestra. The Visual Arts Program provides students with specialized, intensive study in visual arts (2D and 3D), and students are encouraged to participate in community exhibitions and performance opportunities. Students will also have a fine arts immersive experience through Explore pathways of Consumer Science (Culinary and Environmental) and Engineering and Design.

School Highlights

  • Award-winning Fine Arts Magnet
  • Advanced Spanish elective for grades 6-8
  • Consumer Science & Engineering Design Pathways with Culinary Arts, Environmental Stewardship, Robotics, 2D- and 3D-Art, and Design Technology
  • Implements daily Social-Emotional Learning curriculum
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School-Digital Promise
  • 90-minute instructional periods with interventions and enrichments embedded
  • Sports: cheer, cross-country, golf, fencing, field hockey, basketball, tennis, football, volleyball, swimming, archery, soccer, baseball, softball, girls’ lacrosse, flag football, track & field
  • Extracurricular Activities: Adventures Club, Art Club, LGBTQ+ Alliance, Black Student Union, Quick Recall, Minecraft Club, Racial Equity Committee, Harry Potter Club, Garden Club, Creative Writing Club, Muslim Student Association

Grace James Academy of Excellence

Gender-Specific Magnet With an Afrocentric STEAM Perspective: Grace James Academy of Excellence is a sixth- through twelfth-grade program that empowers its GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) to boldly conquer limitless possibilities through an inclusive and personalized curriculum.

School Highlights

  • Offers Explore Pathways
  • Modern classrooms and blended learning offer personalized, student-centered learning
  • A cross-curriculum Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) focus in core classes with multiple industry partners
    • Worked with Ford to develop and build new pieces that will be used in Ford Maverick models
    • In-class presentations by Fall City medical professionals
  • Student voice, advocacy, and service-learning platforms supported through problem-based and Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities
    • Student-led conferences/CROWN line (student surveys/input)
    • GEMS community initiatives (Hearts for Humanity and Blue Ribbons Project)
    • Students used John Lewis’s concept of Good Trouble to create informed action (e.g., organize mock peaceful protest, create Public Service Announcement [PSA] about the topic, send letter to lawmaker).
  • Afrocentric model teaches students to see the world through multiple lenses and be advocates for others.
    • Hosted town hall addressing West Louisville food desert
    • Created textbooks to inform fellow students of religious differences
    • Created a mock bill (law) to address issues of the African Diaspora
  • Beyond the CROWN leaving-to-learn field trips, past opportunities include the following:
    • University of Louisville (UofL) School of Medicine: Students helped with COVID research.
    • UofL Speed School: Learn about fields of engineering
    • GE: Career exposure, work through problems that GE has

Jefferson County Traditional Middle School

At Jefferson County Traditional Middle School (JCTMS), our staff, parents, and community all share the responsibility of educating our students. Together, we work toward the highest academic expectations within a structured environment that promotes citizenship, self-discipline, patriotism, and respect for all. We aim for JCTMS to be an exceptional school that is committed to providing students the skills, knowledge, and attitude to ensure that they are prepared for the next academic level and become responsible citizens in our society.

School Highlights

  • Traditional education
  • Annual Patriotic Program
  • Student attendance remains one of the highest among JCPS middle schools.
  • Award-winning band, chorus, and orchestra
  • Student activities and athletics: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Robotics, Youth Services Center (YSC) Advisory Council, Musical Theatre, Beta Club, Art Club, basketball, football, cheerleading, field hockey, soccer, dance team, cross-country, track, baseball, softball, wrestling, swimming, archery

Johnson Traditional Middle School

Johnson Traditional Middle School is committed to creating a safe community where all adolescents and adults are respected and empowered to become lifelong learners and leaders. As a traditional school, we are dedicated to the concepts of scholarship, patriotism, courtesy, respect, responsibility, and citizenship. We strive for every student to develop the highest possible competence in fundamental skills, growth in citizenship and in moral and spiritual values, responsibility for personal behavior, and a spirit of individual achievement and competition.

School Highlights

  • Provides traditional education, which focuses on high academic standards, proper conduct, citizenship, and self-discipline with an emphasis on school PRIDE values every day
  • Student activities: band, orchestra, chess, robotics, Academic Team, Green Team, Algebra 1, Accelerated Math, E-School High School Credit Enrollment opportunities
  • Student leadership opportunities: Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), Peer Tutors, Jag Ambassadors
  • Athletic activities: cheerleading, Dance Team, Step Team, cross-country, boys' and girls' basketball, girls' volleyball, girls' softball, boys' baseball, track, soccer
  • New course offerings: Global Issues, Humanities, Choir, and General Music

Western Middle School for the Arts

  • Student Enrollment: 654
  • Principal: Hollie Smith
  • Phone: (502) 485-8345
  • Address: 2201 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40212
  • Web: www.westernmiddlearts.com

School Highlights

  • Will become districtwide Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school in 2023-24
  • Advance Program and programming for Gifted and Talented students
  • Verizon Innovative Learning School
  • Instrumental music, vocal music, dance, drama, and visual arts embedded in daily learning
  • Students participate in performances and other showcases open to the public throughout the year.
  • Student leadership opportunities: Beta Club, Student Council, and Student Technology
  • Leadership Program (STLP)
  • Student activities: Photography Club, Children’s Fine Arts Club, Project Lit, Dance Team, Step
  • Team, Poetry Club, Yearbook Club, robotics, basketball, cheerleading, Dance Ensemble, Volleyball Club, soccer, track and field, swimming, and archery

Magnet Programs

Fast Facts

  • Applications required
  • Transportation provided*

*Transportation is not provided if you live in close proximity to your school, generally within 1 mile.

Gender-Specific and STEAM**

Olmsted Academy North (boys): Districtwide
Olmsted Academy South (girls): Districtwide (**STEAM only offered at South)

Gender-specific schools prepare young men and women through a rigorous academic curriculum that focuses on using next-generation skills. Emphasis is placed on leadership development that integrates engineering, technology, arts and humanities, and service-learning within a diverse environment.

Olmsted Academy South (OAS) engages students in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education embedded throughout core academic subjects and through various learning strategies, including student personalized learning and project-based choices.

Gifted and Talented

Noe: Districtwide

The Gifted and Talented Magnet is designed to meet the unique needs of advanced learners through student choice, project-based instruction, and leadership opportunities. Students are expected to perform above grade level in the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) and deepen their understanding through instruction geared toward their preferred learning styles. A combination of rigorous academic expectations, acceleration, and individual and peer assignments extends students’ academic and creative talents.

Mathematics/Science/Technology School

Farnsley: Based on home address
Meyzeek: Based on home address
Newburg: Based on home address

Students are assigned to Farnsley, Meyzeek, or Newburg based on their home address. The Mathematics/Science/Technology (MST) Program is designed for inquisitive students looking for opportunities to enrich and expand their learning beyond the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Upon entry into the program, students are expected to participate in their learning and move at an accelerated pace through collaborative problem solving, critical thinking, research, and public presentations of their findings. Students have access to enrichment and academic competitions.

Montessori School

Westport: Districtwide

The Montessori Program fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth in all areas of development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical. Students work independently and in groups (often with specially designed instructional materials), which allows them to act as role models and leaders. They are respectful of themselves and their surroundings and engage in critical thinking and self-directed learning. The curriculum provides a firm foundation in four core areas: language arts, math, science, and social studies. The classroom atmosphere encourages students to develop teamwork, problem-solving skills, self-confidence, self-esteem, and social awareness. Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply, and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners and citizens who are accountable to both themselves and their community.

Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School

Noe: Districtwide

The Visual and Performing Arts Magnet provides specialized, intensive studies in dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts. Students develop their artistic potential and have opportunities to prepare for possible entry into a high school arts magnet. Students are expected to perform above grade level in the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) and to deepen their understanding through instruction geared toward their preferred learning style. A combination of rigorous academic expectations, acceleration, and individual and peer assignments helps students extend their academic and creative talents

Important to note: Some schools with magnet programs will ask for additional information as part of the application process, such as student work samples or test scores. If a school asks you for additional information, please reply promptly and send the information directly to the school. Applications will be considered incomplete if the requested information is not sent to a school.

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Office at 1325 Bluegrass Avenue serves families who need help with English. The ESL Department works closely with students and families to ensure that English Language Learners attain English proficiency. The department offers language services and facilitates communication between families and schools to help maintain a strong connection in the educational process. Contact the ESL Office at (502) 485-3623 to make an appointment.

Newcomer Academy

The Newcomer Academy (NCA) seeks to provide a welcoming and respectful environment that meets the unique linguistic, academic, and social/emotional needs of sixth- through eighth-grade English Language Learners in the JCPS District. These students typically are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. They are usually at the beginning levels of English proficiency and may have had limited, or interrupted, educational experiences in their native countries.

Students are referred to NCA by the ESL Intake Center, where all families of a non-English language background register when they first enter JCPS. At the ESL Intake Center, new students complete an English language assessment, and students in middle and high school who score below a certain threshold are referred to NCA. Enrollment at NCA is completely voluntary, and parents may waive ESL services at any time. NCA students transition to another middle or high school with an ESL Program after one to three semesters.

For more information on the Newcomer Academy, contact the school at (502) 485-6324.

Please Note: You may register your child for school regardless of immigration status and/or a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Services for Students With Educational Disabilities

Exceptional Child Education (ECE) services are available for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KARs). Students receive specially designed instruction to meet their needs as described on the Individual Education Program (IEP). Each student is served in the school that they would attend if not disabled unless the IEP requires a different school assignment.

The ECE Parent Resource Center assists parents in understanding the special education process. The staff helps parents work in partnership with their child’s school. The ECE website offers information on assessment, IEP development, parent resources, placement, programs, policy and procedures, and quick call listings at https://www.jefferson.kyschools.us/node/5131.

Specialized School Choices

JCPS offers other school options to meet the various needs of Jefferson County students. For more information on admission to these schools, contact Student Relations at (502) 485-3335.

Liberty High School

Liberty High School is a new Big Picture School that enrolls students in grades seven through twelve. The programs are designed to support students who need additional resources at their current grade level in an effort to meet academic needs and assist in transitioning to the next grade level. Liberty offers students the opportunity to succeed with a small teacher-to-student ratio, individualized graduation plans, life skills education, internship opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences. Liberty offers classes on a quarter schedule and with block scheduling. Liberty’s classes are offered quarterly, providing students the opportunity to earn extra credits toward graduation.

Pathfinder School of Innovation

The Pathfinder School of Innovation, JCPS’s only comprehensive virtual school for students in grades six through twelve, has a goal of producing exemplary levels of achievement through research-based instruction and data-driven assessment to provide our students a strong foundation to pursue a variety of postsecondary opportunities. Pathfinder students receive asynchronous (on-demand) instruction so that they may learn at their own pace with synchronous (live) support and intensive progress monitoring. The Pathfinder School of Innovation works to meet each student’s needs academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally, just as they would for in-person instruction, using digital tools and resources. Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are available online to Pathfinder students.

The Phoenix School of Discovery

The Phoenix School of Discovery is a choice school that specializes in meeting the needs of students through differentiated instruction. The Phoenix School enrolls students in grades six through twelve. Classes are taught by highly qualified educators in a setting that offers a small student-to-teacher ratio. Instruction is further enhanced by technology and interventions targeting students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. The school’s primary focus is not only to prepare students in grades six through twelve to reach state Proficiency levels but also to meet the needs of the students where they are and to equip them with the necessary skills to be successful in life after high school.

Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program

Georgia Chaffee Teenage Parent Program (TAPP) is designed to prevent school dropout due to teen pregnancy and parenting. The program, offered to middle and high school students throughout Jefferson County, is available at 1010 Neighborhood Place. Since 1970, TAPP has enabled thousands of young women to complete their high school education. Achievement is a key component of TAPP, with an increasing number of our graduates enrolling in accredited colleges and technical career programs. Being a mother at a young age presents many barriers to success in school, such as illness, childcare issues, transportation, and access to medical care.

TAPP provides these and other valuable services on-site so students never have to leave campus.


Action Required:

All families must create a new account to submit school applications at http://jcps-apply.com/

SchoolMint is a new technology platform that allows families to track their application status as well as engage in the JCPS-managed school choice system that includes the following:

  • Pre-Application for New Students to JCPS
  • Update My Address
  • Elementary Application
  • Dual Resides Selection Process
  • Magnet Application
  • Student Transfer Application
  • School Registration Forms

The mobile-friendly and multilingual platform will simplify the 2023- 24 application process for families by assisting with understanding and navigating their school choice options. All applications for schools that use a lottery in their selection process will be managed in the secure and equitable SchoolMint platform. SchoolMint allows for real-time district communication to families regarding deadlines, application status, and additional required documentation that can be sent through email and text messaging.


Q: How do I register and apply to schools?
A: Information on registering, applying for JCPS schools as well as applying to magnet schools and programs is listed on these pages

Q: What does school choice mean?
A: JCPS's school choice system offers parents the opportunity to choose the school that best meets their child's needs. New in the 2023-24 school year, JCPS also offers students living in the Choice Zone the option to attend school close to home or farther away.

Q: How many magnet choices can I submit for my child?
A: Parents may select up to two magnet choices on the application.

Q: How can I change the application to a different school or program?
A: An online application can be changed until December 16, 2022. Changes are not permitted once the application period closes.

Q: How do I find out my resides school?
A: Use the SchoolFinder tool to find your school.

Q: I have applied, but my address has changed. What do I do?
A: Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 to determine if the change of address will impact your child’s application. Some schools or programs have boundaries. A change of address could mean your child, if accepted, would have a different school assignment.

Q: When and how will I find out about my child’s assignment?
A: Students who apply during the application period will be notified by letter, email, or phone of the status of their application by April 2023.

Q: I missed the magnet application period. What are my options?
A: You may submit a magnet application after December 16, 2022, but the application will only be considered if the school has openings for additional students. Students may always attend their resides school.

Q: I don’t live in Jefferson County right now but will be moving there before school begins. Can I submit a magnet application for my child?
A: You may submit a magnet application in order for your child to be considered for your school choice option. Students may always attend a school within their zone. You must provide proof of residence in Jefferson County before your child can enroll in a JCPS school. Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 for more information.

Q: I’ll be moving to Jefferson County after school begins. What are the magnet options for my child?
A: Students who relocate to Jefferson County after the start of the 2023-24 school year can inquire about a magnet school option at the time of their arrival through December 31, 2023. Students may always attend a school within their zone. Call the Office of School Choice at (502) 485-6250 for more information.