Optional & Magnet Lottery Wait List

2020-21 Elementary School Application Processing Timeline

Student Selection Process—
1st-Choice Applications
January 13, 2020–February 7, 2020
Student Selection Process—
2nd-Choice Applications
February 7, 2020–February 28, 2020
Elementary Cluster Assignments Begins March 20, 2020

2020-21 Middle and High School Application Processing Timeline

Student Selection Process—
1st-Choice Applications
January 13, 2020–February 28, 2020
Student Selection Process—
2nd-Choice Applications
March 2, 2020–April 10, 2020

Elementary Magnet Lottery Wait List

Magnet programs have a limited number of seats. When more applicants apply for a program than there are seats to accommodate them, a random lottery selection process is used to fill the available seats and create a wait list for the program. Placement on the wait list means your child was not selected for initial placement as a result of the lottery process.

Parents will receive a letter containing their child’s wait list number for first-choice applications the week of February 17, 2020, for elementary magnet schools and programs.

 The wait list status will be updated every Friday at 4:30 p.m. until the fifth day of the 2020-21 school year. The second-choice applicants will be added to the wait list after March 5, 2020.

The wait list number indicates your child’s position on the wait list. Your child’s wait list number will not change even though the number of students on the wait list may decrease as placements are offered.

The elementary magnet wait list is now available for the 2020-21 school year. 

The wait list is maintained for elementary magnet schools and programs that use a lottery for their applicant selection process. Wait lists are only maintained for elementary schools that currently have a wait list. 

The magnet application period for the 2020-21 school year was October 28, 2019–December 18, 2019. Any applications submitted after the deadline are considered late applications. Late magnet applications are not included in the wait list and will be reviewed based on building capacity and program need.

Middle and High School Magnet Lottery Wait List

Magnet programs have a limited number of seats. When more applicants apply for a program than there are seats to accommodate them, a random lottery selection process is used to fill the available seats and create a wait list for the program. Placement on the wait list means your child was not selected for initial placement as a result of the lottery process.

Parents will receive a letter containing their child’s wait list number for first-choice applications the week of March 9, 2020, for middle and high school magnet schools and programs that use a lottery for their applicant selection process. This will only include middle and high school traditional magnets and high school open enrollment programs. If the magnet schools use selection criteria and the student was rejected based on "program at capacity," the magnet school has until the first day of school to contact families to offer a seat.

 The wait list status will be updated every Friday at 4:30 p.m. until the fifth day of the 2020-21 school year. The second-choice applicants will be added to the wait list after April 17, 2020.

The wait list number indicates your child’s position on the wait list. Your child’s wait list number will not change even though the number of students on the wait list may decrease as placements are offered.

The middle and high school magnet lottery wait list will be available on March 9, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year. 

 Wait lists are only maintained for middle and high magnet programs that currently have a wait list. 

The magnet application period for the 2020-21 school year was October 28, 2019–December 18, 2019. Any applications submitted after the deadline are considered late applications. Late magnet applications are not included in the wait list and will be reviewed based on building capacity and program need.

For more information, please contact the JCPS Student Assignment Office at (502) 485-6250.