school is a specialized program that focuses instruction on a particular
theme and incorporates that theme across all subject areas.
Albany's three magnet
elementary schools give families a
choice in public education. Students have a unique opportunity to deeply explore enriched,
theme-based programs in specific areas.
Magnet schools are open to children citywide and enrolled by two random
lotteries: one for prekindergarteners and one for older students.
Families need to apply for the lotteries, which were held April 7.
Click on its highlighted
name below to learn more about each school.
Albany School of Humanities
(ASH). Serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
ASH learners explore global citizenship through the study of visual
arts, literature, music and theater arts. Students participate
inyear-long activities that incorporate the humanities into daily
teaching and learning.
Montessori Magnet School.
Serving prekindergarten through grade 5.
Montessori seeks to educate students in a way that incorporates all
five senses, creates a warm and inviting community and encourages
students to give their best efforts.
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
Serving prekindergarten through grade 6. At TOAST,
learning strategies reflect and reinforce approaches that drive the
development of science and technology: curiosity, discovery,
observation, problem-solving, inquiry and creativity.
to magnet schools
Admission to Albany's magnet schools is done through two random
lotteries -- one for prekindergarten, and one for
grades kindergarten through 5 or 6, depending on the school.
Student selection in the lottery is random, but
certain factors take priority when determining where children will be
Children who reside within designated magnet-school attendance zones are
given admission preference within the lottery system according to the
current district neighborhood preference policy.
Siblings of students currently enrolled in any
of the three magnet schools are given admission preference within
the lottery system.
Placement of students who receive special-education services, including
placement in integrated classrooms, must be determined by the Committee
on Special Education since students
with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are placed into appropriate
programs based on the committee's recommendations.
Students entered in the
lotteries who do not receive a seat are placed in a waiting pool.
Please follow this link
for more information about waiting pools and next steps for families
following the initial lotteries.
You also can call the the Magnet School Office at
475-6551 or Central Registration at 475-6125 if you have questions or
would like additional information.