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Magnet elementary schools

 

Magnet Schools Office

75 Watervliet Ave., room 112

Albany, NY 12206

Phone: 475-6551

Fax: 475-6550

 

About Albany's elementary magnet schools

A magnet 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 real 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. Applications will be available for the 2015-16 school year on Jan. 20 and the lottery will be held March 3.

 

Click on its highlighted name below to learn more about each school.

  • Albany School of Humanities (ASH). Serving prekindergarten through grade 6. At ASH, learners explore diverse cultures through the study of visual arts, literature, music and theater arts.

  • 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 (TOAST). Serving prekindergarten through grade 5. TOAST emphasizes science and technology across all subject areas.

Applying to magnet schools
Admission to Albany's magnet schools is done through two random lotteries -- one for prekindergarten, and one for grades kindergarten through 5/6.

 

Student selection in the lottery is random, but certain factors take priority when determining where children will be placed:

  • Neighborhood Preference -- 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.

  • Sibling Preference -- Siblings of students currently enrolled in any of the three magnet schools are given admission preference within the lottery system.

  • Special Education -- 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.

For the 2015-16 school year, applications will be available Jan. 20 and the lottery will be held March 3. For more information, call the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at 475-6070.

 

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