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Magnet registration process

The deadline to apply for the 2022-23 lottery was March 18. You are still welcome to submit applications, but please note applications received now will be processed based off availability following the April 13 lottery.


Our magnet schools focus instruction on a particular theme and incorporate that theme across all subject areas. Magnet schools are open to children throughout the city via the process below.

Please note that magnet registration is a two part process. Please be sure to review all the information on this page before beginning your application.


Step 1: Apply for a seat

You can apply at any time, however, we encourage families to apply through the lottery held each year. Applications received outside the annual lottery window will be processed based on availability. Once you have completed an application, the district will send an official notification by mail and email to the addresses you provided. You will receive one of three letters: an acceptance letter, a waiting-list letter or a waiting-pool letter.

Prefer a hard copy? You can download a print application here.
Need to apply for the current school year? Please contact Kahla Rainstrom in our Lottery Office.


Step 2: Accept an awarded seat and register

If you are awarded a seat and recieve an acceptance notification, you must then register your child to officially accept the seat you have been offered. 

Magnet locations

The City School District of Albany offers four magnet elementary choices.  Visit their individual pages linked below for a more in-depth look at what each choice offers.


► Albany School of Humanities (ASH)


► Dual Language Program


► Montessori Magnet School


► Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST)

Additional information