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.
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.
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.
If you need assistance registering in a language other than English, please contact our Office of ENL and Refugee Services at (518) 475-6147.
If you are registering a student with a disability who has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan be sure to indicate this information so necessary records can be requested.
For additional information or assistance, please contact our Special Education Department at (518) 475-6150.
For more information on how the annual lottery works, you can visit our lotteries page.