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Albany, NY 12207
Applications available through January
for 2018-19 magnet school lottery
The lottery to determine 2018-19 enrollment in the City School District of Albany three
magnet schools and one magnet program is March 14.
The deadline to
apply for the lottery was Jan. 31.
magnet schools are Albany School of Humanities
(ASH), Montessori Magnet School and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science
and Technology (ASH). The district also offers a themed bilingual
education program at Delaware Community School, the Dual Language
All are enrolled by a lottery and open to children
throughout the city.
Download a lottery application here. The magnet application deadline
was Jan. 31; the
lottery will be held March 14.
Scroll down to learn more.
This information on this page is also available in the following
So what's a magnet school or program?
school or program focuses instruction on a particular
theme and incorporates that theme across all subject areas.
Albany's three magnet
elementary schools and one magnet program give families a
choice in public education. Students have a unique opportunity to deeply explore enriched,
theme-based programs in specific areas.
All are open to children citywide and enrolled by two random
lotteries: one for prekindergarteners and one for older students.
Families need to apply for both lotteries, which will be held March
Magnet lottery applications are available now and due no
later than Jan. 31. On Jan. 29, you will be able
to download a prekindergarten lottery application here. Prekindergarten
lottery applications will be due no later than March 2.
Our themed elementary choices
Click on the highlighted
name below to watch a Facebook video about each school or program. (You
don't need a Facebook account to watch the videos. A window may display
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Each school or program also will hold an open house in January for
families. Date and time for each open house is listed in the bullet
describing the school.
Albany School of Humanities
(ASH), serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
ASH strives to educate all students to be lifelong learners, capable
decision-makers and contributors to their local and global
community. ASH views education through a humanities lens, meaning
students learn through lessons in art, music, theater and visual
arts. This focus is incorporated daily into all subject areas.
serving prekindergarten through grade 5. This
unique program at Delaware Community School offers an elementary
education in English and Spanish. Each class covers a regular
elementary curriculum, but students study in both languages with
fully bilingual teachers. The week is divided equally between
lessons presented in Spanish and lessons presented in English. The
magnet lottery for the Dual Language Program is open to:
Children whose main language is
English: those who will enter kindergarten or grade 1 in
Children whose main language is
Spanish: those who will enter kindergarten through grade
5 in Sept. 2018.
Montessori Magnet School,
serving prekindergarten through grade 5.The
Montessori philosophy on education gives equal value to the teacher
and student. Our work focuses on the use of the five senses,
hands-on learning and developing within students the ability to
self-regulate while taking ownership of their own learning. The
triangle of true learning is evident between the child, the teacher
and the environment.
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
Serving prekindergarten through grade 6. At TOAST,
learning involves curiosity, observation, problem-solving, inquiry,
creativity and discovery, allowing students to build their own
understanding of the world and how its parts fit together. The school's
STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- theme is
reinforced with specialized instruction in the state-of-the art
computer lab, the dedicated science room and an outdoor pavilion and
geologic rock park.
to magnet programs
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. Both
lotteries require applications. Families are asked to select their top
four choices. The magnet lottery application are available now and are
due no later than Jan. 31,
and the prekindergarten lottery application will be available Jan. 29
and due no later than March 2.
Both lotteries will be held March 14 at 10 a.m. at TOAST.
The names of students with sibling preference (see below) are drawn
first in both lotteries. The names
of students with neighborhood preference (see below) are drawn second in
both lotteries. All other names are drawn for remaining seats. Families
can attend the lottery drawings to learn of their child’s placement and
also are notified by mail.
Click here to see a list of the number of spots expected to be
available in each grade at each school in 2017-18.
Student selection in the lottery is random, but
certain factors take priority when determining where children will be
A child with a brother or sister already in a
magnet school or program will have a better chance of getting into
that school or program. This is called "sibling preference."
Students with sibling preference are drawn first in the lottery.
Sibling preference works only if your first-choice program is
located at the elementary school your other child currently attends
AND will attend in 2018-19. Sibling preference will not apply if your child currently in the magnet school or program moves up to
middle school in 2018-19.
A child who lives within a half-mile of a magnet school or program
will have a better chance of getting into that magnet school or
program. This is called "neighborhood preference." Students with
neighborhood preference are drawn second in the magnet lottery.
Neighborhood preference works only if your first-choice magnet
school or program is located within a half-mile from your home.
Number of applicants versus number of
seats -- Some programs are in
greater demand than others, meaning more families apply to those
programs. Also, these limited seats often fill quickly with students
who have sibling or neighborhood preference (see above). This can
affect your child's chance of being assigned to your first-choice
Sibling linking --
You can choose how you
want the district to process a lottery application for two or more
siblings (twins, triplets or children of different ages). You have
Link your children's applications
and have them move through the lottery process together; your
children with linked applications will be assigned to a
particular school or program only if they all receive spots. If
a school or program does not have enough room for all of your
children, then none of them will be assigned there.
Do not link your
children's applications together. Your children's
applications will move through the lottery process separately,
which could result in them being assigned to different schools
or programs If you opt not NOT link your children's
applications, you can accept a spot in the school or program one
of your children gets into, and your other child's or children's
application(s) will have sibling preference in the waiting pool
or waiting list for the next available seat.
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 or
waiting list, depending on the program.
Please follow this link
for more information about next steps for families
following the initial lotteries.
You also can call the Magnet School Office at
(518) 475-6551 or Central Registration at (518) 475-6125 if you have questions or
would like additional information.