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Innovative learning for the 21st century

We have five elementary, one middle and two high school magnet opportunities. Magnet schools are free public schools organized around specialized themes designed to appeal to students' interests and aptitudes. Our magnet school learning environments are designed to successfully educate all students.
We are proud of the innovative learning environment we cultivate in District 196, and another way we engage our students is through our magnet program.
Magnet schools offer parents increased choice in their child’s education by providing a concentrated theme that offers innovative ways to meet students’ learning goals through a particular focus. While giving parents increased choice, our magnet schools still provide the district’s core curriculum in the areas of science, math, language arts and social studies.

To attend our elementary and middle school magnets, and the School of Environmental Studies, parents must fill out and application. A lottery is held for spots at the elementary and middle levels. Admittance into the School of Environmental Studies is based on the number of applicants. 

Tour or apply today!

Selecting a school for your child is an exciting process. We invite families to take a school tour of our magnet schools to find the right fit for their student. Please contact your school of choice to schedule a tour (please note due to COVID in person tours are on hold, please contact schools directly for more information).
Ready to apply? See our applications below.

The elementary and middle school magnet lottery application window for enrollment in 2021-2022 will open on November 4, 2020 and run through January 6, 2021 (elementary) and February 10, 2021 (middle school).  The Lottery will be run in Mid January 2021 for elementary schools and Mid February for middle school.

The School of Environmental Studies takes application on an ongoing basis. 

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