St. Louis Magnet Schools

No more applications will be accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please check back October 1st for the 2016-2017 school year brochure and application.

More than 20 exciting schools from which to choose and all are FREE.

At the St. Louis Magnet Schools, your child will be challenged to learn, grow and discover new opportunities.  Whether exploring complex scientific formulas or mastering a foreign language, your child will enjoy a one-of-a-kind learning environment.  Choose the school that is right for your child.

Experience the excitement of the St. Louis Magnet Schools in person.  Individual tours may also be arranged by calling each school directly.

For more information call, 314.721.8422, ext. 3012

Eligibility Requirements:
Any student who lives in St. Louis City and non-African American students who live in participating school districts in St. Louis County are eligible to attend St. Louis Magnet Schools.  Families living in the Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, University City school districts are not eligible to participate.  Kindergarten students entering school for the first time must be age 5 before August 1st of the school year to which they are applying.  St. Louis County students are not eligible for magnet preschool programs.

Applying for grade 2-12? Please include a copy of your child's 2014-2015 final report card.

Early Childhood Education

Nationally acclaimed all-day programs at our Early Childhood Centers nurture the inquisitive nature of young children and provide a strong background for future academic success.

County students in kindergarten through fifth grade are offered a process-oriented approach to learning, based upon the Project Construct curricula.

Stix Early Childhood Center (K-2)
647 Tower Grove Ave., 63110 (314) 533-0874

Wilkinson Early Childhood Center (K-2)
1921 Prather Ave., 63139 (314) 645-1202

Humboldt Academy (3-5)
2516 S 9th St., 63104 (314) 932.5720

General Academics

Your child will flourish in our general academic programs where unique teaching methods address children's individual learning styles.

Lyon-Blow Academy of Basic Instruction (K-8)
516 Loughborough Ave., 63111 (314) 353-1349

Washington Montessori (K-5)
1130 N. Euclid Ave., 63113 (314) 361-0432

Busch Middle School of Character & Athletics (6-8)
5910 Clifton Ave., 63109 (314) 352-1043

Metro Academic and Classical High School (9-12) click for High School Criteria
4015 McPherson Ave., 63108 (314) 534-3894   

Gifted Education

Gifted children thrive in an environment that stimulates creative and analytical thinking -- and that is what you'll find at the Kennard ad McKinley Classical Junior Academies.  The only full-time gifted public schools in the metropolitan area, they encourage children to investigate, experiment and work independently.  

Students are required to meet state-approved entrance criteria to qualify for any gifted program in the district.  However, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee space availability.  

Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction (K-3)
6020 Pernod Ave., 63139 (314) 352-9212

Kennard Classical Junior Academy (K-5)
5031 Potomac St., 63139 (314) 353-8875  

McKinley Classical Junior Academy (6-8)
2156 Russell Blvd., 63104 (314) 773-0027

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy (9-12) click for High School Criteria
2156 Russell Blvd., 63104 (314) 773-0027

International Studies

Cultural awareness and ethnic histories are celebrated at our international studies schools where students and staff represent over 30 countries and students are exposed to a challenging global curriculum complemented by a comprehensive academic program including daily language instruction, including French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.

Dewey International Studies (K-5)
6746 Clayton Ave., 63139 (314) 645-4845

Soldan International Studies (9-12) click for High School Criteria
918 N. Union Blvd., 63108 (314) 367-9222 


A whole new world of discoveries, technological advancements and vast scientific knowledge await your child at the math-science and technology magnet schools.  Collaborations with respected local scientific institutions such as the Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Science Center assure cutting edge curriculum.

Gateway Elementary School (K-5)
#4 Gateway Dr., 63106 (314) 241-8255

Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center (K-5)
4221 Shaw Ave., 63110 (314) 772-0994

Compton-Drew Investigative Learning Center Middle (6-8)
5130 Oakland Ave., 63110 (314) 652-9282

Gateway Math & Science Prep (6-8)
1200 N. Jefferson Ave., 63106 (314) 241-2295

Gateway S.T.E.M. (9-12) click for High School Criteria
5101 McRee Ave., 63110 (314) 776-3300 


Character development, service and leadership training are qualities that best describe our military academies.  Cadets learn the value of self-discipline and responsibility.

Student standards must be met to remain in these programs.  Students must also meet weight and uniform-fit requirements for entry.  Uniforms for Cleveland NJROTC cadets are provided by the U.S. Navy.  The school sets the maximum physical and uniform sized based on naval standards.

Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC Academy (9-12) click for High School Criteria
4939 Kemper., 63139 (314) 776-1301 

Air Force Junior ROTC (9-12) an elective at:

    Gateway S.T.E.M.
    5101 McRee Ave., 63110 (314) 776-3300 

    International Studies/Soldan
    918 N. Union Blvd., 63108 (314) 367-9222 

Visual and Performing Arts

Students can explore their creativity while developing talents in the visual arts, theatre, dance and vocal or instrumental music at any of the four visual and performing arts magnet schools. 

Artistic and school standards must be met for entrance and continued enrollment in these schools.

Shaw Visual and Performing Arts Center (K-5)
5329 Columbia Ave., 63139 (314) 776-5091 

Ames Visual and Performing Arts Center (K-5)
2900 Hadley St., 63107 (314) 241-7165

Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School (6-8)
1004 N. Jefferson Ave., 63106 (314) 231-0413

Central @ Southwest Visual and Performing Arts High School (9-12) click for High School Criteria
3125 S. Kingshighway., 63139 (314) 771-2772 


Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience High School is designed for a community of learners that will embrace very high academic standards.  In addition to offering advanced curricula, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience will create an environment in which all of its students and staff will work together toward a common goal of careers in medicine and medical research.

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience (9-10) 
1547 S. Theresa Ave., 63104 (314) 696-2290

For more information about applying to any of the above schools, call

(314) 721-8422 ext. 3012, if you live in the county.

(314) 633-5213, if you live in the city.

Frequently Asked Questions

Magnet School Handbook  for St. Louis County Residents

St. Louis Public Schools

The Board of Education of the City of St. Louis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status, creed, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability in employment programs or activities.  Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VII, Title IX, ADE A, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, The Missouri Human Rights Act, or ADA should be directed to the Human Resource Officer, 801 N. 11th Street, St. Louis,  MO 63101.


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