St. Louis Magnet Schools

Magnet School Applications for gifted placement are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year!  

Apply on-line at

County Residence: 
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and have a sibling currently enrolled in one of the Magnet schools to apply for the 2019-2020 school year. 

25 exciting schools from which to choose and all are FREE.

Choosing a school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent makes.  Do you have a child who doesn't necessarily "fit the mold" at your current school?  Or are you looking for a change in direction as your child advances from one level to the next?  If so, there's an exciting educational alternative you need to know about!  It's the St. Louis Public Schools Magnet Program.

For almost three decades, St. Louis City and County families have experienced extraordinary educational opportunities at the Magnet Schools

25 specialty schools catering to a wide range of student talents and interests    
Diverse and challenging curriculum 
Free transportation for eligible students
Priceless partnerships with respected local and national institutions
Simple and fair application process

What is a Magnet School?
Students ordinarily go to the public school nearest them.  Magnet schools are public schools without school boundaries.  Each has something unique to offer that you won't find in traditional schools, whether it's a particular focus on technology, the arts, or a stimulating curriculum designed especially for gifted students.

Because of high demand in many schools and grade levels, admission is based on a lottery system.   

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

For more information call, 314.721.8422, ext. 3012

Eligibility Requirements to apply from St. Louis County:
Non-African American students who live in the county school districts of Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park or Webster Groves are eligible to attend St. Louis Magnet Schools.  Kindergarten students entering school for the first time must be age 5 before August 1st of the school year to which they are applying.  County applicants must have a sibling currently enrolled in a magnet school to be eligible to apply.

Families living in the Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Normandy, Riverview Gardens, University City school districts are not eligible to participate.  

St. Louis County students are not eligible for magnet preschool programs.  

Early Childhood Education

Young minds are inquisitive by nature.  Our Early Childhood Centers tap into that natural inquisitiveness using a process-oriented approach to learning known as Project Construct.  Your child will be engaged in all-day learning from kindergarten through fifth grade, providing a strong, solid foundation for his or her future academic success.

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

It's cool to be different.  Some children like traditional learning.  Others excel when a teacher identifies and supports their individual learning style.  Magnet schools are a great place for "break-the-mold" students.  Our general academic programs are recognized for inventive teaching methods.  We offer the largest tuition-free Montessori program in the metropolitan area.  How successful are our students?  Our Metro Academic & Classical High School is ranked #121 in U.S. News and World Report's list of "America's Best High Schools," the highest ranking of any school in the state of Missouri.

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

L'ouverture Academy of Entrepreneurship Studies Middle (6-8) 
3201 Hickory St., 63104 (314) 932-1464

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

Gifted Education

Spoke French at age 2, knows the answer to E = mc˛, voracious reader, chess master.  Sound familiar?  Gifted children thrive in an environment that challenges them to the nth degree.  SLPS Magnet Schools proudly offer the only FULL-time, tuition-free K-8 gifted education in the metropolitan area.  Their rigorous and challenging curricula are guaranteed to fulfill your gifted learner's needs.

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. If your child has already been tested for gifted placement, please have the school district forward a copy of those test results to: St. Louis Public Schools, Gifted Department Ms. Muhammad, 801 North 11th St, St. Louis,  MO 63101.  If your child as not been tested for gifted placement, please contact your home school district for testing.

Columbia Gifted Elementary (K-1) 
3120 St. Louis Ave, 63106 (314) 533-2750

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

Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction (K-5) 
6020 Pernod Ave., 63139 (314) 352-9212

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

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

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

International Studies

Bonjour! Guten Tag! International Studies Magnet Schools provide a wonderful and exciting "passport" to learning.  Our students and staff represent more than 30 countries.  Your child will learn multiple languages, traditions, customs and cultures in the classroom, in the hallways and beyond.

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

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


Digging in dirt, peering into a microscope, star-gazing and encouraging you to live green.  Your child will experience hands-on learning, while gaining exposure to everything from engineering to environmental science to computer technology and health fields at our schools that specialize in math, science, technology and pre-college learning.  Partnerships with the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, the University of Missouri- St. Louis and others further enrich your child's experience.

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 Gateway STEM Criteria
5101 McRee Ave., 63110 (314) 776-3300 


Shiny shoes, crisp uniforms, brass buttons.  Cadets not only dress the part, they walk and talk it.  Cleveland NJROTC Military Academy builds character, inspires service and creates strong leaders today for tomorrow.  Admittance and enrollment depend on students meeting the school's academic standards, and weight and uniform fit requirements.  Soldan International Studies and Gateway STEM high schools offer part-time Air Force ROTC programs.

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 Cleveland Criteria
4939 Kemper., 63139 (314) 776-1301 

Visual and Performing Arts

Their world is a stage, a canvas, bright lights and beautiful costumes.  Your child thrives on creating, performing and entertaining.  Our Visual & Performing Arts Magnet Schools provide the training, opportunities and space artistic children need to explore their creativity and develop their talents.  Thanks to our visiting professional artists and partnerships with STAGES, Muny Kids, the Saint Louis Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and more, your child will be exposed to a world he or she might otherwise only dream about. 

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 Central VPA Criteria
3125 S. Kingshighway., 63139 (314) 771-2772 


Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience 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) click for CSMB Criteria
450 Des Peres Ave., 63112 (314) 696-2290

Application Process

Students wishing to attend a Magnet School must submit an application, which can be done online at  

Applications not submitted online, can be mailed to or dropped off at:
Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corp.
7425 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 110
St. Louis,  MO 63105

You may apply for up to four gifted schools and/or two non-gifted schools.

After the Pool A Lottery is complete, a new application with different or additional choices for consideration in the Pool B Lottery will override any previous application submitted for a student that is on a wait list from the Pool A lottery.  Any application submitted for a different school than the site a student was accepted into will not be processed unless the seat offered has been declined.

Please do not submit a request for placement to a school you are not willing to have your child attend.  Any child accepted to a school will not be considered for placement to other choices or remain on the wait list for other choices requested.  This includes students accepted to a second choice request.  Any student accepted to a requested second choice will no longer be considered for placement, nor remain on the wait list for the first choice request.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for placement on a first come first-served basis in May 23, 2019.

Additional lottery information can be found here.

For more information, call
St. Louis County Residents: (314) 721-8422 ext. 3012
St. Louis City Residents: (314) 633-5200

Link to DESE for School Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates

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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