How to Apply to a Magnet School

  • The magnet application window for the 2018-2019 School Year was January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018.

    Late Instructions

    Parents can download late applications from the Forms section of our website or visit the School Choice Office.   Late Magnet Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, during designated windows.  Applications will not be sorted by any priority other than the date and time they were submitted after the on-time deadline.  Parents will be notified by telephone if and when a seat becomes available for their studnt.  Only 1 choice will be allowed.  Applicants new to the District or students returning from previous years enrollment will be required to submit 2 proofs of address with the late applications.

    Ontime Instructions

    If you want to apply for your student to attend a magnet school, please follow these instructions very carefully!

    You can only apply to a magnet school online using your Parent Portal Account. Paper applications can be found under the Forms link located at the left of the webpage beginning January 2, 2018. These applications can be used as a worksheet as you consider magnet programs for your child.  There is information that will help you complete each step of the process.  The deadline for the online application is February 28, 2018.  Personalized applications can be found on the FOCUS Portal using your regular parent sign-on for each child. To access the FOCUS portal, click HERE.

    Students new to the district who have never had a DCPS student number can use the link above to create a student number as long as the parent has an account.  If you do not have an account, you will need to create one first by clicking Here. If you are not sure if your student has ever been issued a DCPS student number, call the School Choice Office at 904-390-2082.  All new students must have proof of address verified by the School Choice Office before a magnet application can be processed.  

    Filling out the Online Application:

    When applying online, your name will be recognized (if you are a current Duval County Public Schools’ student), and you will be able to see which priorities affect your choices as you make them.  However, there is NO benefit to applying online before the deadline; all applications are entered into the lottery at the same time. 


    If you wish to download a paper application and are unable to download a personalized application from the parent portal, or if you are new to the public school system, you can download a blank form here on the Forms link located at the left of the webpage beginning January 2, 2018.

    Filling out the On-line Application form:

    [1]  Is the information about your student correct?

    If you are using the pre-printed form from the Parent Portal, review the information about your student.  If there is incorrect information, immediately notify the school that the student currently attends to have the information corrected.  The parent is responsible for ensuring that the information on the application is accurate.

    [2]  Do you have to make three choices?

    No, you may make one choice, two choices or three choices – it’s up to you.  In fact, we suggest that you only apply for the programs that you really want and have an interest in having your student attend.

    [3]  Do you have Program Continuity?

    You will be using the pre-printed form in the portal and your student is currently in a magnet program, your child may be eligible for Program Continuity to the next school level, this information will be provided in the box labeled “Program Continuity.”

    Remember, Program Continuity is not automatic.  You must apply by the deadline to be eligible, and it does not always guarantee admission.  We honor your Program Continuity priority for first, second and third school choices, but many programs fill up with first-choice applicants.

    [4]  Do you have Sibling Preference?

    If you believe your student is eligible for Sibling Preference to a magnet school that a brother or sister is already attending, this information may be provided at the bottom of the form in the box labeled “Sibling Preference.”  If the information does not populate in the form, you will need to enter it so that the sibling can be verified for sibling preference.  The address for each sibling must match the address located in Focus in order for a student to receive the sibling preference.  Parents need to make sure that the address of each child is accurate in Focus.  

    This is especially important for students entering kindergarten.  Remember, the sibling must be eligible to return next year to the school where you are applying.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer Sibling Preference to siblings applying together for the first time or to siblings living in different households.  Also, Sibling Preference does not guarantee acceptance.  In cases where twins or triplets applying together receive different schools in the lottery, we will try to place them in the same school where space is available.  

    [5]  Do you have to tour the school you are selecting?

    No, it’s not required, but it does give your student a priority in the magnet lottery.  You can only receive tour credit if you visit the school during an open house or tour and sign in properly on the Tour Log.  Plus, we have found over the years that parents who visit the school before they apply are much more satisfied than those who don’t.

    [6]  Who should submit the application?

    The parents or legal guardians are the only people authorized to submit the application.  We only accept applications through the parent portal.  If you are new to the district you will need to create the parent account first and then will be able to create a new student number.  Proof of address must be provided in order to complete the magnet application process.

    [7]  How do you submit the paper application?

    All applications will need to be completed online with the exception of the Pre-K Magnet programs at J. Allen Axson and John E. Ford Elementary schools.  These applications can only be done on paper and will be available in the Forms section of our web page.  You should mail or hand-deliver your application to the Magnet Programs Office.  The address is printed on the bottom of the application form.  We do not accept faxed applications.  Do NOT turn in your application to the school.

    [8]  How do you know that we received your application?

    There are two things you can do.  (1) You can log into your parent account and click the Save and Print button.  You should also receive an email receipt when you click the save button.  (2)You can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your name and your student's name and we will print a receipt and mail it to you.  We’ll send you a date-stamped copy by return mail.  If you don’t receive your copy within a week, it’s important to let us know.    We’re sorry but we cannot respond to phone requests to verify receipts.

    [9]  What happens if you miss the deadline?

    Only applications that are received or postmarked by the February 28, 2018 deadline will be processed in the magnet lottery.  We will gladly take your late application and file it according to the date it was received.  If there is space in the school you requested after the lottery or if space becomes available later in the summer, we will let you know.  When submitting a late application, you may make only one school choice.

    [10]  The New Student Registration Form must be filled out by current private school, Out-of-county school and new Duval County Public Schools’ system students.  This document is only required for the Pre-K applicants for John E. Ford and J. Allen Axson.  Parents who currenlty are not residing in Duval County who wish to submit an application will only be able to do so through the paper applications.  The parent must currently reside in Duval County and provide proof of residency in order to have an application go through the lottery.  This second page will be required for all students currently not residing in Duval County.  

    [11]  Students new to the District, including incoming Kindergartners, will be asked to provide proof of address.