1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
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, were held April
11. You can
download a magnet lottery application and information booklet here
prekindergarten lottery application and information booklet here.
Our themed elementary choices
Click on its highlighted
name below to learn more about each school or program.
Albany School of Humanities
(ASH). Serving prekindergarten through grade 6.
ASH learners explore global citizenship through the study of visual
arts, literature, music and theater arts. Students participate
in year-long activities that incorporate the humanities into daily
teaching and learning.
Montessori Magnet School
Serving prekindergarten through grade 5.
Montessori seeks to educate students in a way that incorporates all
five senses, creates a warm and inviting community and encourages
students to give their best efforts. The Montessori curriculum is
carefully structured to demonstrate connections among the different
core subjects of English, math, science and social studies.
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
Serving prekindergarten through grade 6. At TOAST,
learning strategies reflect and reinforce approaches that drive the
development of science and technology: curiosity, discovery,
observation, problem-solving, inquiry and creativity. The school's
STEM -- science, technology, engineering 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.
Serving prekindergarten through grade 5. This
unique program at Delaware Community School offers an elementary
education in English and Spanish. The program features one bilingual
class for each grade. Most students begin the program in
prekindergarten and continue through fifth grade. Therefore, few
spots are open for children after prekindergarten. However, the
district keeps a waiting pool on the chance that a seat becomes
available. Children enter the program
speaking at least one of the two languages, and they leave speaking,
reading and writing in both.
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.
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.
Both lotteries were held April 11 at 10 a.m. at TOAST.
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 2017-18. Sibling preference will not apply if if
your child currently in the magnet school or program moves up to
middle school in 2017-18.
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
Click here to see a chart
with the anticipated number of seats that will be available next
year in each grade for Albany School of Humanities (ASH), Montessori
Magnet School and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology
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.
Please follow this link
for more information about waiting pools and next steps for families
following the initial lotteries.
You also can call the Magnet School Office at
475-6551 or Central Registration at 475-6125 if you have questions or
would like additional information.