Once seats are assigned through the magnet elementary lottery, the City
School District of Albany mails families one of three letters: an
acceptance letter, a waiting-list letter or a waiting-pool letter.
If you receive an acceptance letter
If your child is selected in the lottery, you will receive an acceptance
letter. You must register your child by the deadline indicated
in the letter (click here for more
information about documents you need to register your child). If you
do not register your child, his or her spot will be given to another
child. Our Central Registration Office is located at 75 Watervliet Ave.
If you receive a waiting-pool or
If you applied for but were
not assigned a spot at Albany School of Humanities (ASH), Montessori
Magnet School or Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology
(TOAST), you will receive a waiting-pool letter. That
means your child’s name will be placed in a waiting pool and be eligible
for monthly drawings through December based on available seats. This
process allows families to enroll in another district school and still
have a chance of getting a spot in a magnet school.
The waiting pool is
“weighted,” meaning that students with a sibling and/or neighborhood
preference will have priority over other students. All other students
will be weighted equally regardless of when they apply throughout the
year. Again, a monthly lottery will select students from the waiting
pool every month through December.
If you applied for but
were not assigned a spot in the Dual Language Program, you will receive
a waiting-list letter. That means your child’s name
will be put on a waiting list that is created after the lottery.
Families will receive a waiting-list number and be offered the
opportunity to choose another school that has available seats. Also,
applications received after the Jan. 31 deadline will be placed at the
end of the waiting list in the order they are received. There will not
be sibling or neighborhood preference consideration for Dual Language
applications received after the Jan. 31 deadline.
If your child is new or
returning to the district,
please visit our Student Registration section to see the documents
needed for registration.