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After the magnet lottery

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 waiting-list letter  

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.

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