Magnet Program


Magnet Schools are founded on the five pillars of diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. The single largest form of public school “choice,” magnet programs within New Rochelle are visionary, innovative, and open to all students regardless of zip code within the city limits.  Opportunities are designed to provide students with diverse experiences in learning. Diversity is a cornerstone to offering students a global educational experience. Currently, the schools providing a magnet approach to learning include Columbus Elementary School, Henry Barnard School, and Daniel Webster School. The lottery will be managed via an online system to make it easier for families to move into registration once they have accepted their seat.

How does the Lottery work?

  • Parents/Guardians will return to this page on or after February 24th to enter the lottery if they are choosing to seek an alternative to their home school.  Parents/Guardians will then complete an application for each child they would like entered into the lottery.
  • The lottery will take place on March 15th and parents/guardians will be notified of their placement(s). Parents/Guardians will then be given time to make their selection(s).
  • Once a selection has been made, parents/guardians will ‘accept’ their seat(s).
  • Parents/Guardians may then proceed to complete student(s) registration. 

For additional information regarding magnet programming, individuals may call the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (914) 576-4300, extension: 39136 or email

You may access the Office of Registration here.                                                                                                                                                                                      You may access Universal Pre-K here

No worries! It is not too late to enter the Universal Pre-K or Magnet Lottery. The Lottery is now open.

You may enter the UPK lottery by clicking here.

You may enter the Magnet lottery by clicking here.