Applying to Saint Paul Public Schools

  • Online and paper applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year.

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    Do I Need to Apply?

    Applications are typically not required for students who are:

    • Continuing at their current school to the next grade level.
    • Residents of St. Paul currently enrolled in Saint Paul Public Schools and who are entering grades 6 or 9 by following their school’s pathway.

    Applications are required for students who are:

    • Currently enrolled and entering grades 6 or 9 who do not live within the City of St. Paul boundaries.
    • Currently enrolled and interested in selecting a different Community, Regional or District-wide school.
    • Entering school for the first time in which a sibling is already attending.
      • Please note: “Sibling priority” allows families a greater opportunity for their children to attend school together. To receive sibling priority, a family must have a child currently enrolled in the requested school who will continue to be at that school in 2017-18. “Sibling priority” does not guarantee acceptance into a school.

    All Pre-K programs give priority enrollment consideration based on eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, home language and/or special education.

    If you have additional questions, contact the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.


    Explanation of Priorities

    Community School Zone: These zones apply to all elementary students. Priority is given to students who live within a school’s Community School Zone so that as many students as possible from that neighborhood are enrolled in the school. 

    Reflecting St. Paul: This admission priority is based on residential addresses in high-need neighborhoods, which are defined by the proportion of residents eligible for free or reduced-price lunch; proportion of residents with a home language other than English; and reading/math proficiency rates of students in those neighborhoods.

    Up to 25 percent of available seats in certain low-poverty schools will be set aside for students residing in these neighborhoods.

    The current list of low-poverty schools includes: Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented, Chelsea Heights Elementary, Expo Elementary, Groveland Park Elementary, Horace Mann School, Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy, J.J. Hill Montessori, L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion (Lower and Upper Campus), Nokomis Montessori (South Campus), Randolph Heights Elementary, and St. Anthony Park Elementary. For more information, please call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.

    Area: Priority will be given to students who live within the identified Area (A-F1/ F2), but outside a school’s Community Zone.

    Regional: Priority will be given to students applying to a school that is identified as a Regional Magnet school for their home address.

    District: Priority will be given to St. Paul residents applying to a school that is identified as a District Magnet.

    Out of district: Students living outside the city of St. Paul will be admitted to district schools, if space allows.

    Specific employee consideration: Priority will be given to children of identified Saint Paul Public Schools bargaining units. Families applying to Capitol Hill and pre-kindergarten programs do not qualify for this consideration.

    Siblings: Siblings of students who currently attend the requested school will receive priority within each of the priority categories, unless otherwise noted. To qualify for sibling priority, you must have had a child enrolled in the requested school during the 2016-17 school year who will continue at that school in 2017-18.


    Important Considerations Before Applying to a School

    • Confirm that bus transportation is available from your home or daycare to the schools you choose, if needed.
    • Review how magnet programs continue from elementary to middle to high schools.
    • Before- and after-school programs are available in all Areas and at some, but not all, schools. Choose schools that have the services you need.
    • If you apply to a school outside of your Area or Community School Zone, you will need to sign a transportation waiver acknowledging that bus transportation is not available and that you will transport your child to and from school.


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