Applying to Saint Paul Public Schools
Online and paper applications for the 2018-19 school year will be accepted beginning on Jan. 8, 2018.
Apply Online at http://apply.spps.org
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.
Please note: Applications are required for currently enrolled students entering grades 6 or 9 who do not live within City of St. Paul boundaries.
Current students interested in selecting a different Community, Regional or District-wide program will need to submit an application for consideration. After the student is assigned, he/she may register for classes at the school.
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 Saint 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.
Priority will be given to students who live within the identified Area (A-F1/F2), but outside a school’s Community Zone.
Priority will be given to students applying to a school that is identified as a Regional Magnet school for their home address.
Priority will be given to Saint Paul residents applying to a school that is identified as a District Magnet.
Out of district
Students living outside the city of Saint 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 2017-18 school year who will continue at that school in 2018-19.
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 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.