Magnet Schools

las vegas magnet schools

What are Magnet Schools programs?

Magnet schools are part of the Clark County School District public school system. Unlike the public schools where students are zoned by address, magnet schools require students to apply or enter a lottery for admission.

The application deadline for all 2024-2025 school year applicants is  January 9, 2024 at 3pm.

Magnet Schools offer specialized learning themes for students who have unique interests. They utilize student interests to diversify their curriculum. Magnet Schools create awareness of various career pathways and identify, develop, and nurture students’ talents.

Who can apply for a magnet school?

Students going into Kindergarten through 10th grade for the 2024-2025 school year.

To apply for kindergarten, your student(s) must be 5 years of age on or before the first day of the school year.

LVA, DSA, and some International Baccalaureate (IB) programs also accept applications for 11th grade.


Elementary and Middle School
Entry to an elementary or middle school magnet program is interest-based. It is important to encourage parents to research schools carefully and attend one or more community events in order to receive the best information about each program offering.

Las Vegas Magnet High Schools
Entry is criteria and interest-based. Starting in the 2019-2020 application season, admissions criteria was eliminated for the majority of high school magnet programs with the exception of highly rigorous programs in the realm of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and audition-based performing and visual arts programs. Students applying to a STEM-based program will be required to meet eligibility requirements in order to be considered in the lottery. Students applying to a performing or visual arts program will be required to audition and meet eligibility requirements to be considered in the lottery.

Selection for Magnet Schools in Clark County School District are lottery based for most elementary and middle schools, but many high schools have auditions and criteria that must be met before submitting an application. 

Find the selection criteria for Magnet Schools here. 

New Magnet Middle Schools for 2024 – 2025 School Year

Lyal Burkholder Middle School and Carroll M. Johnston Middle School in Las Vegas are set to transform into magnet schools, thanks to a substantial $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. These two schools will join the impressive roster of 42 magnet schools in CCSD, with the aim of providing students with more options and an enhanced educational experience.

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