School choice, luck determine odds of magnet placement

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Winning a desk in a magnet school largely depends on which schools a child’s family chooses in the School Choice Lottery.

The most sought-after magnet school for students from Hartford was Capital Preparatory Magnet School. The families of 588 city students selected the elementary school, located in Hartford’s North End, as their first choice in the lottery, while 21 city students were offered enrollment — a 4 percent offer rate among applicants.

Other schools where city students’ chances are in the single digits include Breakthrough Magnet School, Montessori Magnet School (CREC), and University of Hartford Magnet School.

Of the nearly 6,000 city students who entered the magnet lottery, just under 3,000 students were offered a desk — a 47 percent offer rate among city students.

The most sought after magnet school for students that live in the suburbs was the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School, which is located in Rocky Hill. The families of 1,022 suburban students selected the school as their first choice in the lottery, while 40 students from the suburbs were offered enrollment — a 4 percent offer rate.

Other schools with high numbers of suburban applicants for few seats include Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School, International Magnet School for Global Citizenship, the preschool at Medical Professions and Teacher Prep Academy, and Reggio Magnet School of the Arts.

The likelihood of getting into a school largely depends on how selective the student’s first choice is. Students also may make a second, third, fourth and fifth choice. But students who choose a school as their first choice are given priority, and students who choose a school as an alternate are not considered unless there are still spaces available after all of the students who choose it as their first choice are offered spots.

The state does not independently publish information on the acceptance rate or on how many seats are available at a given school to help parents make choices in the school lottery.

What do you think?

  • IHE Reader

    This Willy Wonka golden-ticket approach to education is ridiculous. We need to fund public education properly so all neighborhood public schools are decent.