FAQ

The Online Application Process
Q. Will I be able to apply for more than one magnet program?

You may choose to apply to ANY or all five elementary schools. If selected in the lottery for one school and you accept, you will be removed from the other lottery's wait list. High School applicants can apply to Bridgeport Military Academy and / or all three Interdistrict Magnet Schools.

Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process?

Typically, the process should take from 10-20 minutes, depending on the program you are applying for.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer?

Please contact the school or the Office of Student Support Services at (203) 275-1292 or the Parent Center at (203) 275-1751 for assistance.

Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful?

Once the application is completed online, you will receive a generated message based on the email address you provided when you created an account.

Q. Should I allow anyone else to use my account?

It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child. You must also agree not to share your login information or password with anyone except a parent or legal guardian.

Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account?

No. You must call the Office of Student Support Services at (203) 275-1292 for an administrator to assist you.

Q. After I have completed the online application, is there another step to complete the process?

Yes. Bridgeport resident students not currently attending a Bridgeport Public School must submit a copy of the most recent report card if applying for Multicultural, High Horizons or Park City Magnet Schools for Grades 1-8.

Selection Process
Q. Are students selected based on a first-come, first serve process?

All eligible applications submitted by the application deadline will be entered into the lottery. Available spaces are filled by lottery. 

Q. How is the lottery conducted?

The lottery is conducted electronically with a random selection process.

Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program?

Parents will receive notification by email if their child has been selected in the initial lottery no later than February, 2016 for high schools and April, 2016 for elementary schools.

Q. What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process?

Each applicant will be issued a wait list number. Once vacancies become available, students in the waiting pool will be offered seats using the selection process. The waiting list is valid for the entire 2015-16 school year.  If the student does not receive a placement during that time, he/she must reapply the following year in order to be considered.

What are Magnet Programs?

Magnet schools create exciting learning experiences that promote student achievement. They are schools with programs that have a special focus, ranging from science and literature to performing arts and innovative technology. They attract students based on their learning needs, skills and special interests.