Time is running out to apply for your chance at a seat in Indianapolis Public Schools’ most popular programs! The Magnet/Choice lottery application window is only open until December 11, so get your apps submitted now!


With more than 25 programs in 19 schools across the district, the IPS magnets offer attractive options for many families. Our programs include Montessori, Reggio Emilia, International Baccalaureate, Spanish Immersion, Career Technology, Action-Based Learning, Visual and Performing Arts, STEM and more!


We started off the Magnet/Choice application window with a bang at the Showcase of Schools on November 21; 472 applications were submitted as hundreds of families visited Circle Centre Mall to learn about the unique offerings of IPS! As of early December, more than 1600 applications have been submitted for our popular magnet schools.

Our Magnet/Choice programs are 8500 students strong, and we look forward to welcoming new students for the 2016-2017 school year. As we continue efforts to improve customer service and transparency regarding our internal practices, the district recently enacted a new IPS Choice lottery logic. The following items will be considered when adding lottery “weights” to a student’s application:

  • Sibling preference,
  • Proximity,
  • Loyal applicant status (beginning in SY 2017-2018) for students who continue to reapply for a program after receiving waitlist placement,
  • Geography (applicable only for programs offered in multiple locations), and
  • IPS employee status.

To ensure all students have equitable access to exceptional educational options, district administrators will complete an annual report on Magnet/Choice program demographic data with the opportunity to address any disparities that may be identified within the lottery process.

We’re committed to making this process as user-friendly as possible for our families, and we’re thrilled to present a new online service to families submitting applications. Automated communications will keep you informed with notifications of successful application submission, seat offering and waitlist placement. Don’t forget, if your family is new to IPS you must complete our general enrollment process as well. You can find the Magnet/Choice application here and the district enrollment form here. If you have questions about our academic programs, the Choice application, or general enrollment, please call our Service Center at 317.226.4000 or send us an email at chooseIPS@myips.org.