Lottery and Registration

Lottery and Registration

All OCPS magnet applications are coordinated through the OCPS School Choice Office. For detailed information about the magnet application process please visit

The initial magnet application window is November 1 to February 15. A computerized lottery will occur near the end of February. School choice will notify applicants of their status and Howard will then send a welcome email with details on how to complete registration and secure the seat. The seat offer from school choice does not secure your seat. All registration documents and forms must be submitted to secure your seat.

An additional lottery will be held at the beginning of April for any remaining spaces from the eligible applications received during the November 1 to February 15 application period.

Eligible students who are not offered a seat in the first or second lottery will be emailed their waitlist number by School Choice. If magnet program seats become available, students will be notified and invited to complete the registration process at Howard.

Transportation is not provided to OCPS middle school magnets. 

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