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Magnet Program

Cheryl Relford, Executive Director, Elementary Schools

Angie Goff, Secretary
(614) 797-5934 / Fax:  (614) 797-5901

The Westerville City School District Magnet Program is an elective option offering students in grades 1-5 with a voluntary opportunity to explore education through a focused lens:

  • STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics)
  • World Cultures & Fine Arts Using Inquiry-Based Learning

These programs are located in two of our elementary schools, Hanby and Emerson. Both our magnet schools emphasize a cooperative learning environment in a small school setting.  Each offers two classrooms per grade level in grades 1-5, and they utilize an inquiry-based approach to learning through their focused lens.

Similar to our other elementary schools, children in our magnet schools will learn critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, social emotional wellness, and adaptability skills, all of which support our district’s Portrait of a Graduate.  Both magnet schools also adhere to the same curriculum for all major subject areas as our other elementary schools.

Hanby Magnet School hosts the STEAM focus.  
For more information specific to this school, please contact Principal Caley Baker at (614)797-7100 or Visit their school website by clicking here.

Emerson Magnet School hosts the World Cultures and Fine Arts focus using Inquiry-Based Learning.  For more information specific to this school, please contact Principal Chris Poynter at (614)797-7080 or Visit their school website by clicking here.

Instructional hours for both magnet schools are M-F 8:00 AM - 2:25 PM  (note: these times differ from our traditional elementary schools which are from 9:15AM- 3:40PM)

Transportation is provided to/from magnet schools unless the student lives within walking distance of the attending school.

Our Magnet Schools are open to any WCS student, but seats are limited!

Magnet Lottery Form

Parents who would like their child to attend a magnet school, must apply to one of the two programs though our magnet lottery application form:

Magnet Program Application for 2024-2025 is now closed! 

Note: students not already enrolled in WCS must complete our enrollment process before a magnet application form can be accepted.

Questions specific to our lottery process need to be directed to the district’s enrollment office. 

Anne Smith (614)797-7700 

Magnet Program Timeline for the 2024-2025 school year

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 Magnet Open House:
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024: Magnet Application Form CLOSES at 4PM

If permitted by the State, the Magnet Lottery date will be moved into May.

  • Monday June 10, 2024:  Magnet Lottery is held
  • Week of June 10th: Notification letters will be sent 

During the lottery process, application forms are pulled to determine the student’s draw number. This continues until all applications are drawn. The draw number is used to fill open seats at the magnet school.  See our magnet guidelines for more specific information.

Students whose draw number secures a seat at the magnet school will be automatically transferred from their assigned homeschool to that magnet school for the 2024-2025 school year.  If, at this time, a parent no longer wants their child to attend the magnet school, they must contact the school.  The student can be transferred back to their assigned home school, but will be subject to any overflow-out situations during this process.

Students whose draw number does not secure them a seat will remain at their assigned home school and placed on a waiting list.  Parents will be contacted in the order of the student’s draw number if a seat becomes available.


Emerson Programing

Hanby Programing