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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 a voluntary elementary option offering an instructional program to students in grades 1-5 who have a particular interest and desire to experience education through a focused curriculum.

The Magnet Program consists of two different curricular options with an inquiry-based approach to learning. While the Magnet program is open to any WCSD student, there are limited seats available. Students may apply for enrollment in one of the two programs through a lottery.

Both programs emphasize a cooperative learning environment in a small school setting and include instruction in all major subject areas similar to our other elementary schools.

These programs will utilize an inquiry-based approach where children will learn critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and adaptability skills, all of which support our Portrait of a Graduate. Each program offers two classes per grade, grades 1-5 (with the second 5th grade class at Emerson coming in 2024-2025). 

The Magnet Lottery Application for the 2023-24 School Year is now closed.

Click for Magnet Application


Hanby Elementary hosts the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) program.

  • For questions about Hanby's programs, please contact Principal Caley Baker at (614) 797-7100 or email her at 
  • Or, CLICK HERE to visit Hanby's webpage. 

Emerson Elementary hosts the World Cultures and Fine Arts (Grade 1-4) program.

  • For questions regarding Emerson 's programs, please contact Principal Chris Poynter at (614) 797-7080 or email him at
  • Or, CLICK HERE to visit Emerson's webpage. 

Instructional hours: For both Hanby and Emerson Elementary Schools
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

Magnet Program Timeline for 2023 Lottery

  • Friday, February 10 - Deadline to submit requests to remain at Hanby or Emerson for CURRENT Grades 1-4.
  • Monday, February 13 - Application available online at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 23 - Magnet Open House
    • Hanby, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
    • Emerson, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, March 13 - Application Deadline is 10:00 a.m. New students must have completed enrollment. 
  • On or Before Friday, March 17 - Magnet Lottery
  • On or Before Friday, March 24 - Lottery notification goes out to families
  • Monday, April 3 @ 4:00 p.m. - Deadline for families to respond to Magnet invitation.