Magnet Information

  • George Watts Montessori is a magnet school within Durham Public Schools. We serve students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade. Students are admitted to our school through a lottery process. The lottery is open for Pre-K through fifth-grade students. All applicants must complete an online application.

    The application window for the 2023-2024 school year, will be January 9-February 3. Applications must be submitted online. A link will be available on our school website and the DPS website on January 9, 2023. 

    Students must be four years old by August 31st to enter pre-k or five years old to enter kindergarten. 

    Please visit Watts through a virtual tour. TOUR. We will hold in-person tours. If you are not available to attend in-person tours, we will have virtual question-and-answer sessions via Zoom, beginning in November. Please register for a tour (or Zoom session) here. Registration is required.                                                                               

    If you would like additional information after watching the virtual tour, please contact our Montessori Coordinator, Melissa Blalock, at (919) 560-3947 extension 47223 or


    Lottery Preferences

    Sibling Attending Preference, Priority Zone, General Applicant Pool,  Link Preference from Applicants for Lakewood Montessori


    There is a pre-k fee for both Watts and Morehead Montessori Schools. The fee is based on a sliding scale. Please visit for more information about the pre-k fee.