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 by 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 2022-2023 school year, will be January 10-February 4. Applications must be submitted online. A link will be avialable on our school website and the DPS website on January 10th.

    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 not hold in person tours. We will conduct virtual Question & Answer sessions. You may register to attend a session through the virtual tour.                                                                                              

    If you would like additonal 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.