Magnet programs & CTE pathways
  • The Late Application window for the 2023-24 Magnet/CTE Pathway Application will open on May 1, 2023.  Late assignments will be made until June 30 for year-round calendar schools and July 31 for traditional calendar schools and CTE Pathways.

    Schools/Programs with exhausted waitlists will be available to families who did not have the opportunity to apply during the original application window.

    To apply for a late application assignment, please contact the Office of Student Assignment at (919) 560-2059 beginning May 1. Please note that seats are assigned on a “first call, first offered” basis and the availability of grade level requested.

    Late Application Elementary Schools

    Ignite! Online Academy

    Sandy Ridge

    W.G. Pearson

    Late Application Middle Schools


    Lowe’s Grove


    School for Creative Studies

    Ignite Online Academy

    Late Application High Schools

    School for Creative Studies

    Ignite Online Academy

    Hillside High IB Program

    Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

    Durham School of Technology

    Career & Technical Education Programs

    Northern Hospitality & Tourism

    Northern JROTC

    Northern Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources

    Northern Fire Academy/Public Safety

    Riverside JROTC Air Force

    Jordan Agri Science

    Hillside Business & Finance

    Hillside JROTC Army

    Southern Skilled Trades

    Would you like to explore this information in our Application Schools App? Follow this QR code or link: 

    Do you know what elementary schools you have access to starting in 2024-25 based on your address? Check out new boundaries and magnet options here:

  • Application Programs at Durham Public Schools (información en español)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I attend a DPS school or program that requires an application?

    • All DPS application programs are only available to students whose legal domicile is Durham County (with the exception of Middle College High School at DTCC which is also open to residents of Orange County). Some programs also have a geographic area that students must reside in to attend that school. 
    • All DPS application programs are accessible through the DPS lottery process that opens in January of each year for the following school year. Detailed lottery information here. Application is available here:
    • In addition to lottery entrance, Cooperative Innovative High School Early College programs (JDC Early College and MIddle College at DTCC), have academic entrance criteria. 


    What are magnet schools? GO →    

    What is the history of magnet schools in Durham, NC? GO →    

    How do I know if a magnet school is right for my family? GO →    

    What magnet themes are available in Durham Public Schools? 


    What are year-round schools? GO  →  

    How do I know if a year-round school is right for my family? GO →  

    What is a CTE pathway? GO →  

    How do I know if a CTE pathway is right for my family? GO →  

    What is Ignite Online Academy? GO

    Do you have thoughts or feedback about application schools in DPS? GO