School Placement Criteria

Admission Priorities

The following information outlines the way students are placed at schools based on the choices selected by their families on their school application. The rules below are based on layers of factors that prioritize keeping families together; encourage learning closer to home; and provide programs and services that help achieve more racial and socio-economic diversity in our schools. 

If the number of applications exceeds the number of spaces available, the following layers of priorities are used to determine school placement. Students with siblings who currently attend the requested school will receive priority within each of the following categories. Siblings need to attend the same school at the same time in order to receive sibling priority.

Community School Zone (CSZ): Priority will be given to students requesting entrance to a school that is identified as their Community School. See the map on page X to locate your Community School. (Only applicable for community schools.)

Reflecting St. Paul: This admission priority is based on residential addresses in high-need neighborhoods, which are defined by the proportion of residents eligible for free or reduced price lunch; proportion of residents with a home language other than English; and reading/math proficiency rates of students in those neighborhoods. Up to 20 percent of available seats in certain identified low-poverty schools will be set aside for students residing in these neighborhoods; the current list of schools is: Capitol Hill, Chelsea Heights, Expo, Groveland Park, Highland Park Elementary, Horace Mann, Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy, J.J. Hill Montessori, L’Etoile du Nord, Randolph Heights, and St. Anthony Park.   Please call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 for additional information. 

District: Priority will be given to St. Paul residents requesting entrance to a school that is identified as a District Magnet.

Area: Priority will be given to students who live within the identified Area (A-F), but outside a school’s Community Zone. (Only applicable for community schools.)

Regional: Priority will be given to students requesting entrance to a school that is identified as a Regional Magnet school option for their address. Enter your address in the School Finder to determine which regional magnets are available to families in your neighborhood.

To be eligible for Capitol Hill, students must qualify for gifted and talented services through a district assessment process that includes the Naglieri Non-verbal Ability Test. Visit the gifted services website for more information, Talent Development & Acceleration Services.




Middle and Senior High

Community Schools

Regional Magnets

District Magnets

1. Community School Zone

1.Community School Zone

1. Regional

1.  Reflecting St. Paul

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2. Area


2.Reflecting St. Paul

2. Reflecting St. Paul

2.  Specific Employee Consideration

2. Area

3. Regional


3.Specific Employee Consideration

3. Specific Employee Consideration

3.  District

3. Specific Employee Consideration

4. District


4. District

4.  Out of District

4. Regional

5. Out of District


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6.Out of District



6. Out of District

*NOTE:  All Pre-K programs give priority enrollment consideration based on income guidelines, home language and/or special education