• Your child belongs at a visual and performing arts magnet school if he/she LOVES TO EXPRESS HIM OR HERSELF!

    Their world is a stage, a canvas, bright lights and beautiful costumes. Your child thrives on creating, performing and entertaining. CVPA provides the perfect backdrop, opportunities, and space for artistic children to explore their creativity and develop their talents. Thanks to visiting professional artists and partnerships with STAGES, Muny Kids, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and more, your child will be exposed to a world he or she might otherwise only imagine.

    What is a Magnet School?

    Students ordinarily go to the public school nearest them. Magnet schools are public schools without school boundaries. Each has something unique to offer that you won't find in traditional schools, whether it's a particular focus on technology or the arts, or a stimulating curriculum designed especially for gifted students.

    St. Louis Magnet School programs welcome eligible students from St. Louis County to help increase diversity in the public school system. Because of high demand, admission is based on a lottery system.

    Who's Eligible?

    The following students are eligible to apply for a spot in a magnet school:

    • Any student living in the city of St. Louis.

    • Non-African-American students living in the Affton, Bayless, Brentwood, Clayton, Hancock Place, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville, Ritenour, Rockwood, Valley Park and Webster Groves school districts are eligible for Kindergarten through Grade 12.  County residents are not eligible for preschool.