• Magnet Academy application window will be open from October 1, 2020 through November 6, 2020!

Magnet Academy Graduates
  • Unique to Chicagoland's Fox Valley, the School District U-46 Magnet Academy programs are designed to take high school students to new levels of creative, interdisciplinary learning and give them a head start on higher education. With a program housed in each district high school, magnet academy students tackle an intense curriculum in dedicated facilities with the latest learning materials and state-of-the-art equipment that complements each program's focus.
    Students are admitted through an application and review process. Eighth graders can submit completed Magnet Academy applications online starting October 1, 2020. Applications are due on or before 11:59 p.m. on November 6, 2020. Eighth graders can apply for admission to one of the five Magnet Academy programs: 
    • BEACON Academy of Media and Digital Arts at South Elgin High School
    • Gifted and Talented Academy at Elgin High School
    • Science, Engineering and High Technology Academy  at Bartlett High School
    • Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Larkin High School
    • World Languages and International Studies Academy at Streamwood High School 


    For more information on the application process or to fill out the online application, look under "News and Information" on this page. General questions about the Magnet Academies can be sent to magnetacademies@u-46.org.

  • The U-46 Board of Education received an update on the admission and selection process for the Magnet Academies on Sept. 14, 2020. Click here to see the presentation, or view the meeting on the U-46 YouTube channel starting at about 1:47. 

    Slide from Magnet Academy update to the Board of Education in September 2020

News and Information