• The Magnet Academy application window for the 2023-24 school year is planned to open on October 4th and will remain open through October 31st. 


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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 will submit completed Magnet Academy applications online. Eighth graders can apply for admission to one of the five Magnet Academy programs: 
    • BEACON Magnet Academy of Media and Digital Arts at South Elgin High School
    • International Baccalaureate Academy/Gifted and Talented Academy at Elgin High School
    • Science, Engineering, and High Technology Magnet Academy at Bartlett High School
    • Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Academy at Larkin High School
    • Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Action, and Design (LEAD) Magnet Academy at Streamwood High School 

    General questions about the Magnet Academies can be sent to magnetacademies@u-46.org.


  • Want a head start on your Magnet Academy application?

    Start your letters of recommendation early!

    Use this link to find the letter of recommendation templates.

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  • Important Dates:

    October 4- Magnet Academy Application Window Opens

    October 4 - EXPLORE 2022 Parent Showcase

    October 5 - EXPLORE for 8th-Graders

    The month of October - Magnet Academy Open Houses

    October 31 - Magnet Academy Application Window Closes

    November 8 - Lottery Runs, Families are Notified through Email

    November 9- December 1 - Acceptances Due 7 Days after Receiving Offer


  • If you have questions, you can submit them here: Let’s Talk!