Apply to The Lottery

Columbus Magnet School

46 Concord St, Norwalk, CT 06854 Phone: (203) 899-2840


Columbus Magnet School's Information and Lottery Application period runs from January 14 through  March 21, 2019. The Lottery Drawing will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Columbus Magnet School. Lottery Applications are available at our Evening Information Meetings and Daytime Guided Tours.

Two Evening Information Meetings for parents are planned: Thursday, January 31 and Thursday, February 28 (Bilingual Meeting) at 6:00 pm in the Columbus Magnet School library.

Daytime Guided Tours will be conducted during the Lottery Information Period. Dates are listed below. Please note: Reservations are required.


How do I apply to Columbus Magnet School?

Admission to Columbus Magnet School is through a Lottery drawing. To be included in the annual Lottery, parents must submit applications for their children during the Lottery Information and Application Period. The deadline for submitting Lottery applications (including CMS siblings) is Thursday, March 21, 2019. The Lottery will be drawn on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6 pm at Columbus Magnet School.



  • Lottery Applications will only be distributed during our scheduled evening information meetings and daytime tours. (See dates below).
  • If you attended an information meeting or guided tour in the past, please call the school office at (203) 899-2840.
  • Applications may not be reproduced.
  • Applicants must be residents of Norwalk. (Proof of residency required.)
  • Kindergarten applicants must be born on or before January 1, 2015.
  • All applications require parent/guardian signatures.
  • Information in the application will be checked for accuracy. False information will disqualify the applicant.
  • To qualify as a sibling and receive priority status, both applicant and sibling must attend Columbus Magnet School in the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Applicants may only apply to one of Norwalk's magnet schools. Applying to more than one school will disqualify all applications submitted.
  • All applicants must be registered at their home school by the April 11 lottery drawing in order to be eligible for acceptance into Columbus Magnet School.
  • Only siblings of current Columbus students may register at Columbus.
  • Application confirmations and lottery numbers will be mailed to all applicants.
  • Applications received after the March 21, 2019 deadline will be held until after the lottery drawing and applicants will then be placed on the waiting list.

Evening Lottery Information Meetings:
Two Evening Information Meetings for parents are planned. Thursday, January 31 and Thursday, February 28, 2019 (Bilingual Meeting); both at 6:00 pm in the Columbus Magnet School Library.

Daytime Guided Tours are conducted during the Information and Lottery Application Period to showcase the wonderful learning opportunities taking place at Columbus Magnet School. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

Tour Dates & Times:
Tuesday, January 29, 10:00 am
Thursday, February 7, 10:00 am
Tuesday, February 12, 10:00 am
Thursday, February 21, 10:00 am
Thursday, March 7, 10:00 am
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 am
​(Tuesday, March 19 - snow make-up date if needed.)

Please contact Terry Lakin, CMS Parent Coordinator by email at or call the school office at (203) 899-2840  if you would like to attend one of the evening Information Meetings or make a daytime tour reservation.