How Do I Enroll My Child?

Q. How Do I Enroll My Child in CMS?


Columbus Magnet School is an alternative public elementary school that offers a voluntary integration program. It is open to all students in grades K-5 residing in Norwalk. Columbus operates on a Bank Street model program utilizing a Social Studies integrated curriculum. The program emphasizes self discovery and addresses the intellectual, social and emotional needs of the child.

Columbus is designated a H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) School by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. As a H.O.T. School, Columbus integrates art and music into the curriculum while also stressing the need for a democratic school setting and increased student achievement.

How to Apply

The lottery application period for the April 24, 2014 Lottery Drawing is January 13 - March 28, 2014.Applications for students entering grades K-5 will be available from the Columbus Magnet School Main Office or may be downloaded by clicking here

Lottery applications will be accepted only during the Lottery application period, January 13 - March 28, 2014.  All prospective students (including siblings of current students) must submit an application.  Only applications submitted during the “application period” will be included in the Lottery Drawing. 

Informational Open Houses will be held in January 2014 (TBA) in the CMS auditorium and will provide prospective parents with an overview of school curriculum, philosophy, activities, and the lottery process.   

Guided tours are offered to prospective parents during the Lottery application period to showcase the wonderful learning opportunities taking place at the school. Tours will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00am throughout the months of February and March (Dates TBA). Tours last approximately one hour and reservations are required.

Please contact Terry Lakin, CMS Parent Coordinator at (203) 899-2840, ext. 118 or by email at  if you would like to attend the Informational Open House at CMS and/or make a reservation for a tour.