Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply to the CMS Lottery?
Lottery applications are accepted during the Lottery Application Period, January 9 through March 13, 2020.

How do I get a Lottery Application?
Lottery Applications are only made available during one of our scheduled Evening Information Meetings or Daytime Guided Tours. It is mandatory that parents/guardians attend in order to determine if Columbus Magnet School is the "right" choice for your child. If you attended an evening session or tour last year, please call the Columbus School Office at (203) 899-2840 to request an application. Applications may not be reproduced.

How do I know if my child is eligible to attend Columbus Magnet School?
All children who are of school age, 5 years of age by January 1, 2016, and reside in Norwalk are eligible to apply to Columbus Magnet School. Proof of Residency is required. Information on the lottery application will be checked for accuracy. False information will disqualify the applicant.

Is there Priority Status?
Priority Status is granted to siblings of current Columbus students. Both the current Columbus student and the incoming sibling must both attend Columbus in the upcoming school year in order to qualify for priority status.

How do I arrange a visit to Columbus Magnet School?
You may either attend one of our evening information sessions or one of our daytime guided tours. Dates and times are listed below. Reservations are required for our daytime guided tours as space is limited.

Evening Information Meetings:
Thursday, January 23, 6:00 pm
   Thursday, February 20, 6:00 pm

Daytime Guided Tours:
   Tuesday, January 14, 9:30 am
   Tuesday, January 21, 9:30 am
   Tuesday, January 28, 9:30 am
   Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 am
   Tuesday, March 3, 10:00 am
   Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 am - SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

To make a tour reservation, please email Terry Lakin, Communications and Admissions Coordinator, Columbus Magnet School, at

What happens once I submit my application?
Once your application is received and information is verified, your application will be assigned a lottery number. You will receive a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application, informing you of your child’s Lottery Number, and giving you the date and time of the Lottery Drawing.

What happens if I submit my application after the deadline?
If your application is received after the Application Deadline of March 13, 2020, it will be held until after the Lottery drawing and the applicant will be placed on the appropriate grade Waiting List.

How does the Lottery work?

Kindergarten: After the application deadline, Kindergarten applicants are sorted by their home school districts. Once it is determined how many seats we need to reserve for our incoming Kindergarten siblings, we equally distribute the remaining available seats among the home school districts. If there are more applicants than seats available in a home school district, we will continue drawing to form a waiting list for that district.

Grades 1-8: Applicants applying for Grades 1-8 will be pooled together by grade and drawn to form waiting lists for each grade level. Once vacancies for the coming school year are determined, we will fill those vacancies from our waiting lists.

How do I find out Lottery results?
The Lottery Drawing is open to the public and you are invited to attend. If your child is selected in the Lottery, you will receive a congratulatory phone call from our school office on the day after the drawing (Friday). Our school office must be notified of your decision by the following Monday.

Applicants placed on our Waiting List will receive written notification of their placement.