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


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CMS K-8 Lottery Information

CMS K-8 (Columbus Magnet School) will be holding virtual information meetings for Norwalk parents interested in learning more about CMS’ progressive program and the lottery admission process. Five virtual information sessions are planned. Three sessions will be presented in English and two in Spanish. (Due to the pandemic, only virtual meetings will be held, there will not be any in-person sessions or guided tours.)


English Meetings:
Thursday, February 4, 7:00-8:00 pm (FULL)
Thursday, February 25, 7:00-8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-7:30 pm

Spanish Meetings:
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00-8:00 pm
Tuesday, March 2, 7:00-8:00 pm

Please Note: In order to receive a lottery application, parents/guardians are required to attend an information session. We feel it is only after learning about the CMS program can a parent/guardian make an informed decision about applying to CMS. If you attended an information meeting or guided tour last year, you do not need to attend another meeting. Please email Terry Lakin at to request an application.

If you applied to last year's lottery, you do not need to attend a meeting this year. Please email Terry Lakin at to confirm and receive an application.

Reservations are required for information sessions. To make a reservation for one of the English sessions, please email Terry Lakin, CMS Lottery Coordinator, at For Spanish sessions, please email Juliana Nunez-Smith, CMS Hispanic Parent Liaison, at In your email, please include your name and the meeting date you are requesting.

You will receive a meeting confirmation email. In addition your will receive an email containing  meeting details as well as program and lottery information packets. We request parents review this information and prepare questions before the meeting as our time is limited.

Due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, lottery applications and all correspondence will be electronic. Lottery applications will be emailed to all meeting participants following the meeting. The application, in google form format, may be submitted immediately upon completion.

Deadline for Lottery applications is Friday, March 12, 2021. The lottery will be drawn on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

For additional information, please call CMS K-8 203-899-2840, email Terry Lakin at or en Espanol Juliana Nunez-Smith at 


Lottery Applications will be distributed to parents only after attending one of our virtual information sessions. The applications will be emailed to all attendees.

Applications may not be reproduced.

Applicants must be residents of Norwalk. (Multiple proofs of residency are required with your registration.)

Kindergarten applicants must be born no later than December 31, 2016.

Parent/Guardian signatures are required on applications.

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 CMS K-8 in the 2021/22 school year.

Applicants may only apply to one of Norwalk's public magnet schools (CMS K-8, Silvermine Dual Language, or Tracey). Applying to more than one school will disqualify all applications.

All applicants must have completed online registration and uploaded appropriate documentation by March 22, 2021 in order to be eligible for acceptance into CMS K-8.

If registration is not complete at the time of acceptance, your placement will be forfeited.

Application confirmations and lottery numbers will be emailed to all applicants.

Applications received after the March 12 deadline will be held until after the lottery drawing and applicants will be placed on our waiting list.

Lottery results will be emailed to all applicants.