The 2020-2021 magnet school application window is Dec. 2, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020.
Waco ISD magnet schools enroll students based on online applications and a lottery system rather than through traditional school zones.
Hillcrest Professional Development School (PDS) (pre-K4 through fifth grade) develops leaders in academics and fine arts. Academic development is promoted through experiential learning and age-appropriate study trips, while creativity is nurtured through participation in performing arts. Through a partnership with the Baylor University School of Education, this campus continues to serve as the first Baylor PDS site in Waco – a collaboration that offers Baylor teacher candidates the opportunity to work alongside mentor teachers on campus. For more information, visit wacoisd.org/hillcrest or call (254) 772-4286.
Lake Air Montessori Magnet School (pre-K3 through eighth grade) is one of the state’s largest public schools to offer the Montessori curriculum in a multiage classroom environment. Teachers participate in rigorous training to become certified in the Montessori method. Extracurricular programs include art, band, choir, history and science fair, gardening, recycling, field trips, immersion trips, peace camps, AVID college prep and an after-school program. The school maintains a PDS partnership with Tarleton State University. For more information, visit wacoisd.org/lakeair or call (254) 772-1910.