All schools and district offices will be closed Monday, November 23rd through Friday, November 27th. Schools and district offices will reopen on Monday, November 30th.

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Hillsborough Schools

Magnet Programs

Our next Magnet School virtual event of the year will be our Magnet: Vision 2020 Exploration Night on December 3 from 6:00-7:00 PM! Register at or discover more information and register today!

The first Magnet School Application Window opens at 5 PM on November 2nd and closes at 11:59 PM on December 11.

What is a Magnet School?

A public elementary, middle, or high school whose curricula are theme-based and technology-rich. Magnet school teachers are specially trained not only in theme integration but also in innovative and rigorous academic instructional methods. Magnet schools offer students opportunities to discover, explore, and refine their talents and interests while focusing on excellence in academics. Our magnet schools support the district’s mission to provide all students the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their highest potential. Our magnet philosophy maintains that magnet schools "connect kids to the real world.”

Magnet Schools of America Logo Learn more about Magnet Schools and the Five Pillars upon which Magnet Education is built by visiting the Magnet Schools of America Website.

The Office of Student Planning and Placement is here to help. Call with questions at (813) 272-4692, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays.



Magnet High Schools


GPA: grades earned in core subjects from 7th grade and part of 8th grade (language arts, math, science and social studies)

Test scores: standardized test scores from 6th and/or 7th grade

Collegiate Academy, IB, and Middleton applicants: students must have taken and passed Algebra I or Algebra I Honors


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