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Magnet Program


Cheryl Relford
Executive Director, Elementary Schools

Angie Goff, Secretary
(614) 797-5934 / Fax:  (614) 797-5901


The Westerville City School District Magnet Program is a voluntary elementary option offering an instructional program to students in grades 1-5 who have a particular interest and desire to experience education through a focused curriculum. The Magnet Program consists of two different curricular options with an inquiry-based approach to learning. While the Magnet program is open to any WCSD student, there are limited seats available. Students may apply for enrollment in one of the two programs through a lottery.

Both programs emphasize a cooperative learning environment in a small school setting and include instruction in all major subject areas similar to our other elementary schools. These programs will utilize an inquiry-based approach where children will learn critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and adaptability skills, all of which support our Portrait of a Graduate. Each program offers two classes per grade, grades 1-5 (with the second 5th grade class at Emerson coming in 2024-2025). 


The Magnet Lottery Application for the 2023-24 School Year is now closed.

Click for Magnet Application


Hanby Elementary hosts the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) program.

  • For questions about Hanby's programs, please call Principal Caley Baker at (614) 797-7100 or email her at
  • Or, CLICK HERE to visit Hanby's webpage.

Emerson Elementary hosts the World Cultures and Fine Arts (Grade 1-4) program.

  • For questions regarding Emerson's programs, please call Principal Chris Poynter at (614) 797-7080 or email him at
  • Or, CLICK HERE to visit Emerson's webpage.


Instructional hours at both Hanby and Emerson Elementary Schools are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.


Magnet Program Timeline for 2023 Lottery

  • Friday, February 10 - Deadline to submit requests to remain at Hanby or Emerson for CURRENT Grades 1-4.
  • Monday, February 13   -   Application available online at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 23   -   Magnet Open House
    • Hanby, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
    • Emerson, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, March 13   -   Application Deadline is 10:00 a.m. New students must have completed enrollment.
  • On or Before Friday, March 17 -  Magnet Lottery
  • On or Before Friday, March 24 - Lottery notification goes out to families
  • Monday, April 3 @ 4:00 p.m. - Deadline for families to respond to Magnet invitation.



A: Yes. The Magnet Programs teach the same district/state mandated curriculum as the other Westerville City Schools. The Magnet approach is in regards to the integration of the specific Magnet focus within the state mandated academic curriculum. 

A: Any available seats will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.

A: Yes. Bus transportation is provided for students to and from the Magnet Schools unless the student lives within walking distance of the attending magnet school. Magnet Schools are on an earlier schedule than other elementary schools in Westerville (8:00 a.m.-2:25 p.m.). .

A: An automated email will be sent to the email address provided in the online application.

A: We are currently working with YWCA Kids Place for a program to be placed at Hanby beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. Both Hanby & Emerson students will be permitted to enroll though YWCA Kids Place. Westerville City Schools will send a bus to transport Emerson students to Hanby after school. More information can be found at YWCA Kids Place website.

A: It is expected that a student completes at least one year in the Magnet Program. Requests for an earlier return are handled on an individual basis. Also, there is no guarantee that the home school can accept a returning student if space is not available at the home school. Please contact the Principal at your child's Magnet school if you have questions about them returning to their homeschool and leaving the Magnet Program in which they are enrolled.