Application Process


    Admission Criteria

    Barnette Magnet School is a choice school, for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. In order to be eligible to apply to attend Kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before September 1st preceding the beginning of the school year. Children must be 6 years old on or before September 1st to attend first grade. Upon enrollment, a copy of the child's birth certificate is required for each student new to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. All new students must submit proof of immunization or a waiver before being admitted into school.


    Applications for Barnette Magnet School 2021-22 lottery will be available January 13, 2021. The deadline to submit an application is March 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM.
    The lottery results or 2021-22 will be posted at 12 p.m. on March 29, 2021.

    Applications are available at:

    1.) Barnette Magnet School
    725 Tenth Ave.
    Fairbanks, AK, 99701

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    2.) Download an application, beginning January 13th, 2021.

    Barnette Walking Zone

    Attendance Area:
    Barnette Magnet School has a small zone within walking distance of the school that is considered to be the attendance area for students in grades K-6. K-6 students who reside in the attendance area may enroll at Barnette Magnet School. Attendance area students must still submit an application, but do not go through the lottery process. Attendance area students must provide proof of physical address, a utility bill such as water, electric or gas. Proof of physical address will be requested at the start of each school year, and upon request at the start of each quarter. To verify the attendance area, contact the FNSBSD Transportation Department at 452-2000 or on the website under "Find your Bus".  Barnette does not have an attendance area for 7th or 8th grades or part-time students.   Ryan Middle School is the attendance area school for 7th or 8th grades.

    Change of address during the school year for attendance area students:
    When an attendance area student has a change of address during the school year resulting in out-of-area attendance, a completed out-of-attendance area application is required to be on file with the principal. If attendance and behavior requirements are met, the student may remain at Barnette for the remainder of that school year. The parent must submit an application by the lottery deadline and go through the lottery process to continue enrollment for subsequent years. Continued enrollment at Barnette is not guaranteed. If not chosen in the lottery, the student will be transferred to their new attendance area school.


    The Lottery

    Out of Attendance Area (AR 1032.2 SBP 1032.2):
    Most students who attend Barnette Magnet School do not reside in the attendance area. It is the policy of the Magnet School to accept out of attendance area students through an application process. Anyone who is eligible to attend school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District may submit an application to Barnette Magnet School. Due to limited space available, there will be a lottery held each spring. During the lottery, all completed applications received by the corresponding deadline will be drawn randomly by grade level for available space. When there are more applications than space available a grade specific wait list will be created.

    Selection Process:
    Completed applications submitted by the deadline will be entered in the lottery. The lottery will be held for enrollment for the following fall and will be conducted in accordance with district policy. The lottery determines the wait list for the following school year. Sibling preference is not initiated from the wait list.
    It is the parent/guardian responsibility to ensure that the information provided on the application is correct. Students will be entered in the lottery for the grade applied for. Students may not apply for multiple grades.  Applications must be completed by a parent with custodial authority or by a legal guardian.

    The Lottery Process:
    Applications for full time enrollment are separated by grade. The grade levels are entered in an initial lottery to determine the order in which grades will be drawn during the lottery. When the grade is drawn, all applications submitted for that grade will be randomly drawn to fill any known openings and order a wait list.

    Sibling Preference

    In support of the family, Barnette Magnet School does give preference to siblings. Although all new applicants must meet application requirements, future students who already have siblings enrolled in the school are given priority to enroll in Barnette Magnet School, given that space is available at the sibling’s grade level during the lottery process. Siblings are defined as permanent, immediate, legal family members. During the lottery, if an applicant is drawn for a known opening, any sibling applications will be moved to the next available opening for their grade, or the highest space available on the wait list. There may be more than one sibling on the wait list. Sibling preference does not guarantee enrollment. Sibling preference is not initiated once the wait list is established.

    Wait List

    Barnette Magnet School maintains a waiting list of students who have applied, but were not chosen through the lottery. The wait list is used to fill the vacancies that may occur during the school year.  Vacancies will not be filled after the start of the fourth quarter. Wait lists do not carry over for the next year’s lottery.  Students will be called on an individual basis in the order placed on the wait list as grade level openings become available. Once contact has been made via phone call, text and/or email, the family has 24 hours to accept. If no response is received after 24 hours, the next student on the wait list will be offered the opening. Students on the wait list do not move upon the admission of a family member. All unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply for the lottery the following year.


    Continued Enrollment

    Once accepted through the lottery and enrolled at Barnette Magnet School, students are re-enrolled the following year dependent upon attendance, behavior, and transportation compliance. Parents are expected to notify the school of any educational change in plans. Siblings new to the school must submit an application prior to the deadline. Attendance area students who have a change of address during the school year will need to apply for a space through the lottery if they desire to continue enrollment at Barnette. Continued enrollment is not guaranteed when a student moves out of the attendance area as is customary at all FNSB schools.

    Student Withdrawal

    If a student withdraws from Barnette Magnet School to attend another school or homeschool, they must complete the application and lottery process to be readmitted to Barnette and sibling preference may not be used to gain readmittance.

    Staff Preference

    Children of ESSA & FEA staff who are employed at Barnette are given preference in accordance with the current contracts.

    Late Applications

    Applications received after the application deadline will be accepted but will not be processed until after the lottery. All late applicants will be placed at the end of the wait list in the order received. Sibling preference will not be given to late applicants.

    Lottery Results

    Barnette Magnet Lottery will be held at Barnette Magnet School, on March 29th, 2021, at 12 noon. The lottery is open to the public. Results of the Barnette Magnet School lottery will be mailed within a week of the lottery.   Please do not phone for lottery results.

    Nondiscrimination Disclosure

    Barnette Magnet School does not discriminate toward any individual as defined in District Policy 1011 nor does it require any student to attend the program.



Application 2021-2022

  • The 2021-2022 application for the Barnette Magnet School Lottery will be available on January 13, 2021.  Paper applications are available at Barnette.  

    The last day to turn in an application is March 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm.  Applications submitted after this time will be added to the bottom of the appropriate grade waitlist after the lottery has been drawn and numbered.

    We ask that paper applications be delivered to Barnette Magnet School by hand.  On-line submitted applications are submitted on the computer.

    Contact (907)456-6072 ext 20503 or for more information.

Last Modified on January 21, 2021