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The School Choice Application Window for the 2020-2021 school year will open on October 1st and close on November 13th 2019.

All applications must be submitted online at




CPMA offers a weekly school tours throughout the school year on Thursdays at 9:15am beginning on September 26th.  

For questions about our school tours or enrollment  please contact  CPMA's Magnet Coordinator,  Cody Smith at csmith12@sandi.net



Enrollment and School Choice Applications

CPMA is an arts magnet for middle school students, grades 6, 7 and 8. Students who plan to come to CPMA should be interested in pursuing rigorous academic study and the excitement of artistic endeavor. We find the students that are happiest and most successful at CPMA are children who need to dance, sing, act, play their instruments and/or create visual art every day to feel satisfied and complete.


New Student Enrollment:

Choice Enrollment: Students who live outside of the Madison Cluster must submit a School Choice Application to attend CPMA.  Choice enrollment to CPMA is conducted through the district school choice lottery with preference given to students already attending district arts magnet elementary schools.  Applications may be found here and must be submitted by November 13th for the 2019-2020 school year. Acceptances will be sent out in early March. 


Neighborhood Enrollment: Student living within the Madison Cluster must submit an Enrollment Preference Request Card in order to enroll with CPMA.These cards can be obtained at neighborhood elementary schools beginning November 1st and must be returned to neighborhoods elementary schools in December.  Neighborhood students who do not turn in an Enrollment Preference Request Card will not be eligible to  enroll at CPMA.


8th Grade Articulation to High School

CPMA does not have a high school that it directly feeds into.  CPMA students either return to their neighborhood high schools or submit a choice application to attend high school as a choice student.


SCPA:  SPCA provides the high school continuation of CPMA’s middle school program. All students interested in attending SCPA for high school must submit a school choice application and pass an audition.  Audition information, guidelines and rubrics are available online at: www.sandiegounified.org/scpa


Madison: While Madison is the cluster High School, CPMA students do not automatically transfer to Madison.  If you live in the Madison cluster, you will need to work with Madison counselors to complete your enrollment.  If you live outside of the cluster, you will need to submit a choice application for Madison and wait to be offered enrollment.


School choice applications can be found at www.sandiegounified.org/school-choice-application


 If you have further questions, please contact the Magnet Coordinator, Cody Smith, at 858-800-5551 or through email at csmith12@sandi.net