• Magnet, Early College, Year-Round and Application Schools

  • Upcoming Events


    Magnet Information Sessions

    December 7, 10 am - 11 am (in person)

    Crossroads I, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518

     December 14, 10 am - 11 am (virtual)  

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  • Wake County magnet schools create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths and exposing them to new experiences. Each theme offers the standard curriculum using a specialized instructional delivery model. These innovative and pioneering programs challenge students to think creatively and analytically to solve problems, while a diverse student body can inspire innovation by allowing students to see things from different perspectives. Wake County magnet schools provide students with the tools they need to see things differently.  View our magnet introduction video #SeeThingsDifferently!

    We are proud of our award-winning magnet and early college schools:

    • Over 365 Magnet Schools of America National Merit Awards given to WCPSS magnet and early college schools since 1996-97
    • 10 Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grants for a total of close to $80 million
    • 17 Top Ranking Magnet Schools of America National Awards given to WCPSS magnet and early college schools since 1999-2000

Key Application Dates

Early College Application Period - October 16 - December 14, 2023

Magnet and Year-Round Application Period - October 16, 2023 - January 25, 2024

Notification of Results - Late February  2024

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  • Magnet Objectives

    • Reduce high concentrations of poverty, and
    • Promote school integration and
    • Maximize use of school facilities, and
    • Provide innovative and/or expanded educational opportunities