Magnet Application Process
Application Period: Jan. 10 – Feb 5, 2018
Who is eligible to apply
Only students enrolled or pre-registered to attend a Wake County Public School System school for the 2018-2019 school year. Students not currently attending a WCPSS school will need to pre-register at their base school beginning Jan. 4, 2018 in order to complete this application.
How we prioritize your student's application to multiple schools
Families can apply to more than one school, including applying to multiple Magnet and Year-round choices. You should know that applications are prioritized based on the type of school. If you want to apply to more then one school, learn how we prioritize multiple applications.
How we select students for magnet schoolsThe purpose of the Magnet schools program is to reduce high concentrations of poverty in schools; promote diverse school populations; maximize use of school facilities and provide innovative educational opportunities. To that end, we consider two key factors in considering magnet applications:
- Socioeconomic status of the area where the applying student resides
- Projected overall socioeconomic status of the school to which that student is assigned for next year.
Students who do not receive a seat at their first choice school will be placed in an applicant pool. Applicant pools will be reviewed and processed in the spring. Results will be posted to parent online accounts. Parents will receive an email letting them know when the applicant pools have been processed.
Choosing a school also means choosing transportation services. Make sure both fit the needs of your family. Verify the type of transportation you are eligible for by searching for your address in the Base School Locator. Some magnet schools may require parents to provide transportation either to school or to an express bus stop. Some magnet students who receive neighborhood busing can experience ride times longer than a hour.
Families will be notified on Feb. 19. Students who apply but do not receive a seat may not appeal the decision.