Application Process

  • Magnet schools

    • Application Period: Jan. 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. and closes Jan. 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
    • 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 are students selected: We prioritize magnet school applications after Early College and year-round school applications. We consider three 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; and
      • Crowding level of the student’s assigned school for next year. 
    • Applicant pools: 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. 
    • No appeals: Students who apply but do not receive a seat may not appeal the decision.

    • Transportation: Choosing a school also means choosing transportation services. Make sure both fit the needs of your family. Most magnet students are eligible for bus transportation, but some addresses may be in the walk zone for the school. Verify the type of transportation you are eligible for by searching for your address in the Base School Locator. Some magnet students who receive neighborhood busing can experience ride times longer than a hour. 
    • Capped Schools: A few magnet schools have enrollment caps due to crowding in their base attendance areas. Please note the enrollment cap DOES NOT affect the number of magnet seats available during the selection process. 
      
     

    Year-round schools (K-8)

    • 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.
    • Application Period: Jan. 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. and closes Jan. 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
    • How are students selected: Selections are based on available seats at the requested school, the impact on the base school and other factors. We prioritize year-round school applications after Early College application but ahead of magnet school applications.
    • Applicant pools: 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. 
    • No appeals: Students who apply but do not receive a seat may not appeal the decision.

    • Transportation: Choosing a school also means choosing transportation services. Make sure both fit the needs of your family. Most year-round applicants are eligible for bus transportation, but the type of service may vary depending on your school choice. Find transportation information for your magnet options by searching for your address in the Base School Locator
    Pre-Kindergarten at Kingswood Montessori Magnet School
    • Online application period is currently closed. The application period opens Jan. 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. and closes Jan. 31. 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
    • Who is eligible to apply: Only students enrolled or pre-registered to attend a Wake County Public School for the 2018-2019 school year. Students not currently attending a WCPSS school will need to pre-register at the Office of Student Assignment beginning Jan. 10, 2018 in order to complete this application.
    • About Kingswood Pre-K Program: Kingswood Montessori Magnet accepts Pre-Kindergarten students to support its Montessori multi-age philosophy. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are together in the same primary classroom. Tuition is charged only for the Pre-Kindergarten program. Tuition is $6,000. Although a tuition increase is not expected for the coming school year, it is subject to change.
    • Why Pre-K?: Kingswood Montessori Magnet supports a continuum of learning that begins with the pre-kindergarten year and culminates in the fifth grade. The staff believes a true Montessori education is a seven-year process. Kingswood Montessori Magnet encourages parents who are committed to supporting this learning continuum to apply for the Pre-Kindergarten program.
    • How to apply: Parents who would like to apply for the Kingswood Montessori Magnet Pre-Kindergarten program will need to visit the Office of Student Assignment at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, during the Online Application Period for Magnet Schools (Jan. 10-31). The Office of Student Assignment will have the parent complete an enrollment packet. Once the enrollment packet is completed, the office will assign the student an ID number. This number will be used to submit an online magnet application for the Kingswood Montessori Magnet pre-kindergarten program.
    • Please bring the following materials:
      • A certified birth certificate (student must be 4 years old by Aug. 31)
      • Proof of your Wake County address (current gas, water, or electric bill in parent’s name that is no more than 60 days old, newly signed lease, or offer to purchase agreement with a closing date before June 30)
      • A photo ID of the parent or guardian
    • How students are selected: Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats. We prioritize magnet school applications after Early College and year-round school applications.
    • Applicant pools: 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. 
    • No appeals: Students who apply but do not receive a seat may not appeal the decision.

    • Transportation: Choosing a school also means choosing transportation services. Make sure both fits the needs of your family. Most magnet students are eligible for bus transportation, but the type of service may vary depending on your school choice. Find transportation information for your magnet options by searching for your address in the Base School Locator. Some magnet students who receive neighborhood busing can experience ride times longer than a hour.

     

    CLOSED Early College high schools, leadership academies, North Wake and Vernon Malone College & Career academies and Crossroads FLEX

    • Application period: The application period ended Dec. 1, 2017. 
    • 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 the Office of Student Assignment beginning November 6, 2017 in order to complete this application. The early college application period closes on Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm. 
    • How students are selected: Prioritized selection criteria are used to fill available seats. We prioritize Early College applications ahead of year-round school and magnet school applications.
    • Applicant pools: 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. 
    • No appeals: Students who apply but do not receive a seat may not appeal the decision.

    • Transportation: Choosing a school also means choosing transportation services. Make sure both fit the needs of your family.  Before applying to an Early College, type in your address here to determine the type of transportation you are eligible for. (Crossroads FLEX is NOT an early college and  does not offer district transportation.) All application schools require parents to provide transportation either to school, or to an express bus stop. The exception is Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, whose students ride Enloe routes as determined by closest Enloe student to their home. They will have Express Routes only on days when Enloe is not in session. Find transportation information for your application school options by searching for your address in the Base School Locator

Full Magnet and Early College Schedule

View the full schedule of information sessions and application periods for Magnet and Early College schools.