Magnet Program Basics
Why Choose a Magnet School?
Magnet schools use themes, or innovative focuses, to provide electives and interesting curricula that goes well beyond what is offered at traditional schools. In order to push students to become leaders for change, Wake County Magnet Schools implement hands-on learning and foster creative environments that allow students to become independent and curious. Wake County offers a variety of themes across elementary, middle, and high school levels, allowing students to apply to programs that fit their interests. Language immersion, Gifted and Talented, and International Baccalaureate programs can span a child's education K-12. Other themes include Engineering, Global Studies, Digital Sciences, and Leadership and Technology.
Wake County Magnet Schools offer an exceptional education. In 2016, 27 Wake County Magnet Schools won national awards, and the North Carolina Board of Education honored a Wake County elementary school as one of the state's top STEM schools. Parents also choose magnet schools for their smaller class sizes and excellent teachers and principals.
Wake County Magnet Schools give students from all over the country the opportunity to come together for a new experience. By enrolling students from neighborhoods of different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, magnet schools create a diverse student body. This allows students to explore beyond their own neighborhood and socialize with others that bring new experiences and perspectives.
Why Choose a Magnet School Over a Public School?
By choosing a magnet school over a public school, students opt out of standardization and old-fashioned curriculum to gain a personalized and future-focused experience.
Why Choose a Magnet School Over a Private School?
Private schools preach college readiness, however, that often comes with a homongenous student body, values, and culture. We believe in order to produce well-rounded students, they must understand the heterogeneous world, which can be best achieved through a diverse student body. Plus, the opportunities provided through our magnet school themes provide students hands-on college prep and career focused opportunities.
Why Choose a Magnet School Over a Charter School?
Charter schools, like private schools, often provide little diversity and require high parent involvement. Magnet schools are different because they set students up to delve into the challenges facing the real world and give them the skills to tackle these problems through a forward-thinking education. While both magnet and charter schools receive public funding, charter schools are governed by their own board of directors and are exempt from some requirements of traditional public schools. These exemptions mean charter schools may not provide transportation or meal programs and don't require all teachers to be certified.
Important Magnet Dates
Magnet Fair-Saturday, November 5th at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School (9:00-12:00)
Magnet Mini-Fair for Rising K Families-January 4th at Farmington Woods Magnet Elementary School (9:30-11:00)
Magnet Mini-Fair for Rising K Familes-January 10th at Green Magnet Elementary School (9:30-11:00) *You only need to attend 1 mini-fair.
Magnet Elementary Schools Theme Showcase-January 18th at any Wake County elementary magnet school. The times for Smith's theme showcase are 9:30-11:00 and 12:45-2:00.
New Magnet Student/Kindergarten Registration-starting January 5th. You must register your child at the base school assigned to your home address BEFORE you apply for magnet status. Visit http://wwwgis2.wcpss.net/addressLookup/ to determine your base school.
Magnet Application Period-January 12th-January 31st.