Magnet School Application
The purpose of magnet schools is to reduce high concentrations of poverty in schools; promote school integration; maximize the use of school facilities and provide innovative educational opportunities. Therefore, we consider two key factors in the selection process for magnet applications:
- Projected overall socioeconomic status of the school to which that student is assigned for next year.
- Socioeconomic status of the area where the applying student resides.
To find your level of priority, complete the following steps: (note that the updated priority levels will be posted this Fall when the 23-24 enrollment plan is approved.)
- Review the projected overall socioeconomic status of the school to which are assigned for next school year.
- Review the socioeconomic status of the area where the student resides
- Write down the characteristics of both criteria. For example: Medium for socioeconomic status of the school and high for socioeconomic status of the area.
- Click on the links below to see your level of priority for the appropriate grade level and/or school you are considering.
The socioeconomic status of where you live and your assigned school will determine your place on the priority list.
- Magnet Elementary School Priorities (Excluding Joyner, Underwood, Hodge, Smith, Wendell and Zebulon elementary schools)
- Magnet Middle and High School Priorities (Excluding Zebulon and East Garner middle schools, Garner High school)
- Group 2 Magnet Schools - Joyner Elementary and Underwood Elementary
- Group 3 Magnet Schools - Hodge, Smith, Wendell, Zebulon Elementary, Zebulon and East Garner Middle, Garner High)
Applications are prioritized in this order:
- Entering grade siblings requesting to join siblings who will be assigned to the requested school. (This priority is guaranteed.)
- Matching calendars between elementary and middle school siblings.
- Students who live in an area where the socioeconomic status is considered low.
- Rising 6th students who attended a year-round elementary school and who wish to keep that calendar for middle school.
- Students who are assigned to attend a crowded school. (Crowded is defined as 95% or greater projected utilization.)
Ten percent of seats are filled through a lottery process.
Early College Application
Selection priorities for Crossroads FLEX, the Wake Young Men's and Wake Young Women's Leadership Academies, North Wake College & Career Academy, Wake STEM Early College, Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Wake Early College of Information and Biotechnologies, and Vernon Malone College and Career Academy
- Priority 1: Siblings of existing students, grades 6 and 9 for Wake Leadership Academies, grade 9 for Crossroads FLEX, NWCCA, Wake STEM, WECHS, WECIB, and VMCCA receive guaranteed priority. The sibling must have an Early College application score of 70+ in order to receive this priority.
- Priority 2: Students whose Early College/Crossroads FLEX application score is 90-100, selection based on an applied random number
- Priority 3: Students whose Early College/Crossroads FLEX application score is 80-89, selection based on an applied random number
- Priority 4: Students whose Early College/Crossroads FLEX application score is 70-79, selection based on an applied random number