• What is a “Magnet” School/Program?

    Wake County magnet schools are designed to create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths and exposing them to new experiences. Innovative and pioneering programs challenge students to think creatively and analytically to solve problems, while diverse student body populations enable students to learn and see things from a different perspective. Wake County magnet schools provide students with the tools they need to see things differently. 


    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


    Magnet Application Process:

    The magnet and year-round school application period typically begins in October and ends in January. Applications are not first-come, first-served. Families will be notified in mid-February if they received a seat at an application school. To apply, click- https://magnet.wcpss.net/apply/ 


    Who is eligible to apply-

    • Only students enrolled in a Wake County Public School System school for the 2022-23 school year.

    • Students who do not currently attend a WCPSS school – charter, private or homeschool – will need to enroll online and get a student ID number prior to submitting an application.


    How they select students for magnet schools-

    The 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, they 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. 


    Click here to read Moore Square's specific priorities of applications!


    Results and Options:

    • Magnet or year-round application results are not eligible for appeal.

    • If you are not satisfied with your magnet or year-round school placement, you may apply to attend your base school during the Request for Transfer Period at the end of February 2023.  "Back to base" requests submitted during this transfer period are guaranteed to be approved.

    • You will remain in the applicant pool for your first choice magnet or year-round school if you request back to your base school. 


    Applicant Pools:

    • Students who do not receive a seat at their first-choice magnet or year-round school will be placed in an applicant pool for that school. If you applied to more than one school, you may be assigned to one of your other choices and remain in the applicant pool for your first choice magnet or year-round school. 

    • Applicant pools will be reviewed in the spring. You will be notified in your online account if you receive a seat in your first-choice school.