• Wake County magnet schools create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths and exposing them to new experiences. Each theme offers the standard curriculum using a specialized instructional delivery model. These innovative and pioneering programs challenge students to think creatively and analytically to solve problems, while a diverse student body can inspire innovation by allowing students to see things from different perspectives. Wake County magnet schools provide students with the tools they need to see things differently.  View our magnet introduction video #SeeThingsDifferently!

    We are proud of our award-winning magnet and early college schools:

    Over 500 Magnet Schools of America National Merit Awards have been given to WCPSS magnet and early college schools since 1996-97

    48 Magnet Schools have received Certification or Demonstration Certification status or recertification from Magnet Schools of America, since 2017-18 

    14 Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grants for a total of over $103.6 million

    17 Top Ranking Magnet Schools of America National Awards given to WCPSS magnet and early college schools since 1999-2000

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2024-2025 application results are available in the parent account on Schoolmint

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  • 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