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Generally speaking, a magnet school refers to a public school that offers a special curriculum to students within the entire school district. Magnet school programs may offer a language immersion program for students as young as kindergarten, where part of the day is spent being taught exclusively in a foreign language, such as French or Japanese. Other magnet programs may specialize in engineering, culinary arts, or visual and performing arts. Attendance is not restricted to where you live, but there is an application process.

  • Admission
    While magnet schools are free to attend, enrollment is restricted and based upon an application process. For many elementary magnet schools, enrollment is based upon an open lottery. For middle and high school programs, an application must be submitted. Some magnet programs may require students to take a test, participate in an interview, or submit a portfolio. Applications will be weighted. Students who score above a cut-off may be offered an automatic admission offer to the program. All other students will be placed in an entrance lottery.
  • Creating Your Homeschool Transcript
    Middle and high school magnet school applications may require a transcript of elementary and middle school classes and grades. A transcript will be required from homeschool applicants, also. Putting together a transcript may feel like a daunting task, but begin by taking a look at the form that must be filled out, as it may be a standard fill-in-the-blank form. Even if you've never given your child a grade, do your best to determine how well your child has mastered the material you've taught in the last year. If you honestly think your child earned straight A's, record that on the form. At the same time, don't be shy about putting down a B or even a C in certain subject, if that best captures your child's achievement. Remember, it's likely that your child will be taking some kind of test as part of the application process that will add support to the grades you report.
  • Deadlines

    • September and October: Attend an informational meeting sponsored by your school district's office on magnet school programs to get out details on the specific application process you must follow.
    • November and December: Application deadlines vary by school district, but they are generally due BEFORE December 1 of the year prior to when you want your child to attend.
    • January and February: Auditions, interviews, and testing are generally scheduled.
    • April: Notice of acceptance to a magnet program are sent out.

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