WCPSS Magnet/Year-Round Program Application Period Extended Through Feb. 5, 2018
Families can choose from five magnet themes
Photo courtesy of Wake County Public School System/Paul Cory
Students have many options beyond the traditional school programs available within Wake County Public School System. WCPSS offers five magnet themes: leadership and technology, gifted and talented, international baccalaureate, language immersion/global studies and application schools. Within each theme, many programs exist.
The goal of WCPSS magnet schools is to create well-rounded students by challenging them with programs tailored to their strengths that also expose them to new experiences. WCPSS designs these programs to challenge students to think creatively and analytically so they can improve their problem-solving skills.
If you haven’t explored the options available to your child, it’s not too late. Magnet events have been taking place throughout the 2017-18 school year in preparation for the magnet application period of Jan. 10-Feb. 5, 2018. (The previous deadline of Jan. 31 has been extended due to winter weather.)
First, find out what magnet schools are available to your student at wcpss.net/eligible. Then, narrow down your choices by trying out the new Magnet Explorer interactive tool, also accessible from the WCPSS website. Beginning at 9 a.m., Jan. 10, 2018, apply online for up to five schools. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m., Jan. 31, 2018.
Selection results will be released on Feb. 14, 2018. If your student does not receive a seat in his or her first-choice school, you’ll be placed in an applicant pool that will be reassessed during the spring.
The application period also opens Jan. 10 for year-round schools. Like magnet schools, the application period lasts until Jan. 31. Year-round schools offer three-week breaks after every nine weeks instead of one long summer break, which can benefit some learners. This is the first year that parents can apply to year-round schools during the magnet application period.
This article was updated Jan. 18, 2018