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Nearly 13,000 Wake Students Apply to Magnet, Year-Round Schools

Posted March 12, 2008

— Wake County's magnet and calendar-option schools received applications from almost 13,000 students for the 2008-09 school year, an increase of more than 1,000 over last year.

Magnet schools drew applications from 9,100 students. Magnet programs are offered at 35 county schools and range in focus from Creative Arts at the elementary level through International Baccalaureate at the high school level.

Officials said 3,773 students applied to switch from standard-calendar schools to year-round schools. Going the other way, 2,329 applied to make the opposite switch, into a school with a traditional calendar.

Families can expect to receive letters reporting the status of their applications beginning March 14. Families have until April 14 to accept or reject a student's placement.


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  • youngandsons Mar 13, 2008

    "Almost 13,000"? True for the two options in the headline, but that leaves out the 2300+ seeking a traditional calendar. In other words, there are 15,202 students looking for alternatives, not just 13,000.

  • jsanders Mar 13, 2008

    Add that to Wake County students already going to charter, private, and home schools, and you have about one in four Wake County students whose parents are opting out of the assigned school: http://www.johnlocke.org/lockerroom/lockerroom.html?id=15170

  • Fun Mar 13, 2008

    WRAL more statistical analysis please!! Give your raw number, then statistics, then your formulas and then explaination. No sensationalism allowed....just the facts and the costs please