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Application deadline is this week for Wake's magnet, year-round school options

Posted January 28, 2020 3:37 p.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2020 7:11 a.m. EST

By attracting students from a wider geographical area, magnet schools typically have a more culturally and socioeconomically diverse student body than traditional schools. (Photo Courtesy of Wake County Public School System)

Just a friendly reminder that the 2020 deadline for Wake County's magnet and year-round schools ends this week — Thursday, Jan. 30.

The county's magnet school system aims to promote diverse school populations by attracting students to schools outside of their neighborhoods. Magnet schools pull students from other parts of the county by offering special programs and opportunities, such as specialized arts or STEM classes, that aren't offered at the county's traditional schools. Year-round schools help the county maximize the use of school buildings by offering classes all year to different tracks of students.

Here's what you need to know about Thursday's deadline.

Who Can Apply?

Current Wake County school students can apply for a magnet or year-round school. If you attend a charter school or private school or if you homeschool, you'll need to enroll in Wake schools before you can fill out the application, according to the school system.

These applications are not considered on a first come, first served basis. So, if you've been planning on getting this done, but you haven't filled out the application yet, all is not lost.

How Does the County Evaluate Applications?

It's complicated. And it involves a look at the socioeconomic status of your neighborhood and the socioeconomic status of the school where your child is assigned next year.

Wake County schools' website explains magnet priorities and how to determine where you might place.

When Does Wake County Announce Magnet and Year-Round Decisions?

You'll learn on Feb. 19 if you got a spot.

Can I Appeal the Decision?

Nope. Magnet and year-round application results can't be appealed. If you received your second or third choice and would prefer to attend your base school, however, you can apply during the Request for Transfer Period, which runs Feb. 21 to March 6, 2020. According to Wake County, these "'back to base' requests are guaranteed to be approved."

You also can remain in the applicant pool for your first choice school if you return back to your base, according to the county.

Still have questions? Wake County has a lot of answers in its magnet application page, including how to find the application. Good luck!