The Magnet School Choice Program in Guilford County offers an opportunity for students and parents to choose a learning environment that best fits the interests and goals of the individual student.
On Saturday, February 13 at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Guilford County presents the Magnet and Choice Fair. The fair serves to expose the different options for elementary, middle school, and high school programs all under one roof. Principals and faculty from each school will be available to answer any questions or concerns.
"We know that we have a diverse group of students in Guilford County with diverse needs," said Media Relations Manager Haley Miller. "Traditional school is not for everyone."
The Magnet School Choice Program gives students these diverse options in the following areas:
- Global Studies
- International Baccalaureate
- Spanish Immersion
- Mandarin Chinese
- Advanced Academics
- Career and Technical
- Education and Science
- Single-Gender Middle College
- Middle College*
In order to be considered for one of these schools, applications must be filled out and submitted to the no later than 5:00 p.m on March 12, 2010. Elementary and middle school applications must be turned in to the Student Assignment Office located at 120 Franklin Blvd., Greensboro. High School applications must be turned into the specific school.
Applications will be available at the Magnet Fair and will also be available online after February 13.
All elementary and middle school magnet programs are based on a lottery format with the exception of Brown Summit Middle School.
High School options are based on the combination of the applicatio, and as applicable, an interview, an essay, a performance, academic level, need or other requirement as deemed by the individual school. The requirements are listed on each school's application.
Although the Magnet School Program contains many advantages for students, Miller explained that there are a few disadvantages that make the traditional / neighborhood school more appealing.
"We do provide bus transportation to the Magnet School," said Miller. "However, the students usually are bused to a hub, and then board another bus to the appropriate school."
"The bus rides can be long, which can make for an early morning and late afternoon for students."
Even though some parents have the advantage of being able to drive their students to the Magnet School, often the long distance, either by car or bus causes the neighborhood school to hold more of an appeal.
Another disadvantage that Miller pointed out rests with the sports program. If a student attends a Magnet School, then in order to participate in a sport, he or she must participate at the neighborhood school.
"The student would either have to be driven or bused to the neighborhood school for tryouts, practices, and games," said Miller. "For some students and parents, the importance of the sports program makes a Magnet School option inconvenient and time consuming."
Despite the disadvantages, Magnet Schools do offer Guilford County students choices.
"The unique opportunities presented by Guilford County give students and parents choices that aren't offered in a lot of counties in N.C. or even other states," said Miller.
For those who desire choices and options, then attendance at the Magnet School Fair can help answer questions, can show the different programs, and can serve as a starting point in the decisions for the 2010 - 2011 school year.
To receive more information about Magnet Schools, please contact:
Director of Magnet and Choice Schools
120 Franklin Blvd.
Greensboro, NC 27401
For additional information:
*Source - Guilford County Magnet Schools Web site