FAQ

The Online Application Process
Q. Will I be able to apply for more than one magnet program? Each parent may submit one application indicating their first and second choice, depending on the grade level and the program.

Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process? Typically, the process should take from 10-20 minutes, depending on the program you are applying for.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer? Please contact the school or the Office of Magnet Programs at 269-0299 for assistance.

Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than online? No, the application process is strictly electronic.

Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful? Once the application is completed online, you will receive a generated message based on the email address you provided when you created an account.

Q. Should I allow anyone else to use my account? It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child. You must also agree not to share your login information or password with anyone except a parent or legal guardian.

Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account? No. You must call the Office of Magnet Programs for an administrator to assist you.

Q. After I have completed the online application process application, is there another step to complete the process? Yes. You must print a copy of the signature page and  appropriate documentation (if applicable) and hand-deliver it to your first-choice school no later than three (3) days after the account has been created.

Q. What if I create an account and do not complete the process within the specified three (3) day time frame? The account will be disabled and you will have to come to the Magnet Office in order to begin the process again.

Q. If I apply by the May 28, 2012 application deadline, when is the absolute latest I can hand-deliver the application? As with all applicants, there is an absolute three-day submission window. Therefore, the application and documentation must be hand-delivered to the first choice school on May 30, 2012 no later than 2:30 p.m.

Q. Once I've delivered my application to a school, what proof will I have that the application was delivered within the three-day time frame? A school representative will date-stamp your application and confirm electronically that it was received.

Q. Can I change my first-choice selection even though my application has already been submitted to a school? Request for changes to an application must be receive in the Office of Magnet Programs on or before May 28, 2012. Changes to an application cannot be made after the selection process has been completed for any program. 

Q. My family lives in another state but I am planning to move to Smart Choice School District. Therefore, it would be impossible to hand-deliver my application to a school. What alternatives do I have? Families who live in another state or country and plan to move into the Smart Choice School System for the 2012-2013 school year may use a mail certified method of delivery such as the U.S Postal Service or FEDEX.

Q. I live in a nearby school district. Will my child be able to enroll in a magnet school in the Smart Choice School System? No. School districts are independent entities governed by local school board policies. Therefore, only students who reside in the Smart Choice School District can apply and enroll in our magnet schools.

Q. I missed this year's application deadline. Will I have a chance to apply at another time? Typically, the school district has a second application period which is strongly dependent on the number of applications received during the first application period. Therefore, all schools may not be included when the second application period is conducted.

Magnet Selection Process
Q. Are students selected based on a first-come, first serve process? All eligible applications submitted by the application deadline will be entered into the lottery. Students are selected based on pre-defined Board-approved criteria (if applicable) such as: proximity zone, magnet progression, and siblings.

Q. How is the lottery conducted? An external consultant conducts the lottery for each application period using Board approved criteria.

Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program? Parents will receive notification by mail if their child has been selected no later than Friday, June 8, 2012.

Q. What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process? Once the initial letters or mailed to those students who are accepted, parents must accept the seat and/or participate in a screening process. Once vacancies become available, students in the waiting pool will be offered seats using the selection process.

Q. Will I receive a call from my second-choice school if I am not selected for the first-choice school? All correspondence for either first or second choice seats available are sent directly from the Magnet Office, not from each school. We only contact applicants from the second-choice pool if all seats for that program's grade level has been exhausted.