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Q: What is a magnet school?

A: Magnet schools are built on the foundation of five pillars and are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts or a consortium of districts. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, MicroSociety, Career and Technical Education (CTE), World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, or Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, they are taught within the overall theme of the school. (Source: Magnet Schools of America

Q: How many magnet schools are available in Clayton County Public Schools?

A: There are currently eight (8) magnet schools in CCPS, with a 9th program to be added for the 2017-2018 school year. (Magnet Program Guide, pages 3-6).

Q: What types of magnet programs are offered in CCPS?

A: Clayton County Public Schools currently offers magnet programs in the following areas: Early College Academy; Fine Arts; Mathematics and Computer Science; STEM; Science, Technology, and Mathematics; and Spanish-English Immersion. A new program for Film & Media Academy has been added for the 2017-2018 school year. (Magnet Program Guide, pages 3-6)

Q: Where do I go to receive more information about the different magnet programs?

A: You can visit our Magnet Program Guide page at This page details the various programs offered at our magnet schools, and has contact information and website links for each school.

Q: I forgot to list a second choice on my application, or I want to change the school I am applying for. Is this allowed?

A. Any changes to your application must be made by NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 16, 2016. No changes to the application for either choice can be made after this date. Requests for changes must be emailed to (Magnet Program Guide, page 7).

Q. When will I find out when my child's audition will take place?

A. The date for auditions will be determined by the school. Approved applicants will be notified via e-mail and/or U.S. Mail of the audition procedures and/or the time and date of the student audition. (Magnet Guide, page 7).

Q. When will I find out about the lottery?

A. The lottery will be conducted during the week of March 27, 2017. Details about the Lottery Selection Process can be found on pages 9-19 of the Magnet Guide.

Q. When will my child be notified about a 2nd round audition?

A. Notifications for 2nd round auditions will begin in mid-March and will continue through the month of April. 

Q. I just heard there is a new program for Film and Media. Where can I find out more information?

A. Mundy's Mill High School will open a Film & Media Academy program for the 2017-2018 school year. This program is open to rising 9th graders only. More information can be found here