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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: What types of magnet programs are offered in CCPS?

A: Clayton County Public Schools currently offers magnet programs in the following areas: Aviation & Innovation, Cambridge Assessment International, Early College/Advanced Academics; Dual Language (Chinese, French, and Spanish in Elementary; Film & Media, Spanish in Middle and High School levels), International Baccalaureate Programs, Mathematics and Computer Science, STEM, Science, Technology, & Mathematics; Political Leadershipand Visual & Performing Arts. (School Choice Guide, pages 13-14)

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

A: You can visit our School Choice Guide here

Q: I would like to apply for a school choice/magnet program, but my student is not a current CCPS student. How do I submit my application in Infinite Campus?

A. Information for non-residents who are interested in applying for a magnet program can visit this link for more information on how to apply. 

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. You are able to make changes to your application until the deadline date. Once the applications have closed, you will not be allowed to make further changes. To make your changes, please sign into the application program and click the "edit" button. Once your changes have been made, please remember to submit your application.

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

A. You will choose an tentative audition date during the application process. Once your audition date has been confirmed, you will receive notification via email of your date and time. You may also check your audition information by signing in to your parent account at 

Q. When will I find out about the lottery?

A. The lottery will be conducted during the week of March 11-15, 2019. Details about the Lottery Selection Process can be found on page 23 of the School Choice Guide.

Q. If I apply during the late application period, when will I be notified about a late round audition?

A. Notifications for late applicant auditions will begin in mid-March and will continue through the month of April. 

Q. I just heard there is a new program for Medical Sciences. Where can I find out more information?

A. Charles R. Drew High School will open a Medical Sciences program for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is open to rising 9th graders only. More information can be found here

Q. I just heard there is another program for Early College. Where can I find out more information?

A. North Clayton High School will open an Early College magnet program for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is open to rising 9th graders living within North Clayton High School's attendance zone. More information can be found here.