Magnet School FAQ’s
1. What is a magnet school? Magnet schools are public schools with specialized or focused areas of instruction. They are tuition free, as they are part of the local school district and are funded the same way as traditional schools.
2. What are the curriculum requirements at a magnet school? Magnet schools are expected to address all standards required of public schools in addition to the focused theme(s) of the school.
3. Who can attend a magnet school? First option for attendance will be given to students
who live within the magnet school zone. After that, any student living within school district
boundaries may attend the magnet school. Selection for out-of-zone students will likely be
made through the use of a lottery system. Enrollment may be capped at the discretion of the
school and district administration to ensure the high quality of programs being offered.
4. If I am “out-of-zone,” how will my child be transported to the magnet school?
Ideally, the school district will be able to provide transportation to out-of-zone students.
There may be instances, however, when parent transport may be necessary.
5. What is the difference between a magnet school and a charter school? Magnet
schools are public schools that are part of the local school district, and therefore must follow
all state rules and regulations governing public schools. Charter schools are public schools that
are independently run and are not part of a traditional school district. They are held
accountable to the charter they submit to receive state funding, and may be privately funded