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How to Apply to Magnet Schools
Thank you for your interest in Duval County Public Schools Magnet Programs. The deadline to apply to a magnet program for your student for the 2013-14 school year has passed. Please refer to number 9 below regarding late application submissions.
Filling out the paper application form:
Is the information about your student correct?
If you are using the preprinted form, review the information about your student. If there is incorrect information, immediately notify the school that the student currently attends to have the information corrected. If you are using the blank form, fill in all the information requested that you can. We’ll take care of the SPA Code, Program of Study, Special Programs, F/R Lunch and Neighborhood School. But the rest is your responsibility!
Do you have to make three choices?
No, you may make one choice, two choices or three choices – it’s up to you. In fact, we suggest that you apply only for the programs that you really want and have an interest in having your student attend.
Do you have Program Continuity?
If you are using the preprinted form and your student is eligible for Program Continuity to the next school level, this information will be provided in the box labeled “Program Continuity.” If you are using a blank form and you think your student is eligible, fill in the box, and we’ll be sure to check it out for you. Remember, Program Continuity is not automatic. You have to apply by the deadline to be eligible, and it does not always guarantee admission. We honor your Program Continuity priority for first, second and third school choices, but many programs fill up with first-choice applicants.
Do you have Sibling Preference?
If you are using the preprinted form and your student is eligible for Sibling Preference to a magnet school that a brother or sister is already attending, this information will be provided at the bottom of the form in the box labeled “Sibling Preference.”
If you are using a blank form and you think your student is eligible, fill in the box with the sibling’s name and student ID number. This is especially important for students entering kindergarten. Remember, the sibling must be eligible to return next year to the school where you are applying. Unfortunately, we cannot offer Sibling Preference to siblings applying together for the first time or to siblings living in different households. Also, Sibling Preference does not guarantee acceptance. In cases where twins or triplets applying together receive different schools in the lottery, we will try to place them in the same school where space is available. Placement is at the discretion of the Executive Director of the School Choice Department.
Do you have to get the principal’s signature?
No, it’s not required, but it does give your student a priority in the magnet lottery. You can only get the signature if you visit the school during an open house or tour. Plus, we have found over the years that parents who visit the school before they apply are much more satisfied than those who don’t.
Who should sign the paper application?
The parent or legal guardian must sign the application. We only accept original signatures, so you must mail or hand-deliver your application to the address listed on the bottom of the form.
How do you submit the paper application?
You should mail or hand-deliver your application to the Magnet Programs Office. The address is printed on the bottom of the application form. We do not accept faxed applications. Do NOT turn in your application to the school.
How do you know that we received your application?
There are two things you can do. (1) You can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application. We’ll send you a date-stamped copy by return mail. If you don’t receive your copy within a week, it’s important to let us know. (2) You may bring your application to the Magnet Programs Office, and for a small charge (ten cents) we’ll make a copy with a date stamp on it. That way you will have proof that your application was submitted on time. We’re sorry but we cannot respond to phone requests to verify receipts.
What happens if you miss the deadline?
Only applications that are received or postmarked by the February 28, 2013 deadline will be processed in the magnet lottery. We will gladly take your late application and file it according to the date it was received. If there is space in the school you requested after the lottery or if space becomes available later in the summer, we will let you know. When submitting a late application, you may make only one school choice.
When applying online, reference the 10-digit PIN at the bottom of the paper application.
The back of the application must be filled out by current private school, out-of-county school and new Duval County Public School system students. Current Duval County Public School system students do not need to complete the back of the application.
Students new to the District, including incoming Kindergartners, may be asked to provide proof of address.