Q. What are Magnet Programs?
A. Magnet schools create exciting learning experiences that promote student achievement. They are schools with programs that have a special focus, ranging from science and literature to performing arts and innovative technology. They attract students based on their learning needs, skills and special interests.
Q. What do Magnet Programs offer?
A. Magnet Programs have no tuition fees and offer the following:
- Advanced courses of study
- Expanded elective offerings
- Extended day services (elementary)
- Free transportation
- Lower student/teacher ratios
- Siblings may follow in the regular program
- Educational choice
Q. What about transportation?
A.Transportation is free.
Q. What are the admission criteria for middle and high school academic magnets?
A. Middle and high school applicants must meet the following criteria*:
- 2.5 grade point average for the last (4) consecutive semesters
- Score proficiently (or above) in English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math on a district norm-referenced assessment
*Additional requirements may be necessary to complete the application process. Please contact the school for more information.
Q. How does my child apply for the Magnet program?
A. Simply apply online during the application period. Please note that you must complete and submit the application within three days of activating your account. In addition, if you elect not to upload the required documentation (report cards, proof-of-residency) you must hand-deliver to the school selected as your first-choice. Finally, a copy of the signature page must be delivered to your first choice school within seven days of submission.
Q. Can my child apply to any Magnet Program?
A. Yes. Your child may apply to any magnet program of interest provided he/she meets the entrance requirements. Note that each student may only submit an online application (first and second choice) each school year. (High school seniors are not allowed to apply for a magnet program.)
Q. Will my child lose any credits already earned?
A. No. Magnet programs enhance the education your child has already received.
Q. If my child is already enrolled in a Magnet Program, does he/she need to reapply each year?
A. Students currently enrolled in a magnet program do NOT need to reapply as long as the applicant remains in a program at the same site. However, in order to remain in a magnet program, students must maintain the academic criteria used for acceptance into the program. If at any time a student fails to maintain the academic criteria, a student's magnet status may be revoked.
Q. What if my child is on a Magnet Program's waiting pool?
A. Students in a waiting pool MUST reapply for enrollment if their name is not selected during an application period for that academic school year.
Q. How can I get more information about Magnet Programs?
A. Call or visit the magnet school you are interested in, or call the Magnet Program Office at 922-5443.
Q. Are there magnet schools at the middle school level?
A. Yes. There are magnet programs at all levels. Please refer to the Magnet School List, or call 225-922-5443 for a free copy of the magnet catalog.
Q. What if I cannot deliver the signature page to the school? I
A. f you cannot hand-deliver the signature page, please call the school and speak with the Magnet Site Coordinator for other delivery options. If you elect to do so, please make sure you receive confirmation that the signature page was received.
The Online Application Process
Q. Will I be able to apply for more than one magnet program?
A. 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?
A. Typically, the process should take 10-20 minutes depending on the program for which you are applying.
Q. What if I do not have access to a computer?
A. Please contact the school or the Office of Magnet Programs at 922-5443 for assistance.
Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than using the online process?
A. No, the application process is strictly electronic.
Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful?
A. 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?
A. 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?
A. No. You must call the Office of Magnet Programs for an administrator to assist you.
Q. What if I create an account and do not complete the process within the specified three (3) day time frame?
A. 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 March 17, 2017 application deadline, when is the absolute latest I can complete the application process?
A. The application portal will close Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.; therefore, the application must be completed and submitted before that time. However, you will have until Monday, March 20, 2017 to submit the appropriate documentation to your first-choice school.
Q. Once I've delivered my documentation to the first-choice school, what proof will I have that the application was delivered within the three-day time frame?
A. A checklist, which will list the documentation you submitted will be provided for your convenience. The Magnet Site Coordinator will also check off they have received. If you do not see information you uploaded or delivered checked in the portal, please contact the Magnet Site Coordinator at the first choice school.
Q. Can I change my first-choice selection even though my application has already been submitted to a school?
A. Request for changes to an application must be receive in the Office of Magnet Programs on or before the last day of the application period. Changes to an application cannot be made after the selection process has been completed for any program.
Q. I live in a nearby school district. Will my child be able to enroll in a magnet school in the East Baton Rouge School System?
A. No. School districts are independent entities governed by local school board policies. Therefore, only students who reside in the East Baton Rouge Parish 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?
A. 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?
A. No, all eligible applications submitted by the application deadline will be entered into the lottery for the selection process. Students are selected based on pre-defined Board-approved criteria (if applicable) such as: proximity zone, priority zone (Lee High only), attendance zones, magnet progression, and siblings.
Q. How is the lottery conducted?
A. 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?
A. Parents will receive notification by mail if their child has been selected no later than March 31, 2017.
Q. What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process?
A. Once the initial letters are 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?
A. 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.