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Application Process for 2017-2018 Magnet Programs
 
The electronic application for the lottery will open on November 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. and will close at midnight on February 15, 2017Students do not have to re-apply for admission into the same magnet program in which they are currently enrolled.

Procedure

·         Only one application per student is permitted.

·         Students may apply for up to three magnet programs by indicating the most preferred program as your first choice. Once your application is submitted, you will not be able to change the order of your choices.

·         Program enrollment is established by grade level and school capacity.

·         Applying for a program does not guarantee an offer.

·         Students must meet eligibility criteria for the selected program and be able to take magnet courses.

·         All eligible applicants who meet the application deadline will be considered for available seats. If there are more eligible applicants requesting admission to a specific magnet program than the number of seats available, a computerized lottery selection process will provide an equitable opportunity for all eligible students seeking to enroll in a magnet program.

·         Please advise School Choice Services if you have a change of email address and/or phone number.

·         If you accept a magnet seat offer, your student is no longer eligible for any other magnet program.

Eligibility

·         Students must reside in Orange County, Florida, and be eligible to apply in order to begin the magnet application process.

·         Orange County Public Schools offers magnet programs for students entering grades K-10.

·         Elementary applicants applying for kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

·         Applicants for the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet at Dr. Phillips High School must meet or exceed audition requirements in order to be considered for placement.

Lottery

·         For those programs whose number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats available, a computerized lottery will be held. All lotteries will be held in the Board Room at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801.

·         An additional lottery, if necessary, will be held for any remaining spaces in programs from the eligible applications received during the November 1, 2016 to February 15, 2017, application period.

·         Prior to the selection process, the magnet programs identify the number of available seats for the program.

·         If there are more applicants than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be used.

·         For high school applicants, 60% of the available seats will be assigned by a computerized GPA ranking system and 40% of the available seats will be assigned randomly via lottery. 

 Required Documentation

·         Middle and high school magnet program applicants who are not currently enrolled in an OCPS school, for example, your child is currently enrolled in a private school, charter school, or home school, must upload student report cards showing final grades from the previous two years, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

·         The application will not continue without uploading these documents.

·         You will need to upload one document for each required school year within the application. Multiple pages or pictures for one school year should be scanned and saved in one document. Only .pdf, .jpeg, .png, or .gif files may be uploaded. 

Notification

·         Eligible students who submit applications by the deadline of February 15, 2017, will be notified of their status after 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2017, via email sent to the parent email address listed on the application. This email is considered the official notice of a magnet program offer or wait pool status. Students who are offered seats in programs must register at the school during the registration dates listed in the notification email.

·         Eligible students who are not offered a seat in the first lottery will be placed in a wait pool. A second lottery, if program seats become available, will be held on April 11, 2017.

·         Eligible students who are not offered a seat in the first or second lottery will be sent their wait list number for their first choice program to the parent email address listed on the application after 4:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017. If magnet program seats become available, students will be notified via email sent to the parent email address listed on the application.

·         If you do not receive an email by February 28, 2017, please email magnetoffice@ocps.net, and include your student’s name, ID number, and the program(s) for which you have applied.​

Siblings
·         School Choice Services may give a sibling preference to the elementary siblings of older elementary students already admitted and attending an elementary magnet school or magnet program and who will be returning to the same magnet school or magnet program in the year for which application is being made.
·         For purposes of this preference, siblings are brothers and sisters, step-brothers and step-sisters, or half-brothers and half-sisters living at the same address.
·         To be eligible for this preference, the sibling must meet any academic or related criteria for this next level and must submit an application per the application requirements.
·         Consideration for sibling preference is given to eligible applicants on a space-available basis and must be indicated on the application. 
·         Failure to apply by the deadline or indicate sibling preference on the application will result in denial of the sibling preference for the younger sibling.
Transportation
·         Transportation is not provided for elementary magnet programs nor high school magnet programs.  Transportation is provided to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at the middle schools, but transportation is not provided to the other middle school programs.  If a student is enrolled in a magnet program at his or her zoned school, the student will be eligible for transportation according to district policy.

 

 

 

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