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Centralized Application Process 2015-2016 Magnet Programs
 
An electronic application will be the only application accepted for consideration for the 2015-16 school year.  The district application will be available on the Magnet Bulletin Board on the School Choice website at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net
 
The electronic application will open on November 1, 2014 and will close at midnight on February 15, 2015.     

Procedure

  • A student must be residing in Orange County at the time the application is submitted
  • The application will be available for submission online at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net.
  • Only one (1) application may be submitted per student, and no changes will be allowed once the application is submitted. 
  • Once the application is submitted, a confirmation number will be generated for each applicant. Applicants may check their application status by navigating to http://schoolchoicemagnet.ocps.net/mymagnetstatus.aspx. and entering the student ID and confirmation number. 
  • The application shall be verified by the parent/guardian under penalties of perjury, pursuant to Florida Statute, Section 92.525, that the information stated in the application is true and correct, and that he/she is the parent/guardian authorized to submit the application.
  • An application must be submitted for each child applying for magnet programs. 
  • A maximum of three (3) choices are allowed on the application.
  • If a student wishes to modify the order of the program selection, they must request that the current application be cancelled by sending an email to magnetoffice@ocps.net. the current application will be cancelled and the student must re-apply before the deadline of February 15, 2015.
 
 
Siblings
  • Siblings of current elementary magnet students will be given preference for admission. A sibling is defined as a brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, or stepsister who lives in the same household and has the same address.
  • Applicants must apply to the same magnet program and meet the eligibility requirements of the program their sibling is currently attending and will continue to attend during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Consideration for sibling preference is given to eligible applicants on a space available basis and must be indicated on the application.  Parents must complete an application for each sibling and submit it by the deadline.
  • Failure to apply by the deadline or indicate sibling preference on the application will result in denial of sibling preference status.   
Eligibility
 
  • Elementary students applying to kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1, 2015.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements of the magnet program(s) they select on the application. Eligibility requirements for each program are listed on the website, www.schoolchoice.ocps.net.
  • Students applying for Visual and Performing Arts High School programs at Dr. Phillips High School must audition for the programs selected. Eligible applicants will be notified regarding the audition requirements for each program strand. Failure to participate in the audition on the date specified in the notification will be interpreted as a parent/guardian declining program acceptance.
  • Middle and high school students who are not currently attending Orange County Public Schools will be required to submit final grades from the previous two school years to verify eligibility. Failure to submit grade reports by the application deadline will void the application. 

Transportation
  • Transportation is provided to International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programs and limited transportation to Arbor Ridge Middle.
  • Transportation is not provided to middle school programs at Howard and Lakeview Middle. However, if a student is enrolled in the magnet program at their zoned school, they may be eligible for transportation per district policy. 
  • Transportation is not provided for elementary and high school programs.

Selection and Assignment Process
  • All eligible applicants who meet the priority application deadline of February 15, 2015 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 lottery will be utilized. 
 
Lottery
  • For those programs whose number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats available, a lottery will be held on February 24, 2015, at 9:30 AM.   All lotteries will be held in the Board Room at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32801. 
  • An additional lottery, if necessary, will be held on April 9, 2015, at 9:30 AM for any remaining spaces in programs from the eligible applications received during the November 1, 2014 - February 15, 2015 application period.    

  

Eligibility for High School Programs  
  • Prior to the selection process, the magnet programs identify the number of available seats for incoming 9th and 10th graders.
  • If there are more applicants than there are seats available, 60% of the available seats will be assigned by a ranking system and 40% of the available seats will be assigned by a random lottery. The ranking criteria are a total of the previous 2 years GPA.
  • If seats are still available after all 1st choices are placed, the same selection criteria is applied to students who selected the program as their second choice. Once all second choice students are placed, the same criteria apply to students who selected the program as their third choice.
 
Notification
  • Students will be notified by email sent to the parent email address on the application no later than February 27, 2015, regarding the status of the first lottery, and on April 14, 2015, for programs that still have seats available, the results of the second lottery.   
  • The notification email is the official notice of status. Please check the SPAM folder of your email provider.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the office of School Choice of any change of email or residence address from the time the application is submitted.
  • If a student is selected for their first, second or third choice program, they must accept that program or remain at their zoned school. Once a student is assigned to a program, they are removed from all wait pools. 
  • Failure to respond to an offer of acceptance by the deadline specified in the acceptance letter will be interpreted as a parent/guardian declining program acceptance. The seat will be reallocated to another student.
  • Applicants who met the application deadline who do not receive notification should contact School Choice at magnetoffice@ocps.net 
  • Selected applicants must respond to the invitation from the first lottery and register for the magnet program by March 19, 2015. If a second lottery is held, students must register for the magnet program by April 29, 2015.  If an applicant does not register by the deadline set for the lottery, their seat will be forfeited.
Maintenance Criteria
  • Once a student has been admitted to a magnet program, he or she is expected to remain in that program until reaching the highest grade level offered by that school. Students do not have to re-apply for admission into the same program once they have been accepted.
  • Some programs have required parent and student contracts, and students will be expected to maintain a certain grade point average and have minimal absences.
  • Magnet students will be expected to follow the OCPS Code of Student Conduct and have exemplary behavior.
  • If a contract is violated, a meeting will be held with the magnet program coordinator, teachers, parent(s), and student. The student will be placed on probation for one grading period. If the violation is corrected during that time period, the probation will no longer apply. If there is insufficient improvement at the conclusion of the probation period, the student will be exited from the program.
  • If a student chooses to exit the program or becomes ineligible after the probation period, he/she will be required to return to the zoned school at the end of the first semester or the end of the school year, whichever occurs first.

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