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Application Process for 2017-2018 Magnet Programs
 
An electronic application will be the only application accepted for consideration for the 2017-2018 school year lottery.  The summer wait list application will be the only application to add students to the bottom of any existing wait list. The district magnet application will be available on the School Choice website at www.schoolchoice.ocps.net
 
The electronic application for the lottery will open on November 1, 2016 and will close at midnight on February 15, 2017.  

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. Please follow the directions on the application to print the confirmation page.
  • 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, 2017.
 
 Siblings
  • Sibling preference is only given to students applying for elementary magnet programs. 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 2017-2018 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.   
  • Sibling preference does not apply to the summer wait list application.
Eligibility
 
  • Elementary students applying to kindergarten must be five years old on or before September 1st.
  • Students must meet the eligibility requirements of the magnet program(s) they select on the application. At the end of the current school year, your student must be successfully promoted to the next grade level for which you have applied.
  • 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.
  • Transportation is not provided to any other middle school programs. 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.

Lottery
  • For those programs whose number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats available, a 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, FL 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 - 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 ranking system and 40% of the available seats will be assigned randomly via lottery.
 
Notification
  • Students will be notified by email sent to the parent email address on the application.
  • 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.
  • Once a student is offered a seat in a program, they are removed from all wait pools. 
  • Failure to respond to a magnet seat offer by the deadline specified in the magnet notification will be interpreted as a parent/guardian declining the magnet offer. 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 and register for the magnet program by the deadline stated in the notification, otherwise the magnet seat will be forfeited.  The same terms apply to the second lottery.
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.
  • Magnet programs have required parent and student admission agreements, 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.
  • Violation of the magnet agreement will result in a meeting 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 at the end of the semester and if applicable, the student will return to his/her zoned school.
  • If a student chooses to exit the program, 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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