Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Villa Heights Magnet Information

Darlene Heater has provided the below information regarding the Villa Heights magnet program, coming to Irwin Avenue this fall.  Please also be aware of two Open Houses at the school to explain their program.  The first is tomorrow morning at 9:30a; the second is in December.  I have been told that the school will add an extra kindergarten class next fall, which should open up some seats for neighborhood kids in that age group.

Talent Development (grades 3-5): Students entering grades 3-5 must have TD certification for gifted children [apparently this is not required of Kindergarten entrants].  Families seeking more information on TD certification may contact the TD/Advanced Studies Department at (980) 343-6955.
How do I get an application for a magnet program? If you are a new CMS student and enroll prior to December 14, 2009, you will be mailed a letter with your ID number and PIN in order to participate in the First Magnet Lottery. If you are a current CMS student, you will receive a letter with your ID number and PIN from your current school. Current and new CMS students can expect the letter in early January, 2010. New students who enroll December 15 – May 21, 2010 will be eligible to participate in the Second Magnet lottery March 15 – June 4, 2010 at 10:00pm.  Visit the Applying to a Magnet School page for detailed instructions.
What is the timeline for applying to a magnet program? The First Magnet lottery application period for the 2010-2011 school year is January 8 - February 8, 2010 at 10:00pm.  A Second Magnet lottery will be held for families new to CMS who enroll between December 15 and May 21, 2010.  The application period for the Second Magnet lottery is March 15 – June 4, 2010 at 10:00pm.  Visit the Applying to a Magnet School page for detailed instructions.
How does the lottery work? The lottery is used to assign students to magnet programs.  When there are more students applying to a program than there are seats available, the lottery runs on the following priorities:

  1. Students who live within 1/3 mile of a full magnet school, up to 20% of seats available at that school. 
  2. Students who are assigned to a Title I Choice School, up to 10% of seats available. 
  3. a) Students who live outside the transportation zone for Randolph Middle School will have a priority to attend Randolph. b) Students who live outside the transportation zone for Piedmont Open Middle School will have a priority to attend Piedmont. The number of students admitted to either school under this priority is limited to 10% of the available seats in the school. Transportation will not be provided to these students.  
  4. Students who live in a magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number with the following limits: The maximum number of students admitted under this priority from any one elementary home school area must be proportional to the total number of potential applicants in the magnet feeder area. 
  5. All students who live in the magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number. 
  6. All students who live outside the magnet feeder area will be admitted in order of lottery number. Transportation will not be provided to these students.