Applications for Magnet/Choice Online in January

It’s almost time to apply for Richland School District Two’s Choice and Magnet programs.  Applications will only be accepted online. The application process begins Jan. 7, 2013 and runs through Jan. 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. In March, parents and students will be able to log back into their application account to see whether students have been accepted into the program of their choice.

Informational sessions on all Magnet programs will be held throughout the month of January. A schedule of the meetings, as well as information about each school and Magnet program, is on the district’s website: The Board of Trustees recently approved two new Magnet programs. CFK North, on the campus of Muller Road Middle School, will be a replication of the existing Center for Knowledge program. It will be opening as a K-2 program. A new STEM Institute of Design and Innovation Magnet program will be offered at Summit Parkway Middle School. It will be open to rising 6th graders.

Expanded Choice gives parents and students residing in Richland Two the opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their residentially assigned school. Choice is only available to Richland Two residents. Each school open for Choice is allowed 20 transfer slots through the process. The 20 slots may increase based on the number of students leaving that school through the Choice program. Available slots for Magnet programs vary based on each program. Parents must provide transportation for students who choose programs that are not at their residentially assigned school.

Hundreds of interested parents and students attended the annual Choice and Magnet Fair that was held in November. Representatives from schools, centers and Magnet programs answered questions about the educational opportunities available for the 2013-2014 school year. For additional information on Magnet programs, contact Dawne McLeod at 738.3248 or on Expanded Choice, contact Roger Wiley at 738.3314.