What is a Magnet School?
 
Each magnet school offers a challenging curriculum and the support that students need to expand their horizons. Students have the opportunity to continue in a magnet program from kindergarten through grade 12.

How are magnet schools different?
 
Magnet students have extra opportunities to develop their curiosity and talent through special classes and clubs, increased access to technology, and research-backed teaching methods.
 
Magnet programs in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County include:
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • International studies
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Multiple intelligences
 
Parents or students must apply to attend a magnet school, and applications are accepted only during the Magnet School Enrollment Period.
 
How are magnet schools like other public schools?
 
Magnet schools are public schools and must follow the standard North Carolina course of study. Like other public school students, magnet students are required to take end-of-grade or end-of-course tests. However, many magnet schools also measure their students’ progress through portfolios of their work, performances, presentations and assessments on an international scale (for IB schools).
 
Magnet School Requirements

Once assigned to a magnet school, students may complete all grades as long as they attend school regularly, exhibit exemplary conduct, and fulfill magnet expectations. If students do not meet these standards, they may be reassigned to their residential schools at the end of the school year.