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    Before selecting a school through either Magnet or Choice, every WS/FCS student must first enroll at their residential school.  Once enrolled, students may apply to a different WS/FCS school during one of our application windows.


    To find out more about our schools and magnet programs, please see our choice and magnet programming.


    Differences Between Magnet and Choice Schools

    • Magnet Schools: offer diverse and inclusive educational opportunities for grades K-12 through specialized programs in the arts, stem/steam, international baccalaureate, dual immersion, and career pathways. 
    • Choice schools: allow parents to choose from their residential schools, another school inside their zone, or a magnet school.
    • At every school, students are led by teachers and staff members dedicated to helping them grow as students and people.

    Have an active Kindergarten Choice/ Magnet / Out of Zone Application? Click Here to sign in to your Parent Dashboard: Applications.


    Find your school using our school locator!

  • School Choice Mission

    WS/FCS  is committed to providing all students with high-quality and engaging school choice options in every zip code to graduate with interpersonal, academic, and workforce skills to compete globally and contribute to society.  Students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County have opportunities unlike any other system in North Carolina. WS/FCS choice options serve every kind of student.  Families may choose from their residential, zone, or magnet schools. 

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