If your child is currently in 5th, 6th or 7th grade:
January 1-22: This is the only time to apply to a magnet school (Hanes, Hill, Mineral Springs, Paisley, Philo, and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy). You will find out whether you were accepted by mail around the first week in February.
January 9: Magnet School Fair at the Benton Convention Center. Visit with students, teachers, and principals from each magnet school.
February 16: Your child will bring home a letter showing his or her school assignment for next year. It also will explain which other schools are in your zone and what choice you can make under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. If you want to stay at your assigned school, do nothing. If you'd like a different school, it's time to start investigating.
February 22- March 5: This is the time to visit other schools in your zone, ask questions and make a decision for next year. Rank your top three choices and turn them in by March 5. You are guaranteed one of your three choices or your residential school. Please make in-zone choices even if you plan to apply for an out-of-zone school. You will find out your school assignment around March 23.
March 17-26: If you're interested in a school outside of your zone, now is the time to apply. There must be space available and you must provide your own transportation. You'll receive your assignment by mail around April 2.