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The period for parents to apply for their child to attend a magnet school in the 2017-18 school year opened in November and runs through Jan. 9 for the five elementary magnet schools and Jan. 20 for Valley Middle School of STEM.

The five elementary magnet schools are Cedar Park Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Apple Valley, Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies in Apple Valley, Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology in Burnsville, Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan and Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences in Eagan. Valley is the middle school level of the district’s STEM pathway of schools K-12.

Parents can learn more about the elementary magnet schools during spotlight events at each school Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The spotlight on Valley Middle School of STEM will be held Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Any district student who will be in elementary or middle school in the 2017-18 school year can apply to attend a magnet school. Enrollment at the magnet schools is determined by lottery and is limited to space available at each school and grade level. Students residing in the district who are selected for magnet school enrollment receive transportation if they live more than one mile from the school.

The elementary magnet school lottery will be held after the Jan. 9 application deadline. Parents of students selected for enrollment in the lottery will be notified of their child’s selection by the end of January and will be asked to confirm their child’s enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, visit District 196 magnet schools or call Magnet Schools and Innovative Programs Teacher on Special Assignment Tony Eatchel at 651-423-7810.

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