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The period for parents to apply for their child to attend a District 196 magnet school in the 2018-19 school year begins Nov. 8. The application period will remain open through Jan. 8 for the district’s five elementary magnet schools and through Feb. 14 for Valley Middle School of STEM. Applications will be available on the magnet schools page of the district website.

Magnet schools offer parents increased choice in their child’s education by providing a concentrated focus that offers innovative ways to meet students’ learning goals through a particular theme. While giving parents increased choice, magnet schools still provide the district’s core curriculum in the areas of science, math, language arts and social studies.

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. The district’s K-12 STEM pathway of schools includes Cedar Park and Echo Park elementary schools for students in grades K-5, Valley Middle School of STEM for grades 6-8 and Apple Valley High School for grades 9-12.

Parents can learn more about the magnet schools during spotlight events that will be held at each school during the application period. For information on dates and times of the spotlight events, parents should contact their schools of choice or visit the schools’ websites.

Any district student who will be in elementary or middle school in the 2018-19 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 elementary magnet school they will attend or more than one and one-half miles from Valley Middle School of STEM.

The elementary magnet school lottery will be held after the Jan. 8 application deadline. Parents of students selected for enrollment in the lottery will be notified by the end of January and will be asked to confirm their child’s enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. The lottery for Valley Middle School of STEM will be held after the Feb. 14 application deadline and parents of students selected for enrollment will be notified by the end of February. Students not selected for enrollment in the lotteries will be placed on a waiting list.

More information about the magnet schools and the application process is available on the magnet schools page or by calling Magnet Schools and Innovative Programs Teacher on Special Assignment Tony Eatchel at 651-423-7810.


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