Magnet Schools Application

Agreement of Understanding

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF THIS APPLICATION IS JANUARY 15.

  • Parents may apply online or directly in writing to School Choice & Parental Options using the official Magnet Application Form. Only one (1) application per student will be accepted. Duplicates and revisions WILL NOT be accepted.
  • All applications will be processed at the office of School Choice & Parental Options only. If using the paper application, please send your applications directly to the office to the address listed on the application.
  • Please complete all required areas. Failure to sign and/or complete all sections may result in the application not being processed.
  • Students may apply to a maximum of five (5) schools (one (1) PROGRAM per school). If more than five (5) selections are made, we will process only five (5) and reserve the right to make this application void.
  • Individual schools may require additional documentation. You must contact the individual schools to which you are applying. All required documentation must be uploaded with the online application or sent directly to the school(s) to which you are applying by the application deadline.
  • Admission priority is given to applicants with siblings currently attending and who will attend the same magnet school for the school year for which you are applying (a minimum of one concurrent year).  Acceptance is based upon the availability of open seats in the grade level for which the student is applying. This priority is not applicable for audition-based Magnet programs. To be considered for Sibling Status, the following must be met:
    • provide the correct Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Identification Number for both the applicant and applicant’s sibling(s),
    • meet all entrance requirements,
    • the sibling must reside in the same household as the student who is applying, or documentation of joint custody must be provided.
  • Applicants who are part of a multiple birth (twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) must submit an individual application for each applicant. The entrance requirements are reviewed for each applicant individually. Only one multiple birth applicant is entered into the random selection process, if one of them is selected for admission, the other(s) will be prioritized for admission to the same program, as long as they each meet entrance requirements. To receive the priority, parents/guardians must complete the multiple birth section of the application to link the students. Parents may opt not to link multiple birth student applications as indicated on the application. A multiple birth (twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.) priority is not applicable for audition-based Magnet programs.
  • If your child does not have an active Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Identification Number, you should write “NO ID” on the application in the area labeled M-DCPS Student ID Number (paper applications only). Applications may also be submitted online for students who have not been issued a M-DCPS Student ID Number.
  • All notifications from schools will be sent to the email address listed on the application. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that email address and all contact information are current within the M-DCPS system.

For questions, contact School Choice & Parental Options at 305-995-1922 or visit www.miamimagnets.org

By submitting an online application, I acknowledge my understanding of the following conditions for this application:

  • THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF THIS APPLICATION IS JANUARY 15.
  • Failure to complete all requested information may cause this application to be rejected.
  • Additional information may be required by individual schools and must be submitted to those schools by the application deadline as part of the application process.
  • Eligibility may be determined by such factors as skill, talent, academic performance, conduct, and interest.
  • When the number of eligible student applicants, other than Visual & Performing Arts, exceeds the number of seats available, a random selection process will be utilized to admit eligible applicants.
  • Any required testing or auditions must be scheduled prior to January 15.
  • Failure to respond to an offer of acceptance by the specified deadline will be interpreted as a decline of program acceptance.
  • Applications received from October 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019, will be eligible for consideration for enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Applications DO NOT guarantee placement.

I, hereby, give permission for my child to be evaluated for admission to the selected magnet program(s) designated in this application. If accepted, he/she will be enrolled as a full-time student at the school of acceptance. Transportation availability is limited and may not be available to all students. My child must demonstrate acceptable performance (as determined by school-site policy) in order to remain in the magnet program.

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school for requirements that are school specific (e.g. proficiency tests, auditions, etc.) and submit all required documentation by January 15th.

Quick Guide for Eligibility Rules

Basic Criteria for Random Selection Magnets

  • A minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in each core academic subject area (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • A minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in conduct for the core academic subject areas (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • All effort grades in core academic classes must be a “2” or higher for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences for the previous year and 5 unexcused absences for the first semester of the current year.
  • No teacher recommendation will be required.
  • Parents must schedule any required language skills testing for International Studies programs by January 15th.
  • FSA scores can only be reviewed as part of the eligibility process under very limited circumstances.
    • Secondary schools with a six period schedule may review FSA scores to determine if a student has at least one elective period available to take magnet theme courses.

Enhanced Criteria for Designated Random Selection Magnets

  • A minimum of 2.5 Grade Point Average in each core academic subject area (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • A minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in conduct for the core academic subject areas (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • All effort grades in core academic classes must be a “2” or higher for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences for the previous year and 5 unexcused absences for the first semester of the current year.
  • May require that Physical Science Honors and Algebra I Honors be completed and received credit before the 2019-20 school year begins. Proof of course enrollment or completion must be submitted by January 15th.
  • No teacher recommendation will be required.
  • Parents must schedule any required language skills testing for International Studies programs by January 15th.
  • FSA scores can only be reviewed as part of the eligibility process under very limited circumstances.
    • Secondary schools with a six period schedule may review FSA scores to determine if a student has at least one elective period available to take magnet theme courses.
  • Enhanced Criteria requirements apply to the following Magnet Schools/Programs:
    • AP Capstone (Advanced Placement) programs – Grades 9-12
    • Cambridge International programs – Grades 9-12
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) programs – Grades 9-12
    • International Studies (IS) programs – Grades 9-12
    • iPrep programs – Grades 9-12
    • iTech program at Miami Springs SHS
    • Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy (grades 9-12), Maritime & Science Technology Academy (MAST Academy), MAST @ FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST @ Homestead), iPrep Academy (9-12), TERRA Environmental Research Institute

Visual & Performing Arts Magnets

  • Parents must schedule auditions/interviews by January 15th.
  • A minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in each core academic subject area (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • A minimum of 2.0 Grade Point Average in conduct for the core academic subject areas (e.g. language arts, mathematics, science, social studies) for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • All effort grades in core academic classes must be a “2” or higher for the previous year and the first grading period of the current year combined.
  • No more than 10 unexcused absences for the previous year and 5 unexcused absences for the first semester of the current year.
  • Placement is based on audition/interview results.
  • No teacher recommendation will be required.
  • FSA scores can only be reviewed as part of the eligibility process under very limited circumstances.
    • Secondary schools with a six period schedule may review FSA scores to determine if a student has at least one elective period available to take magnet theme courses.

Interest-Based Magnet Schools/Programs

  • Admission is interest-based only.
  • No teacher recommendation/prerequisites will be required.
  • Interest-based only admissions apply to the following Magnet Schools/Programs:
    • Pine Lake Elementary
      • STEM: Botany & Zoology
    • Barbara Goleman Senior High
      • STEM: AP Capstone
      • Cybersecurity
      • Digital Marketing
      • Financial Technologies
      • Forensic Science
      • Information Systems Technology
      • Law Enforcement/Intelligence Studies
    • BioTECH @ Richmond Heights 9-12
      • Conservation Biology
    • iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center
      • Geospatial Information Systems(GIS)
      • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
      • iCode (Microsoft Software Solutions)
    • Miami Southridge Senior High
      • Business Innovation & Management
      • Gaming Design & Animation
      • Mobile Application Development

 

Some programs may require additional eligibility, contact the school directly for any district approved changes to prerequisite/eligibility requirements.

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