Magnet Application Eligibility Guide

 

It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the individual schools for any variations to the eligibility requirements such as but not limited to proficiency tests, auditions, attendance, etc. and submit all required documentation by January 15th.

 

Please note: All Pre-K and Kindergarten Magnet applications are interest-based only. No entrance criteria required.

 

A – 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 for incoming grades 2-10 by January
  • FSA scores may not be reviewed as part of the eligibility

 

B – Enhanced Criteria for 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.
  • 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 student(s) complete and receive credit for Physical Science Honors and Algebra 1 Honors prior to the start of the school year for which he/she is applying. Proof of course enrollment or completion must be submitted by January 15.
  • No teacher recommendation will be required
  • Parents must schedule any required language skills testing for International Studies programs for incoming grades 2-10 by January
  • FSA scores may not be reviewed as part of the eligibility
  • Enhanced Criteria requirements apply to the following Magnet Schools/Programs:
    • AP Capstone (Advanced Placement) programs – Grade 9
    • Cambridge International programs – Grade 9
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) programs – Grade 9
    • International Studies (IS) / International Education (IE) programs – Grade 9
    • iPrep programs – Grade 9
    • iTech program at Miami Springs SHS – Grade 9
    • Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy (Grade 9), Maritime & Science Technology Academy (MAST Academy (Grade 9), MAST @ FIU Biscayne Bay Campus (Grade 9), Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST @ Homestead) (Grade 9), iPrep Academy (Grade 9), TERRA Environmental Research Institute (Grade 9), Cutler Bay Senior High School (COAST)(Grade 9)

 

C – Visual & Performing Arts Magnets (VPA)

Parents must schedule auditions/interviews by January 15th. Please note that for the 2021-2022 school year, each VPA school/program may vary in protocols and procedures for holding Please check with each school to verify requirements and procedures.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • No teacher recommendation will be required
  • FSA scores may not be reviewed as part of the eligibility

 

D – Interest-Based Magnet Schools/Programs:

  • Admission is interest-based only.
  • All Pre-K and Kindergarten Magnet applications are interest-based only. No entrance criteria required.
  • 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
    • 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
      • Coding and Mobile App Development

 

NOTE: Continued Enrollment Guidelines: Program participation is contingent on individual school student/ parent contract agreement to be signed once student is invited and accepted into a Magnet school/program.

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