Greenville County Schools will begin hosting virtual open house events on Oct. 8 through Oct. 22 highlighting the school district’s 11 magnet academies.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health precautions put in place, the magnet academies will offer a video on their individual websites. In the videos, the magnet schools’ administration will discuss the schools’ application processes and more information about each school’s program.
“The academic program of each magnet academy offers a theme or focus that is designed to give students an opportunity to explore a special interest, gift, talent or skill,” school district spokesperson Tim Waller said in a release. “These schools attract top students and talented teachers who bring innovative ideas to the classroom.
“Teachers are chosen based on their academic preparation, professional experience and specialized skills,” he added.
All students in the county are eligible for magnet academies, but there are limited spaces. Students may apply for multiple schools.
The applications are judged on four criteria that include attendance, discipline, grade average (a student interview in Grades K-5, 1, 2) and a student statement explaining why the student would want to go to a magnet school.
There are also multiple application periods — those who apply and qualify in the first round have a greater chance of receiving a spot than students who apply and qualify later on. The siblings of magnet school students have priority of acceptance in the first application round, according to Waller.
The first magnet application window is open from Monday, Nov. 2, until Monday, Nov. 30. Magnet applications will be available Nov. 2 on the GCS Magnet Academies page.
A lottery system will be used when there are more qualifying students than places available.