•  2019-2020 School Choice Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are magnet programs?
    Magnet programs offer a theme or focus that is designed to give students an opportunity to explore a special interest, 
    gift, talent or skill. A magnet school may feature one or more magnet programs.

    Do I have to apply for a magnet program?
    No. It’s up to each family to decide whether to go to their neighborhood school, apply for one of the District’s many magnet program offerings or opt for one of the Special Transfer Option Schools.

    Why do we have magnet programs?
    Magnet programs were started during the 1991–1992 school year as a voluntary desegregation plan. Today, Duval County’s magnet programs are the centerpiece of the District’s School Choice Program and promote diversity in our schools.

    What is a dedicated magnet school?
    A dedicated magnet school does not have a set boundary. All students who attend the school apply for acceptance through the magnet lottery. Students who live in the former attendance area of a dedicated magnet school receive the former attendance area preference.

    When do I have to decide? The application window is from January 1 through the last day of February. All applications are online. Applications received by the deadline are processed in the on time lottery.

    How do I apply?
    Online applications are submitted through the Parent/Guardian Portal Account.

    How do I get an application? Please follow the link below:    

    https://dcps.duvalschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=46592&dataid=55151&FileName=1-3-19%20Guide%20to%20Filling%20Out%20a%20Magnet.STO%20app6.pdf

    Does a magnet student give up the chance to get a traditional education?
    No. Every student receives instruction in all subject areas that are required for promotion and/or graduation. In fact, in many cases, the magnet theme is integrated into the core curriculum.

    Is a magnet school better than the non-magnet school that is close to my home?
    No. Magnet Programs offer something different, but they are not designed to be better than any other school in the District.

    Am I guaranteed to get in if I apply?
    Unfortunately, there are no guarantees. Admission is determined by a lottery that is based on the number of openings and the number of applications received for a school or program.

    What is the advantage of attending a magnet school?
    Students are able to participate in the program theme and meet other students from different areas of the city.

    Can anyone apply to a magnet school?
    Yes! With very few exceptions, all of Duval County’s magnet programs are “open admissions.” This means that all students may apply and have a chance to be selected through the magnet lottery. Applicants from out of county are not processed through the lottery, but may be placed after the lottery runs if seats are still available.

    Is transportation provided for magnet programs? Some magnet programs do provide transportation. Please contact transportation at (904) 858-6200 or refer to the School Choice Reference Guide which can be found at the following link. 

    https://dcps.duvalschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=16124&dataid=13343&FileName=DCPS_EXPO%20GUIDE_FINAL_Low%20Res.pdf

    What is a Special Transfer Option School?
    Special transfer Option Schools are neighborhood schools that have programs that were created in response to community or school interest in a special program and provide more choices to students.

    How do I apply for a Special Transfer Option School? Please follow this link below.   

    https://dcps.duvalschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=46592&dataid=55151&FileName=1-3-19%20Guide%20to%20Filling%20Out%20a%20Magnet.STO%20app6.pdf

    Am I guaranteed to get in if I apply?
    No. There is a lottery that is based on the number of openings versus the number of applicants per grade level.

    Is there transportation to a Special Transfer Option School?
    No.

    How do I apply for a High School Acceleration Program? High School Acceleration Programs are designed to serve their own neighborhood students first. Schools that have space after serving the neighborhood population may open seats for students from outside the attendance area. High School Acceleration Programs have admissions criteria, and applications are submitted electronically. Applications are rank ordered, and placement is offered to the most highly qualified students. Students accepted into a High School Acceleration Program from outside the attendance area must submit an Out of County High School Acceleration Application.

    What is a Charter School?
    Charter Schools are public schools that operate on a performance contract or "Charter" with the Duval County School Board and are intended to expand school choice options for students. Charter Schools are freed from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools, but they are held accountable for academic results and financial solvency.

    How do I apply for a Charter School?
    Each Charter School manages its own application process at the school. If a Charter School receives more applications than can be accommodated, a lottery is conducted at the school to determine which students may attend.

    What is a Career and Technical Education?
    Career and Technical Education provides students with opportunities to explore career options in settings that anticipate and address every student’s needs: from guidance and counseling to coursework that incorporates both academic and educational applications.