Definition of TermsAttendance Area School
An attendance school has a specified boundary and serves students residing within the boundary. Every residence in Duval County has a projected elementary, middle and high school based on the residential address. Some attendance area schools have a magnet or special transfer option program that serves both the neighborhood students as well as students who apply to attend the school from outside the specified attendance area.Career Academy
A career academy is a school-based, “school within school,” business-driven model that integrates academic and career-related curricula with a small group of teachers who work as a team to plan and manage the program.
A charter school is a public school that operates on a contract or “charter” with the Duval County School Board. Charter schools are freed from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools, but they are accountable for academic progress and sound fiscal practices. Charter schools provide additional school choice options for students.
Dedicated Magnet School
A dedicated magnet school does not have a specified attendance boundary; all students apply to attend and are accepted through a lottery that operates on a selection system based on choice and priority. All students participate in the magnet program(s).
High School Acceleration Program
A high school acceleration program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. The District offers AP Honors, Early College, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Cambridge Secondary 2/AICE. The high school acceleration programs have been strategically placed in each quadrant of the city so that all high school students have access to one of the four programs. In some high schools, the acceleration program is also a magnet program.
A lottery is the process used to select students for a magnet school and a choice school as well as for a charter school when the number of applications exceeds the number of available openings. The lottery for choice schools is called the “Special Transfer Option” lottery.
A magnet program is a specialized theme that allows students to explore a special talent, skill, gift or interest. A magnet school can offer one or more magnet programs or themes.
A magnet school offers a specialized program or theme that is designed to attract students from other schools for the purpose of promoting or maintaining a diverse student population in all schools. Students apply to attend a magnet school that is not their attendance area school.
A magnet student is a student who attends a school that is not their attendance school for the purpose of participating in a magnet program.
A priority is a weight that is used in the magnet lottery and the Special Transfer Option lottery according to the applicant’s particular situations.
School within a School Magnet
Some neighborhood schools have a magnet program that operates as a “school within a school.” This means that there is a specialized program housed at the school that serves a specific group of neighborhood students and magnet students but not the entire student population of the school. These are primarily high school programs. Some “school within school” magnet programs are also career academies.
A special program is a program that allows students to participate in an educational opportunity that is not available in their attendance area school. Special programs also serve students who reside in the neighborhood of an attendance area school.Special Transfer Option School
A special transfer option school offers a special program designed to offer educational and vocational options in education for students. Students apply to attend a special transfer option school that is not the attendance area school.
Special Transfer Option School with an Acceleration Program
A special transfer option school with an acceleration program is a school that offers an acceleration program as its school choice option. A special transfer option school with an acceleration program enrolls both neighborhood and transfer students.
Special Transfer Option School with a Career Academy
A special transfer option school with a career academy is a school that offers a career academy as its school choice option. A special transfer option school with a career academy enrolls both neighborhood and transfer students.
Special Transfer Option School with a Magnet Program
A special transfer option school with a magnet program is a middle school or high school that offers a magnet program. A special transfer option school with a magnet program enrolls both neighborhood and magnet students.
Special Transfer Option School with a Special Program
A special transfer option school with a special program is a school that offers a special program as its school choice option. A special transfer option school with a special program enrolls both neighborhood and transfer students.
Whole School Magnet
Some neighborhood schools that have a magnet program are “whole school magnets.” This means that all students who attend the school participate in and benefit from the magnet program regardless of being a student who lives in the attendance area or a student who comes to the school from outside the attendance area on a magnet assignment. These are primarily elementary and middle school programs.