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Orange County Magnet Programs

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Hillcrest Elementary in downtown Orlando

Hillcrest Elementary in Orlando is a foreign language magnet.

Photo © Sandra Ketcham

Giving Students a Choice:

In Orange County, children have the option of attending a magnet school instead of their zoned school. Magnet programs in the elementary, middle and high schools provide students with an opportunity to focus their studies in specific areas while encouraging them to explore their interests and talents.

Orange County and Orlando public school students must submit an application to be considered for placement into a magnet program.

Applying to a Magnet Program:

Parents of students wishing to attend a magnet program must submit an application during the application window. Placement depends partially on the number of seats available and the number of children applying to the program.

Students applying to the magnet program must reside in Orange County at the time their application is submitted. Each student can submit only one application, and changes are not allowed once the application has been submitted.

Applications should be filled out and submitted online through the School Choice website. Once this occurs, a confirmation number is given out and applicants can check their status by visiting the website http://schoolchoicemagnet.ocps.net/mymagnetstatus.aspx and entering their ID number and confirmation number.

Each applicant can select a maximum of three choices, and each child must submit a separate application. Program selections are ranked first through third, based on preference.

Transportation:

Unfortunately, students attending a magnet program at an out-of-zone school do not qualify for transportation. Parents should consider this during the application process. Middle school students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate magnet programs and to Windy Ridge Middle and Arbor Ridge Middle may qualify for transportation in some cases. Students enrolled in a magnet program at a school they would normally be zoned for are eligible for transportation to and from school according to Orange County Public Schools district policy.

Other Considerations:

Acceptance into a magnet program does not guarantee the child will be allowed to remain in the program. All magnets have student and parent contracts and specific requirements that must be met for continued enrollment. All magnet students are expected to maintain a certain GPA and have a low number of absences. Students failing to show exemplary behavior may also be removed from the program.

A violation of contract will result in a meeting between the parents, student, teachers and magnet program coordinator. Students will then be placed on probation for a period of one grading term. If the violation is corrected during the probationary period, the student will return to normal status. If insufficient improvement occurs during the probationary period, the student will be removed from the program.

Students exiting the magnet program for any reason are required to return to their zoned school at the completion of the first semester or at the end of the current school year, whichever comes first.

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