Snipes Academy of Arts and Design- Year Round
Snipes Academy of Arts and Design (Snipes) is our K-5 Arts magnet program, preparing students for performances and competitions in the various art forms. Snipes has a Design Lab and is the only elementary school offering Dance and Instrumental Music. Students receive direct instruction in the arts through rotating enhancement classes in addition to the integration of arts with standards in the core curriculum.
International School at Gregory - Traditional Calendar
International School at Gregory (Gregory) offers a Spanish Dual Language/ Immersion program that serves students from Kindergarten through Grade 8. Gregory also provides instruction through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), creating a school-wide Global STEM focus. Additionally, students in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to receive Mandarin Chinese Language Instruction.
Rachel Freeman School of Engineering - Year Round
Rachel Freeman School of Engineering (Freeman) is a K–5 magnet school that provides school-wide integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the core curriculum. Students at each grade level are exposed to computer science and become familiar with coding basics. Instruction consistently incorporates the Engineering Design Process (design, build, test, improve) to guide their critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. These young engineers engage in performance based demonstrations of their skill development through competitions such as First Lego League Jr. and Science Olympiad.
- WHAT IS A MAGNET SCHOOL?
- HOW CAN I DECIDE WHICH MAGNET PROGRAM IS BETTER FOR MY CHILD?
- DOES A MAGNET SCHOOL STILL TEACH MY CHILD ALL CORE COURSES LIKE A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL WOULD?
- DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN ACADEMIC LEVEL TO BE ADMITTED TO A MAGNET SCHOOL?
- ARE THE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS DIFFERENT FROM THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL MAGNETS?
- WHAT ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?
- HOW DOES THE MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
- ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH?
- CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE MAGNET SCHOOL?
- HOW ARE THE STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND A MAGNET SCHOOL?
- ARE THERE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ATTENDANCE AT A MAGNET SCHOOL?
- IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
- DO I HAVE TO APPLY EVERY YEAR?
- DOES A STUDENT'S YOUNGER SIBLING HAVE TO APPLY TO THE MAGNET SCHOOL FOR ACCEPTANCE?
- DOES THE REGISTRATION/ENROLLMENT PROCESS NEED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE DISTRICT SCHOOL?
- IF MY CHILD IS ACCEPTED INTO A MAGNET SCHOOL AFTER BEING REGISTERED AT THE DISTRICT SCHOOL, DO I NEED TO GO THERE AND WITHDRAW HIM AND PICK UP HIS RECORD FOR THE MAGNET SCHOOL?
A magnet school opens doors of opportunity and sparks the imagination of students, preparing them to become responsible citizens in a global society. Although all students receive instruction based on Common Core and NC Essential Standards (North Carolina Standard Course of Study), magnet schools use innovative approaches to learning that engage students and promote their interests and abilities. Each magnet school emphasizes a particular theme such as Visual and Performing Arts, Dual Language Immersion, and STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). There are currently 4 magnet campuses, including three elementary schools and one middle school.
Each year in February, parents and other interested community members are invited to attend our Magnet and Year-Round Options Fair to learn more about the programs our magnet schools have to offer. NHCS also encourages parents to visit each magnet school, meet the principal, and talk with the staff members to gain more information about the unique magnet programs NHCS has to offer. Parents can contact each school to schedule an appointment or stop by during a school's open house.
Entry into an elementary or middle school magnet program is interest-based. After researching the schools and programs offered, parents/guardians of interested students must submit an online or paper application by the specified deadline. If there are more applications than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be used to select students.