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Snipes Academy of Arts & Design

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

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. 

 

 

Freeman School of Engineering

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. 

 

 

How to Apply

How to Apply


Eligibility: Students enrolled or pre-registered to attend a New Hanover County Public School for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply.  Students not currently attending a NHCS school will need to pre-register at their base school beginning March, 2019 in order to complete this application.
Parents are encouraged to visit the schools of interest during designated tours and explore the schools online to determine the best fit for their child.

Applications: Complete and submit the one page application for the school(s) of your choice. Applications will be available March, 2019 at every New Hanover County elementary school, the Magnet and Choice Schools Fair, and on the NHCS web site. Once the application is completed, it should be submitted to the NHCS Student Support Services Department.  Magnet school applications are accepted by email, U.S. mail, fax, or hand delivery. 
                          *Actual dates for applications will be coming soon.*

Online and Paper Applications will be accepted according to the following enrollment timeline.
Kindergarten 
Applications for Codington, Eaton, Freeman, Snipes year-round and International School at Gregory will be accepted from March XX-XX, 2019 for initial lottery draw. 
Grades 1-5 
Applications for Codington, Eaton, Freeman and Snipes year-round schools will be accepted from March XX thru April XX, 2019 for initial lottery draw. 
Applications for all Open Choice schools, Grades K-12, will be accepted from March XX thru April XX, 2019. 
A lottery may be held if there are more applications to attend magnet schools than spaces available.

Transportation is provided to all magnet schools. 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A 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.  

HOW CAN I DECIDE WHICH MAGNET PROGRAM IS BETTER FOR MY CHILD?

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.

DOES A MAGNET SCHOOL STILL TEACH MY CHILD ALL CORE COURSES LIKE A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL WOULD?

Yes, a magnet school's curriculum includes all traditional subject areas which adhere to the NC State standards and all students participate in the same testing as all other NHCS students.

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN ACADEMIC LEVEL TO BE ADMITTED TO A MAGNET SCHOOL?

No, students are not tested to be admitted to a magnet school. Each magnet school works with students to provide the best educational experience and helps all students grow and excel.

ARE THE HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS DIFFERENT FROM THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL MAGNETS?

Yes. Each of the traditional high schools has a signature program. These are programs with academic requirements that students district-wide may apply for. Contact the schools directly for more information.

WHAT ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

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.

HOW DOES THE MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

The process begins by completing and submitting the one-page application for the magnet school of which you are seeking acceptance. The applications will be available March 1-17, 2018 for kindergarten students and March 19, 2018 - April 27, 2018 for all others. Letters of acceptance or letters of regret will be sent by April 30, 2018 for kindergarten. For students in other grades, letters of acceptance or regret will be sent prior to the start of school. Click here for a printable timeline.

 

 

ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH?

Yes, all student enrollment applications are available in Spanish.

CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE MAGNET SCHOOL?

Yes, a total of three student enrollment applications can be submitted, including open choice and year round applications.

HOW ARE THE STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND A MAGNET SCHOOL?

All student applications are entered into a lottery pool. Based on the number of student seats available within the school and specific grade level, the lottery system will randomly select students for placement.

ARE THERE ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ATTENDANCE AT A MAGNET SCHOOL?

There is no charge to attend a New Hanover County magnet school. A student must, however, be a resident of New Hanover County to attend.

IS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?

Yes, transportation is provided for any magnet school student residing in New Hanover County.

DO I HAVE TO APPLY EVERY YEAR?

No, once accepted to a magnet school, a student can attend through the last grade at the school. However, NHCS does ask that parents/guardians sign an Intent to Continue form each year.

DOES A STUDENT'S YOUNGER SIBLING HAVE TO APPLY TO THE MAGNET SCHOOL FOR ACCEPTANCE?

Yes, an application does need to be completed for the younger sibling. However, they will receive "sibling privilege". Sibling privilege is described as follows: If there are any available seats at the magnet school, the younger sibling would be placed before a vacancy is filled.

DOES THE REGISTRATION/ENROLLMENT PROCESS NEED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE DISTRICT SCHOOL?

Yes, students should be enrolled in their district school prior to submitting a magnet school application.

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?

No. Upon acceptance to a magnet school, the district school will be notified and the student’s records/registration will be forwarded to the magnet school.