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Historical look at Wake County’s magnet school applications

As Wake County families mull their hardship transfer requests over the next two weeks, some info on this year’s magnet school and calendar-option application results may be of use.

This year, Wake placed 2,725 out of 5,531 applicants into magnet schools, or 49.3 percent. Wake placed 420 out of the 1,006 people who requested the application schools, such as the early colleges, or 41.7 percent.

Wake placed 1,231 of the 2,204 applications to year-round schools, or 55.9 percent. Wake placed 723 of the 1,522 traditional-calendar applicants, or 47.5 percent.

I’ll get into more detail later, but here’s some quick highlights of the results:

The five new language immersion/global studies magnets had varying levels of interest. Broughton High School placed 60 of 192 applicants, Daniels Middle School placed 51 of 88 applicants.

Hodge Road Elementary School placed one of 14 applicants in its Spanish dual immersion program. Jeffreys Grove Elementary School placed 22 of 56 applicants in its Spanish full immersion program. Stough Elementary School placed 11 of 14 applicants in its Mandarin Chinese full immersion program.

The decision to offer ninth grade at the Vernon Malone College & Career Academy showed big dividends. The school placed 181 of the 256 applicants, including 96 of 152 rising freshmen. Without ninth grade, the school only received 133 applications last year.

One of the concerns from the Haddon Hall community when Baucom Elementary School was dropped as the base and made the calendar option was whether new students would still get in. Of the 44 applicants for kindergarten seats at Baucom, 19 were accepted. Wake gave top priority to those applicants whose older siblings were at Baucom but brand-new families had to hope for the best.

I’ve included links for the last decade of school-by-school application results.

Click here to view the 2015-16 magnet school results. Click here to view the 2015-16 application school results. Click here for the 2015-16 year-round application results. Click here for the 2015-16 traditional-calendar application results.

Click here to view a spreadsheet showing applications since the 2009-10 school year for magnet schools. Click here for the same spreadsheet including the application schools.

Click here to view the 2014-15 results.

Click here to view the 2013-14 results.

Click here for the 2012-13 results.

I omitted the 2012-13 results in the spreadsheets above because the choice plan sharply altered the way magnet applications were handled for that school year. For instance, people were automatically fed into their secondary school magnet feeder and some people got magnets on their choice list as there was no base schools used. The process went back to normal for the 2013-14 school year.

Click here to view the 2011-12 results.

Click here for the 2010-11 results.

Click here for the 2009-10 results.

Click here for the 2008-09 results.

Click here for the 2007-08 results.

Click here for the 2006-07 results.

Click here for the 2005-06 results.

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