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Wake County extends magnet school application period to Jan. 29

Amelia Ewens, 5, listens to a Emily Hardee, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School's Magnet coordinator, left, talk during a Magnet Mini Fair at Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary, N.C., January 6, 2016. The magnet school application period has been extended to Jan. 29, 2016.
Amelia Ewens, 5, listens to a Emily Hardee, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School's Magnet coordinator, left, talk during a Magnet Mini Fair at Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary, N.C., January 6, 2016. The magnet school application period has been extended to Jan. 29, 2016. ehyman@newsobserver.com

The Wake County school system has extended the magnet school application period a week to Jan. 29.

The application deadline was originally Jan. 22. School officials say the reason for the one-week extension is to give parents more time to try to get their children into a magnet school for the 2016-17 school year.

“We are extending the deadline because we realize that parents have a lot going on during the first week or two of January following winter break,” said Michael Yarbrough, a Wake County school spokesman. “We discovered that we are able to extend the deadline a week without delaying the assignment process.”

The extension of the magnet application period is changing some other dates.

Families were originally supposed to find out on Feb. 5 if their magnet application was successful. The results will now be posted a week later on Feb. 12.

The early transfer application period is also being pushed back as a result. Instead of running from Feb. 8-12, it will now go from Feb. 15-22.

Examples of requests during the early transfer period include people who want to return to their base school. This includes current or newly accepted magnet students who want out of the program. Students who’ve previously been attending their calendar-option school might also apply then to return to base.

Back to base requests during the early transfer period are automatically approved.

Early transfer requests will also be automatically approved for students who are “grandfathering” to remain at their current school even though their address has been reassigned to a different school for the 2016-17 school year. This includes rising fourth, fifth, and eighth-graders going to one of the new elementary or middle schools or current students being reassigned to an existing school.

Also covered during the early transfer period are requests from parents to have their children attend the same school that a sibling is now at and will still be at during the 2016-17 school year. This group includes cases where the younger sibling wants to be with an older sibling who is eligible for grandfathering.

Another group is school employees who will automatically have their request approved to have their children attend the school where they work at or a school with space at the appropriate grade level.

The early transfer period is also when the calendar-option period is open, such as families assigned to traditional-calendar schools applying to year-round schools, or vice versa. These requests are not automatically approved and are subject to seat availability.

Results will be posted March 1.

Go to http://www.wcpss.net/Page/276 for more information on the early transfer period, including which requests will come with school transportation and which ones will not.

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