Ready to pick a school?
Students and families are invited to learn more about specialty schools at the annual Guilford County Schools Magnet Fair on Saturday.
The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion.
Parents can find out about the 54 magnet programs offered in GCS and see which ones might be right for their children. Parents also can submit applications to schools they are interested while they are there.
Also, high school option nights began last week and continue through February. The events gives parents the chance to explore various options for students, including the district’s newest option for high schoolers, the AP Academy at Western Guilford.
In 2014-15, there will be 17 magnet elementary schools, 10 magnet middle and 22 magnet high schools. Applications will be accepted between Jan. 25 and Feb. 21. Families typically are notified by April whether their students’ applications are accepted or denied.
A topic parents may have to consider for magnet schools is transportation. School officials currently are looking at possible transportation cutbacks to magnet schools to fill an $8 million budget gap. The board has not yet made any decisions.
The board historically has provided transportation to magnet schools, but could do away with or restructure magnet and high school option transportation as a cost-cutting measure.
Officials said there will be a transportation information table at the fair on Saturday, where parents can learn more about transportation options. The Guilford Count Board of Education is expected to make decisions on transportation soon so parents and students can know the transportation situation before deciding whether to attend a magnet or high school option program.
Most magnet and high school option programs are open to all students systemwide, although some, such as duplicate programs like arts or International Baccalaureate programs, are based on attendance zones.
High School option nights
• Wednesday, Jan. 29, Jesse Wharton Elementary, 5813 Lake Brandt Road, Greensboro
• Monday, Feb. 3, Murphey Traditional Academy, 2306 Ontario St., Greensboro
• Thursday, Feb. 6, Parkview Village Expressive Arts Elementary, 325 Gordon St., High Point
• Monday, Feb. 10, Pleasant Garden Elementary, 4833 Pleasant Garden Road, Pleasant Garden