What do I need to know?

    Information on Applying to Elementary and Middle School Magnet Programs

    Where do I go to get information about my magnet options?

    Please explore our Guilford County Schools Catalog to learn more about our 125 schools. The Magnet Schools webpage has more information about the magnet options available.

    During the application window – February 5- March 4, 2020 – there were many opportunities to learn more about our choice schools and programs:

    • Choice Showcase - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center
    • Open Houses – dates and times for each school will be posted on the GCS Magnet Schools webpage
    • Tuesday Tours – February 11 & 18 for all magnet/choice schools and February 25 for elementary and middle schools only – times for each school will be posted on the Magnet webpage


    How do I access the online magnet application?

    The link to the online magnet application will be available and posted on the GCS website main page, on the Magnet Schools page and shared through multiple social media outlets.  

    Click here to access the online magnet application.

    You can also view a brief video here.

    Step One:

    Clicking on this link will take you to a Welcome Page where you will be asked to create a family account. Each family should create ONE family account for all of the children in the household. Families will be required to provide a cell phone number or email address as part of the application process. Families may select an alternate language to complete the process.  Only parents/legal guardians are permitted to complete applications for students.


    Step Two:

    Complete a separate application for each child who is applying for a magnet program. A list of available schools based on your attendance zone will appear. Select the schools that you wish to apply to and list them in order of preference. Read the Magnet Schools procedures carefully before completing the requested information. Once you submit the application, you may not make any further changes so fill in each area carefully.


    What information will I need to have available as I am completing the application?

    • Mobile/cell phone number and/or email address
    • Home address
    • GCS Student ID number if student is currently enrolled in GCS (same as student’s lunch number)
    • PowerSchool Student ID number, if student is currently enrolled in a charter school
    • Current school name, if applicable
    • School assignment by attendance zone for next school year (Use the School Assignment Locator, if you are unsure.)

    If applying to Brown Summit Middle Center for Advanced Academics, students will also need to upload the following documents:

    • An electronic copy of last year’s final report card
    • An electronic copy of this year’s most recent report card
    • An electronic copy of last year’s math and reading EOG scores


    How many schools can I apply to?

    Each child may apply for up to three elementary magnet schools. You will be asked to rank order the schools by preference. Select your first choice school as number one.

    Each child may apply for up to three middle school magnet programs unless they wish to apply for Brown Summit Middle Center for Advanced Academics. If Brown Summit is one of the selected schools, families may select up to four choices. Brown Summit Center for Advanced Academics has a separate criteria-based application that is not part of the magnet lottery so if selected, Brown Summit should be listed as the student’s last choice. This will not impact the selection process for Brown Summit and will ensure that the student also has a chance to be considered for his/her first choice in the lottery.

    The only choice available for pre-kindergarten applicants will be one Montessori magnet school.

    The application deadline was March 4, 2020.  Applications submitted after 5 pm March 4 will not be included in the initial selection process, but will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications entered after March 4 will be considered in the second round selection process, if space is available.


    When will I know if my child has been offered a magnet seat?

    Families will receive notification of magnet seat offers by March 31, 2020. Notifications will be communicated by email or text according to the notification method selected when families set up their account. Families must accept or decline offers by April 8, 2020.  Wait Pool offers may be made based on space-availability.

    Once a family has accepted an offer from a magnet school, they will receive a link to request transportation and information from the school to complete the enrollment and registration process.


    Who do I contact if I need help?

    For technical assistance, contact support@schoolmint.com.

    For general questions about the magnet/choice programs or the magnet application process, contact the Magnet Office (336-279-4934)

    For school assignment questions, contact the Student Assignment Office (336-370-8303).

    For questions about specific school programs, contact the school directly.