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Application Process for Magnet and choice schools delayed

Application Process for Magnet and choice schools delayed
Posted on 01/09/2019
Magnet and School Choice Delay

The application process for Charleston County School District has been delayed. The magnet/choice application timeline information will be updated and shared publicly after the January 28 Board of Trustees meeting.  The School Choice/ Magnet Committee presented recommendations to the Board of Trustees in December, and the Board asked for more information prior to taking the vote. The magnet/choice schools application timeline information will be updated and shared publicly once the new procedures are approved and finalized.

The approved magnet and choice changes include:

  • Magnet schools with entrance criteria should use outside adjudicators, including teachers from other schools, to avoid the appearance of bias and ensure entrance qualifications, expectations, and rubrics are communicated to all parents and teachers.
  • All partial magnet schools with low enrollment and applications should be examined and considered for elimination.
  • Paper (hard copy) options will be made available as part of the application process and assistance will be provided to parents as needed
  • The Choice Fair will be made available for all schools who choose to participate.
  • Standard courses will be developed and offered at all middle schools.
  • The core curriculum will be strengthened at every school, and during the budget process a recommendation will be made to provide additional support to help prepare students from high-poverty backgrounds for magnet/choice auditions at schools requiring them.
  • Consideration will be made to expand to a second campus for schools with entrance criteria and long waiting lists of qualified applicants.
  • Practices at all magnet schools will be reviewed and changes made as warranted such as, but not limited to, class size, continuation requirements, and re-auditioning rules.
  • Consider the 1998 recommendation from the Harvard study that stated "magnet schools which require a standardized test as part of the admissions process should use a minimum acceptance score which is not greater than the 65th percentile. Accommodating the top third of the students in the school system as eligible for the magnet school enrollment would not harm the admissions process".
  • During budget deliberations, consider expanding transportation to include additional magnet/choice schools.

2020 Goals Update

Also, the Board received five items from the District administration that are part of the Board-approved goals for the next two years. More detail regarding the two-year plan for each of the goals will be discussed in January. The five-goal items are:

  • Specifically, address middle schools, so they are staffed and supported to meet the needs of students, and engage all those who can provide input (students, educators, and community members).
  • Address the PreK-12 feeder patterns for Districts 4, 9, 10, 20, and 23.
  • Staff schools have that have traditionally performed at a low level with strong leaders, and provide those leaders with the support needed to accomplish academic improvement
  • Improve discipline in schools.
  • Seek out successful education programs outside the district (state or national) that have a track record of impacting achievement in low performing schools.

Visit CCSD's School Choice page.

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