Selection Process

Designated seats at any Magnet/CTA are confirmed by the CCSD Demographics and Zoning Department.  Each elementary Magnet/CTA submits, by grade level, the number of open seats at the school and the number of students who will continue in the school during the next school year to the Magnet/CTA Department on a designated date.  The open Magnet/CTA seats are then assigned to students through a computerized, random selection process (the “lottery”).  Any applicants not selected during this initial lottery are placed into an alternate pool.

Should a student choose not to attend after being selected for a Magnet/CTA seat, the vacant seat will be assigned to a student in the alternate pool, through a computerized, random selection prior to the end of the second week of each school year.

Sibling Preference

It is the intent of CCSD to avoid separating siblings when possible.  If a sibling is already enrolled in and attending the Magnet/CTA to which his/her sibling applies, and the sibling will continue to be enrolled in the Magnet/CTA for the coming school year, CCSD will give a preference to the sibling to attend the Magnet/CTA, if they are qualified and select the school as their first choice.  To be eligible for the sibling preference the parent or guardian must submit an application online or a paper application to their 1st choice Magnet/CTA school by the designated application deadline.  Mailed applications are sent to the 1st choice Magnet/CTA school.

The District will reserve 25% of the available seats for qualified siblings.  If the qualified siblings who apply comprise more than 25% of the available seats, the District will randomly select students to fill the seats.  The names of those qualified siblings who are not selected will be placed in the general lottery. 

If applicants are twins/triplets (multiples) and one twin/triplet (multiple) is accepted through the general lottery, the other twin/triplet (multiple) will also be accepted into the program if they also applied to the same school and are qualified.

For purposes of the sibling preference, a sibling is a brother, sister, stepbrother, or stepsister living in the same household.  In the case of foster children, this sibling preference applies to related siblings within the household.  In a group home situation, only those students chosen through the lottery and their related siblings, if they have applied, will be included in the sibling preference.

Geographic Preference

Each Magnet/CTA’s geographic preference area is an area immediately surrounding a Magnet/CTA that is established by CCSD Demographics and Zoning Department.  In order to be considered as a geographic preference area student preference, the parent or guardian must submit an application online or a paper application to their 1st choice Magnet/CTA school by the designated application deadline.  Mailed applications are sent to the 1st choice Magnet/CTA school.

CCSD reserves 25% of the seats for qualified students who live in a geographic preference area and who apply for a Magnet/CTA.  If the geographic preference area students who apply comprise more than 25% of the available seats, the District will randomly select students to fill the seats.  The names of the students who are not selected will be placed in the general lottery.

Parents/guardians of students within the geographic preference area must be able to verify residence (i.e., a utility bill in their name). 

Feeder Magnet/CTAs

CCSD reserves 25% of the available seats in middle and high school programs for qualifying incoming students who attend a Magnet/CTA at the lower level.  If the qualified feeder preference students who apply comprise more than 25% of the available seats, the District will randomly select students to fill the seats.  The names of those students who are not selected will be placed in the general lottery. 

The parent or guardian must submit an application online or a paper application to their 1st choice Magnet/CTA school by the designated application deadline.  Mailed applications are sent to the 1st choice Magnet/CTA school.

Geographic & Transportation Preference for CTAs

Different percentages for the CTAs applicable geographic preference than the other Magnet Schools and the inclusion of an additional preference percentage for those students living in the designated transportation zones is utilized in order to facilitate the enrollment in the CTAs across the district.

The geographic preference area is an area immediately surrounding a Magnet/CTA that is established by CCSD Demographics and Zoning Department.  In order to be considered as a geographic preference area student, the parent or guardian must submit an application online or a paper application to their 1st choice Magnet/CTA school by the designated application deadline.  Mailed applications are sent to the 1st choice Magnet/CTA school.

The preference was established to allow qualified students that live in the area immediately surrounding the school a preference to attend the area school.  CCSD reserves 15% of the seats for students who live in a geographic preference area and who apply, as their 1st choice for the CTA, and meet the program qualifications.  If the geographic preference area students who apply and meet the qualifications comprise more than 15% of the available seats, the District will randomly select students to fill the seats.  The names of the students who are not selected will be placed in the general lottery.

The designated transportation zones were established to provide transportation to those qualified students who live within the designated transportation zones and who are selected to attend the CTA.  CCSD reserves 35% of the seats for students who live in the transportation zone of the CTA if they apply to the CTA as their 1st choice and meet the Magnet/CTA program qualifications.  If the transportation zone students who apply comprise more than 35% of the available seats, the District will randomly select students to fill the seats.  The names of the students who are not selected will be placed in the general lottery.

 

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