Parents, community members, and District staff often have questions about Magnet/CTA/Select Schools. In an effort to assist school personnel who may not be familiar with the CCSD Magnet/CTA/Select procedures, the following questions and answers were developed.
For more information, you may call the Magnet Department at (702) 799-8492 or contact the individual Magnet/CTA/Select School.
What are Magnet/CTA programs?
CCSD magnet programs offer learning opportunities related to various themes for interested students. Students from across the District may apply to a magnet program regardless of the region in which they reside, however, transportation will only be provided to students living within the designated transportation boundary for the magnet program. The purposes of magnet programs are to improve student achievement, promote diversity, and create an awareness of career opportunities relative to the fields of study in which students may be interested.
What are Select Schools?
The five (5) CCSD Select Schools are designed to provide families with additional school choice options. Select Schools offer outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, Advanced Placement courses, and other specialized programs. Many CTE programs offer industry certification for students who complete the entire course of study. The focus of CTE is to ensure that all students have access to rigorous, blended college-preparatory and career-oriented programs that lead to marketable skills for the 21st Century.
What grade levels are served?
Students in grades 1 – 10 are eligible for acceptance into a Magnet, CTA, or Select School. Magnet Schools serve students in grades 1 – 12. CTAs and Select Schools serve students in grades 9 – 12. Any student in grades K–9 who will be living within the boundaries of CCSD may apply for a Magnet, CTA, or Select School program.
Why only grades 1-10?
Magnet programs begin in 1st grade to allow time for students to gain an understanding of the purpose of school and to develop interests during the kindergarten year. Most secondary magnet programs only accept 9th and 10th grade students because they have programs of study in which a student must participate for a minimum of three years. Additionally, it is suggested that students do not enter into a CTE program past grade 10 so that they may complete a program of study. Students do not have to reapply annually to Magnet, CTA, or Select Program, provided they are meeting all program and school requirements.
How many schools have Magnet/CTA/Select Programs?
There are currently 42 Magnet, CTA, and Select school campuses including ten elementary schools, ten middle schools, and twenty-two high schools. At the 1st, 6th, and 9th grade levels, there are a set number of seats available. At other grade levels, available seats will depend on how many students have exited the program. Magnet, CTA, and Select Schools are located throughout the valley. Information on school locations is available using the “school finder” feature on the magnet.ccsd.net website.
What are the admission requirements for a Magnet/CTA/Select program?
Entry to an elementary or middle school magnet program is interest-based. After researching schools and program offerings, parents/guardians of interested students must submit an online or paper application to up to three Magnet School(s) or programs by the annual specified deadline. If there are more applications than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be used to select students. Entry to a high school magnet or CTA program is criteria and interest-based. After researching schools and program offerings, parents/guardians of interested students must submit an online or paper application on or before the annually specified deadline. Students must meet the minimum qualifying criteria in order to be considered in the lottery process. If there are more qualified applicants than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be used to select students. Entry to a select school program is interest-based. However, there may be prerequisites necessary to participate in certain areas of study. These prerequisites can be obtained by contacting the desired select school. After researching schools and program offerings, parents/guardians of interested students must submit an online or paper application on or before the annually specified deadline. If there are more qualified applicants than there are seats available, a computerized random lottery will be used to select students.
Will transportation be provided?
Yes, transportation is provided for students residing within transportation zones for the school. It is the responsibility of the parent to verify transportation eligibility. Transportation zones may be viewed at: http://magnet.ccsd.net .
Are siblings kept together when they apply to the same school?
It is the intent of CCSD to avoid separating siblings when possible, but there is no guarantee that both siblings will be selected to the same school. The only exception is made for twins/triplets (multiples). If one twin/triplet (multiple) is accepted, the other twin/triplet (multiple), if qualified, will automatically be offered a seat at the same school.
May a home school, private school, or charter school student apply toMagnet, CTA, or Select Schools?
Yes. These students must submit an application to a Magnet, CTA, or Select school of their choice. If they qualify, are accepted, and choose to enroll, they must attend the Magnet, CTA, or Select school as full-time students and are not permitted to attend as a part-time student to take individual classes.
Will my child have the opportunity to participate in after-school and extracurricular activities (i.e., football, basketball) in the Magnet, CTA, and Select Schools?
Since many of the after-school activities are closely related to the regular instructional program, every effort will be made to provide Magnet, CTA, or Select school students with these opportunities. At Basic, Bonanza, Chaparral, Clark, Canyon Springs, Del Sol, Desert Pines, Eldorado, Mojave, Rancho, Spring Valley, SECTA, Silverado, Valley, and Western high schools, the students may participate in any sports or activities currently offered at that school. All Clark County School District (CCSD) and Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association (NIAA) rules and regulations apply. Specific information applicable to students in Magnet/CTA is included in the NIAA Handbook, NAC 386.787. ATECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, and Las Vegas Academy do not participate in the NIAA athletics but offer many extracurricular activities in which students can participate. If a student attends ATECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy, it is the responsibility of the parent and student to check with the student’s zoned school in regard to eligibility for participation in sports and other activities (i.e. football, basketball). Athletes attending ATECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy are responsible for their own transportation to the zoned school in order to participate in practices, matches, and games.
Will my child have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities (i.e., cheerleading, pep squads, etc.) at his/her zoned school?
If a student attends ATECH, VTCTA, ECTA, NWCTA, SWCTA, WCTA, or the Las Vegas Academy, the parent and student must check with the student’s zoned school inregard to eligibility for participation.
If my child attends a Magnet program in an elementary or middle school, may he/she continue in these programs at the middle or high school level?
Yes, but placement is not guaranteed. All students must submit an application to up to three Magnet, CTA, or Select schools or programs by the annually specified application deadline. The District reserves 25% of the available seats in middle and high school programs for qualifying incoming students who attended a feeder school at the lower level. Those students who are not selected in this 25% will be placed in the general lottery.
Can my child enter a program in high school?
Acceptance into Magnet, CTAs, and Select Schools is based on specific admission procedures and/or requirements. These may be met without being enrolled in a Magnet School prior to middle school or high school.
Will my child receive all the educational services available to him/her in a regular school?
Magnet, CTA, and Select School students will receive the educational services that the District provides to students in each of its schools.
Are there any costs associated with entrance into Magnet, CTA, or Select Schools?
No application, tuition, or entrance fees are charged for admission. Some schools or programs may require a nominal program fee for enrolled students. Contact individual school sites for information regarding program fees.
If my child does not like the Magnet/CTA/Select program, can he/she transfer to his/her zoned school?
The Magnet, CTA, or Select School shall be considered the home school of students who are selected and who are in attendance at the beginning of the school year. Students who are accepted and confirm attendance on the Letter of Intent are expected to attend the Magnet, CTA, or Select School for at least one school year.