Westerville City Schools will host a Magnet Program Fair from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Heritage Middle School, which is located at 390 North Spring Road. During the Magnet Fair, families will have the opportunity to learn about the three program options available. There will be displays providing a visual for each program, as well as staff members available to answer questions.
The Magnet Program consists of three options: Math/Science, World Cultures, and Arts. Emerson Elementary School will continue to host the World Cultures program, while Hanby Elementary will continue to host the Arts program and the Math/Science program. During the 2015-2016 school year, as part of the Board of Education’s commitment to restore the program back to grades 1-5, each strand will add one class of first grade students. These measures conclude the planned Magnet Program restoration to one classroom per grade, per program.
In addition to the Magnet Fair on March 4, magnet school tours will be offered at each building. Emerson, located at 44 North Vine Street, will open for viewing on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. Hanby, located at 56 South State Street, will be open that same day from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. During this time, families will have the opportunity to take self guided tours of each building.
Magnet Program applications will become available and accepted from February 23 through March 20, 2015. New this year, the application will be available for completion online. The application process does not use a first come, first served approach. All applications, as long as they are received by the deadline, will be processed identically. The district on April 10 will complete the random selection of applications to fill program seats in grades 1 and 2 for the 2015-16 school year. Parents whose children will be in the third, fourth or fifth grade next year also may submit a Magnet application, if interested. These applications will be included in the random selection process and used to fill any potential vacancies in the program at those grade levels. Applicants will identify one program choice, and they will retain the right to refuse any seat that is offered as a result of the random selection process. Notifications will be sent on April 17, 2015, to all Magnet Program applicants to inform them of their status.
For further updates, please visit www.wcsoh.org/magnet.