Krista Eisenman, Secretary
Magnet Lottery Draw Invitation Notification / Filling of Seats
With the magnet lottery draw concluded, the process for notification and the filling of seats is as follows:
- Invitation letters will be sent via USPS mail May 22, 2014. Due to federal privacy laws the district is not permitted to discuss student placement over the phone.
- Families receiving an invitation as a result of the lottery draw must accept the invitation to the program by 4:30 p.m. on May 30, 2014, either by mail, fax (797-5701) or in person at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive. Failure to notify of one’s intention by 4:30 p.m. on May 30, 2014 will render the invitation to attend as a parent/guardian decline.
- Following the acceptance time frame, any unfilled seats will be filled by the next student on the draw list based on home school, then the next student on the draw list based on second choice requests.
Westerville City Schools offers a limited Magnet School Program in the district. The magnet programs provide an alternative to the traditional delivery of content through the lenses of Math and Science, The Arts, and World Cultures. Many of the traditional, neighborhood schools are exploring alternative delivery styles for students. Please contact your building principal to learn what approaches are available for your student.
Magnet Program Update
The Westerville City School District Board of Education recently has committed to restoring the elementary Magnet School Program over the next two years. Restoring the program at a smaller scale not only retains academic program options for elementary families, but also avoids the immediate need to redraw elementary attendance boundaries had the program been allowed to sunset as once proposed.
Please review the following information carefully.
Magnet Program Options
- The Magnet Program will continue to consist of three options: Math/Science, World Cultures, and Arts.
Magnet Program Locations
- Emerson Elementary will continue to host the World Cultures program, while Hanby Elementary will continue to host the Arts program and the Math/Science program.
- Questions regarding the Math/Science Magnet Program or the Arts Magnet Program at Hanby please call Principal Jan Fedorenko at 614.797.7100 or email her at email@example.com.
- Questions regarding the World Cultures Magnet Program at Emerson please call Principal Vicki Jarrell at 614.797.7080 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Robert Frost Elementary will no longer serve as a Math/Science program site, except for those students presently enrolled in and completing the Magnet Program at that location.
- The former Magnet Program sites of Central College and Longfellow elementaries will remain off-line.
Magnet Program Restoration
- The district has not held a Magnet Lottery the past two school years. As a result, program enrollment presently consists of students in grades 3 through 5. Either one or two classrooms serve a particular grade’s enrollment within a particular program.
- Magnet Program students currently in grades 3 and 4 will retain their seats in subsequent school years as they advance through and complete the program.
- New seats will be made available next school year (2014-15) in grades 2 and 3 for each program option.
- The final step in restoring the program will be to add first-grade seats beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
- When Magnet Program restoration is complete two school years from now, there will be one classroom per grade, per program, for a total of 15 classrooms serving 375 Magnet Program students.
Magnet Program Applications and Lottery
- Magnet Program applications will become available and accepted from May 5 through May 19, 2014. Please know the application process does not use a “first come, first serve” approach. All applications, as long as they are received by the deadline, are processed identically.
- The district will hold a Magnet Lottery the week of May 19, 2014, to fill program seats in grades 2 and 3 for the 2014-15 school year.
- Parents whose children will be in the fourth or fifth grade next year also may submit a Magnet application, if interested. These applications will be included in the lottery and used to fill any potential vacancies in the program at those grade levels.
- Per Administrative Guideline 2350, every district elementary school will receive a seat allocation for the Magnet Program as determined by percentage of total enrollment using the October 2013 count.
- Establishing seat allocations for each elementary school serves two purposes: to alleviate potential overcrowding at some elementary buildings, and to ensure representation in the Magnet Program from all elementary schools.
- Applicants will still be permitted to identify a first and second program choice, and they will retain the right to refuse any seat that is offered as a result of the Lottery process.
- The Lottery process includes safeguards to ensure that every school has the opportunity to fill its allocation of seats prior to the use of secondary processes to fill any remaining vacancies.
- Notifications will be sent the week of May 26, 2014, to all Magnet Program applicants to notify them of their status.
- The district held a Magnet Program Open House at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at Hanby Elementary School. Following a 45-minute general presentation about the three program options available, families were able to visit both Hanby and Emerson elementary schools to tour these facilities.
- Magnet applications and other information were distributed home in children’s backpacks, via e-mail, and by U.S. mail for families that have not registered an e-mail address in PowerSchool. Applications are also available at each school through May 19, 2014.