• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • District Five Choice and Magnet programs offer a variety of options to families who live in the District Five attendance zone. Students may apply to any school in the district that has space available to accommodate additional students or to apply to a Magnet school or Magnet program.

  • General

  • What are the District Five Magnet Schools?

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    Dutch Fork Elementary School (DFES) Academy of Environmental Studies 

    H.E. Corley Elementary School (HECES) Leadership Magnet and Montessori Magnet

    Harbison West Elementary School (HWES) Escolares Academy

    Leaphart Elementary School (LES) STEAM Magnet

    Nursery Road Elementary School (NRES) Arts Magnet

    Seven Oaks Elementary School (SOES) MEDIA Magnet 

    Irmo Middle School (IMS) International Academic Magnet and I AM Escolares 

    Dutch Fork High School (DFHS) STEM Magnet Program

    Irmo High School (IHS) International School for the Arts, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, This is Escolares

    Spring Hill High School (SHHS) Career Pathways Magnet

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  • Is transportation provided for students selecting Choice and Magnet options?

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    Transportation is provided to the all-choice magnet high school (SHHS) by way of the student’s zoned high school since SHHS does not have an attendance zone.  

    District Five has committed to provide transportation for students enrolling in the new Discover 5 Magnet programs in cooperation with funding from an MSAP grant. These options include: IB Career-related Program at IHS, Montessori at H.E. Corley Elementary, Nursery Road Elementary School - Arts Magnet and Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet. The District continues to explore ways to expand transportation for all magnet students.

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  • What options are available for 4K students?

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    There are several options available for 4K students. Montessori at H.E. Corley is available through the Choice and Magnet lottery. For all other 4K options you may visit the District Five 4K Education Programs page to learn more about our programs.

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  • Program Specific

  • If we live in the Irmo cluster, can we choose between CRIS and 6th grade at IMS?

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    No, 6th grade at IMS is a non-zoned grade. All rising 6th grade students interested in attending either the I AM Escolares program or the International Academic Magnet at IMS must apply, regardless of their school zone.

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  • Will I use the online Choice and Magnet application for the Criteria Based programs?

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    Yes, you will use the same Choice and Magnet application for the Criteria Based programs. However, there is an earlier application window for each and additional questions may be necessary.

     

    Escolares Academy (rising 2nd graders):  November 12, 2020 - November 29, 2020

    Escolares Academy (rising 3rd-5th graders):  November 12, 2020 - December 13, 2020

    IAM Escolares (rising 6th graders):  December 7, 2020 - January 10, 2021

    This Is Escolares (rising 9th graders):  December 7, 2020 - January 10, 2021

    STEM (rising 9th graders):  December 7, 2020 - January 10, 2021

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  • Application Process

  • How do I apply for Choice and Magnet for my student?

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    The Choice & Magnet application is available online through d5choiceapp.com.  While the preferred and quickest method to apply is online, hard copy (paper) applications will be available upon request at each school and the District Office.  Hard copy applications must be received at the District Office (Attn: Amanda Neel, 1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063) by Friday, January 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

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  • When can I apply for Choice & Magnet programs and schools?

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    Please note different programs have different timelines as listed below:

    Escolares Academy (rising 2nd graders):  November 12, 2020 - November 29, 2020

    Escolares Academy (rising 3rd-5th graders):  November 12, 2020 - December 13, 2020

    Secondary Criteria-based Programs (IAM Escolares, This Is Escolares, STEM):  December 7, 2020 - January 10, 2021

    Magnet Schools and Programs:  January 11, 2021 - January 24, 2021

    Schools open to Choice:  January 11, 2021 - January 24, 2021

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  • How many Choice & Magnet program selections are allowed on the application?

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    Applicants have the option to select two choices and must rank order these choices. However, if the applicant is only interested in one selection, a second choice is not required.

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  • I have more than one student. Is a separate application necessary for each student?

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    Yes, an application must be completed for each student.

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  • Can a student with a disability participate in District Five Choice and Magnet programs?

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    All students in District Five are eligible to apply and participate in the lottery selection for the District’s Choice and Magnet programs.  Students with disabilities will be provided with equitable access to the schools and programs that are consistent with the child’s IEP.

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  • My student resides outside of District Five. How should I apply?

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    You may apply for tuition admission for your student through the Office of Planning & Administration at (803) 476-8000.

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  • Do I need to apply for my zoned school?

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    No, you do not need to apply to your zoned school unless you are interested in a non-zoned magnet or a criteria-based magnet.

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  • Selection Process

  • How are students selected for Choice and Magnet programs?

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    Students are selected through a random lottery process.  District Five uses a third party online platform (SmartChoice) to conduct a fair, equitable and efficient process. 

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  • Are children of employees applying to Magnet programs given special consideration?

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    No, children of employees are not given special consideration in the lottery process for magnet programs.  If the student is interested in a magnet program, they must apply through the online Choice & Magnet application and go through the random lottery.

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  • Are children of employees applying to a School of Choice given preferential treatment?

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    Provided there is space available and the employee qualifies under the district’s policy for transfers of their child(ren). District Policy JFBA (Intra-District Transfers and Withdrawal) states an employee must be a (.6 - 1.0) FTE; their children may enroll at the employee’s school, the appropriate grade level school in the high school attendance zone (cluster boundary) of the employee’s location or an appropriate grade level en route to the employee’s school.

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  • When will I know if my student has been selected for a Choice & Magnet program?

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    Selection notifications are sent out via email. For Criteria-based programs, selection notifications will be sent on Friday, January 25, 2021.  For all other Choice & Magnet programs, selection notifications will be sent on Friday, February 5, 2021.

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  • After Placement