• 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.

  • Glossary of Terms

  • MAGNET SCHOOLS

    Magnet Schools in School District Five include schools/programs with a specialized focus or theme that offer unique curricula for students. These visionary and innovative programs are developed to produce graduates with world class knowledge, skills, and life and career characteristics while simultaneously helping schools attract students of diverse backgrounds and academic achievement levels. Most of our Magnet Schools are lottery-based but some have academic criteria. Acceptance to a magnet school or program allows the student to attend through the final grade level of that school.

     

    SCHOOLS OPEN TO CHOICE

    Schools Open to Choice include schools in the district that have available space. While the offerings may vary each year, many of the schools in School District Five are open to Choice. Each January, an application process and lottery opens for approximately 10 days for families to apply. Once a student is enrolled in a School Open to Choice, they do not need to reapply yearly. Acceptance to a School Open to Choice allows the student to attend through the final grade level of that school.

     

    ZONED SCHOOLS

    Zoned Schools are defined as the school that is aligned to your home address (also referred to as your school of residence).

     

    LOTTERY
    Applications to magnet programs/schools and schools open to choice are submitted and seats are offered via lottery for the following school year. Once an application is submitted and the lottery is run, a student may be offered a seat or may remain in the applicant pool. If a student is offered a seat, the parent/guardian must accept the seat for the process to be final. If a student remains in the applicant pool the parent/guardian should monitor their account closely. As seats become available, their account will automatically reflect an offer.

     

  • Piney Woods Choice Application (2021-2022)

  • How do I apply for PWES for my student?

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    The PWES 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 Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59p.m.

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  • How many selections are allowed on the PWES Choice application?

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    Rising kindergarten-5th grade students will have one choice option, PWES. Only complete this application if you want PWES as the FIRST choice for your child over other Choice & Magnet programs.

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  • When can I apply for PWES?

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    The application opens on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:00am. The application closes on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59pm. Notifications will be sent by 5:00pm on Monday, April 12, 2021. You will be able to accept or decline your seat by Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:59pm.

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  • How are students selected for PWES?

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    While our goal is to fulfill every choice request, that is not always possible, as programs are limited by space availability. Students applying for PWES will be selected by a random lottery. District Five uses a third party online platform to conduct a fair, equitable and efficient process.

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  • Does this application forfeit my student’s spot at a Magnet or Choice program/school?

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    If you choose PWES as your choice on this application, are selected through the random lottery, and accept the offer, then you will lose your seat at any other Magnet or Choice program/school.

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  • Is my student committed to attending PWES for the entire year?

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    You can leave PWES at any time during the 2021-22 school year to return to your zoned school, but will not be able to return to PWES later in the school year nor will you be able to attend a magnet school that you are not zoned to attend.  You would have to reapply to attend a Magnet or School of Choice for the 2022-23 school year.

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  • FIVE Choice Application (2021-2022)

  • How do I apply for FIVE for my student?

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    The FIVE 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 Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:59p.m.

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  • How many selections are allowed on the FIVE Choice application?

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    Rising kindergarten-12th grade students will have one choice option, FIVE. Only complete this application if you want FIVE as the FIRST choice for your child over other Choice & Magnet programs.

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  • When can I apply for FIVE?

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    The application opens on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00pm. The application closes on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:59pm. Notifications will be sent by 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. You will be able to accept or decline your seat by Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59pm.

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  • How are students selected for FIVE?

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    While our goal is to fulfill every choice request, that is not always possible, as programs are limited by space availability. Students applying for the FIVE virtual program will be selected by a random lottery. District Five uses a third party online platform to conduct a fair, equitable and efficient process.

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  • What is the attendance zone for FIVE?

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    The FIVE virtual program does not have a zoned population, and students interested in this program MUST apply to be considered for admission.

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  • My student is currently attending FIVE. Do I need to apply?

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    Yes, all students interested in attending FIVE for the 2021-2022 school year must apply.

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  • Where can I find more information about FIVE?

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    Click here for more information about FIVE for the 2021-2022 school year. Information is continuously updated so please check back frequently.

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  • If my high school student attends FIVE, can they still participate in classes at The Center?

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    Students enrolled in FIVE may utilize existing transportation routes if they are attending a class at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) if transportation routes are available during scheduled class times.  If not, students will need to provide their own transportation to participate in classes at The Center.  Students in FIVE will also be required to report in person for mandated testing and personal transportation may be required for onsite assessments.

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  • Can my student participate in after-school clubs and sports if they attend FIVE?

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    After-school clubs and sports will be connected to the student’s homeschool. Performing Arts programs, such as Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Dance, and Theatre that require a class during the school day as well as after school practices and performances, will not be available in FIVE.

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  • Does this application forfeit my student’s spot at a Magnet or Choice program/school?

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    If you choose FIVE as your choice on this application, are selected through the random lottery, and accept the offer, then you will lose your seat at any other Magnet or Choice program/school.

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  • Is my student committed to attending FIVE for the entire year?

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    You can leave FIVE at any time during the 2021-22 school year to return to your zoned school, but will not be able to return to FIVE later in the school year nor will you be able to attend a magnet school that you are not zoned to attend.  You would have to reapply to attend a Magnet or School of Choice for the 2022-23 school year.

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  • General

  • What are the District Five Magnet Schools?

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    Dutch Fork Elementary School (DFES) Academy of Environmental Sciences

    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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  • What are the District Five Schools Open to Choice?

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    Harbison West Elementary School (HWES)

    Irmo Elementary School (IES)

    Oak Pointe Elementary School (OPES)

    River Springs Elementary School (RSES)

    CrossRoads Intermediate School (CRIS)

    Chapin High School (CHS)

    Dutch Fork High School (DFHS)

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  • What District Five schools do not have sufficient capacity to be open to choice?

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    Ballentine Elementary School (BES)

    Chapin Elementary School (CES)

    Lake Murray Elementary School (LMES)

    Chapin Intermediate School (CIS)

    Chapin Middle School (CMS)

    Dutch Fork Middle School (DFMS)

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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 Sunday, 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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  • Can I change my application selections?

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    Prior to the application closing on January 24 at 5:00pm, you can log back in to your application and adjust your first and/or second choice. 

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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 15, 2021.  For all other Choice & Magnet programs, selection notifications will be sent on Friday, February 5, 2021.

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  • After Placement