• 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. If the student returns to their zoned school and then wishes to return back to their magnet option, they must wait until the next school year and reapply during the application window.

     

    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.  If the student returns to their zoned school and then wishes to return back to their choice option, they must wait until the next school year and reapply during the application window.

     

    FIVE

    School District Five’s Flexible Innovative Virtual Education (FIVE) is the virtual program for Kindergarten through 12th grade students, providing a comprehensive online educational program where they receive rigorous academic instruction and social/emotional guidance provided by our own School District Five educators. This option includes live classroom instruction with School District Five teachers, along with independent work and activities for students.

     

    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.

     


  • 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)

    Piney Woods Elementary (PWE)

    River Springs Elementary School (RSES)

    CrossRoads Intermediate School (CRIS)

    Chapin High School (CHS)

    Dutch Fork High School (DFHS)

    FIVE (Flexible Innovative Virtual Education)

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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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    Students selecting to attend a choice or magnet option outside of their attendance zone must provide their own transportation. 

    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.  

    Transportation is available upon request to the Discover 5 schools through funding provided by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant.  The Discover 5 Magnet programs 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. 

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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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  • If we live in the Irmo cluster, do we need to apply for This Is Escolares at Irmo High School?

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    All rising 9th grade students interested in attending This Is Escolares at IHS must apply, regardless of their school zone. If the student was in Escolares Academy at HWES or I AM Escolares at IMS, they will still need to fill out an application for This Is Escolares.

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  • If we live in the Dutch Fork cluster, do we need to apply for the STEM program at DFHS?

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    All rising 9th grade students interested in attending the STEM program at DFHS 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 & 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):  Thursday,  November 11, 2021 - Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Escolares Academy (rising 3rd-5th graders): Thursday,  November 11, 2021 - Sunday,  December 12, 2021

    IAM Escolares (rising 6th graders): Sunday,  December 9, 2021 - Sunday,  January 9, 2022

    This Is Escolares (rising 9th graders):  Sunday,  December 9, 2021 - Sunday,  January 9, 2022

    STEM (rising 9th graders):  Sunday,  December 9, 2021 - Sunday,  January 9, 2022

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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 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: Lavenda Frick /Magnet Office, 1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063) by Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 11:59 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): Thursday,  November 11, 2021 - Sunday, November 28, 2021

    Escolares Academy (rising 3rd-5th graders):  Thursday, November 11, 2021 - Sunday, December 12, 2021

    Secondary Criteria-based Programs (IAM Escolares, This Is Escolares, STEM):  Monday, December 6, 2021 - Sunday, January 9, 2022

    Magnet Schools and Programs:  Monday, January 10, 2022 - Sunday, January 30, 2022

    Schools open to Choice:  Monday, January 10, 2022 - Sunday, January 30, 2022

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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. Applicants do not need to list their zoned school as a choice unless it is for a program within a school such as Montessori at HEC or STEM at DFHS.

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  • Can I change my application selections?

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    Prior to the application closing on January 30th at 11:59 pm, 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 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 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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    Notifications are sent out via email. For Criteria-based programs, qualification notifications will be sent on Friday, January 21, 2022.  Choice and magnet program selection notifications will be sent on Friday, February 4, 2022.

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  • After Placement