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Taking applications for 2017-18: Nov. 1 – Jan. 31*

Expectations for Participation in Magnets and Specialized Schools
In order to participate in magnets and specialized schools, students must maintain good academic standing (attendance, behavior, grades, etc.) which requires a high level of commitment from students and parents.
  • Students must maintain an average of 75 or higher in all of their classes.
  • Students must accept responsibility for their actions and decisions.
  • Students must rise to academic challenges and demonstrate perseverance with difficult tasks.
  • Students must participate in service-learning and be an active member of the community.
  • Students must be committed to completing a post-secondary degree or certification.

Transportation
The district provides transportation routes from the middle schools and high schools across the district.  Students are transported to a central location and then rerouted to the magnet schools (Poe, Rhodes, Tafolla, Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Sam Houston, Jefferson, and Lanier) as well as to the Advanced Learning Academy and the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Leadership Academies.  Some routes pick up as early as 6:30 AM and drop off as late as 6:00 PM.  If you are applying to a school that is not listed, transportation is not provided, and it’s the parents’ responsibility to get students to and from school.

Application Information
Common Application
  • There is one application that can be completed for all schools. We highly encourage all applicants to use the online application form. You may use the “Printable Application Guide (English | Spanish)” as a reference to determine the information requested in the online application.
  • Students may select up to three schools to apply to, but must prioritize their choices.  If a student is accepted to their first choice school, then their second and third choice schools will never see their application.

Essay Prompts
Many schools require students or families (PK-2 applicants) to complete an essay. We recommend that you write the essay in another application such as Microsoft Word and then cut and paste the information into the online application.

Schools that require an essay include the Advanced Learning Academy, Brackenridge, Burbank, Edison, Fox Tech, Highlands, Sam Houston, Jefferson, Lanier, St. Philip’s, Travis, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. The prompt is “In 500 words or less, discuss why you have selected your first choice program and explain how participating in the program will help you achieve your goals for the future.”

YWLA applicants must also complete an additional essay by choosing one of the following prompts to respond to.  Prompt A: “School can be exciting, but it can also be very challenging.  Write about a time when you were challenged in school and how you overcame that challenge.” Prompt B: “Some people believe that a person is born "being smart" and will always be smart.  Other people believe that if you work hard, you can learn and grow to be smart.  Which do you believe?  Explain why and give specific examples in your answer.”

Teacher Recommendations and Additional Documentation
Travis Early College High School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy require applicants to submit teacher recommendations and supporting documentation with grades, attendance, and STAAR scores.  These items may be submitted directly to the campus or to the Charter, Magnet, and Summer Schools Department at the Burnet Center; 406 Barrera St. (Room 31); San Antonio, TX 78210.  Visit their school websites for more detailed information.  Teachers may complete their recommendations using this link.

Selection Process
All schools except Travis and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy will admit students using a lottery process.  This means that if a school has more applicants than seats, then applicants will be chosen at random to fill those seats and generate a waiting list.  If an applicant is not accepted to their first choice school, they will be placed on a waiting list and their application will be forwarded to their second choice school.  Travis and YWLA require applicants to meet a variety of admissions criteria.  Visit their school websites to learn more.

Timeline

November 2, 2016

District-wide Magnet Fair: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Alamo Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta Dr. (@ Stadium Dr.)
San Antonio, TX 78212

November and December 2016

Schools host open house events or individual campus visits

January 31, 2016

Application Deadline
  • Applications for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy are due by December 15th.
  • Applications from out-of-district students will be accepted for all programs as long as space is available.

March 10, 2016

Charter, Magnet and Summer Schools Department mails
notification letters to all applicants

March 31, 2016

Return signed Letters of Commitment to Charter, Magnet and
Summer Schools department


  

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