So the beginning of a new year is here and it may only be halfway through the academic year, but it’s time for the CMS magnet lottery. While there are 3 rounds of magnet lotteries offered, to ensure a space in the magnet school of your choice, it is important to enter the 1st round of applications. The first round closes on January 25!

Important dates to know to ensure your child is admitted into the lottery for a magnet school for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

Student Assignment Notification letters begin arriving in homes:   first week of December 2015

This is the letter to explain  they are currently attending unless they are aging out ( elementary to middle, middle to high).

Keep this letter, the letter contains your child’s SID and pin. The SID is the school ID number. It is how your child is identified in CMS and is required to complete an application for the magnet lottery. Middle and high school students will probably know this number. For some elementary students, check their name tag, the SID may be found there, or on their powerschool page screen. The pin is located on the letter or is available by calling your child’s current school. The pin is, also, necessary to complete the lottery application.

When do I need to apply for a magnet school?

Application period for the first lottery:  December 4, 2015 – January 25, 2016 at 10:00pm

Not sure of the magnet options available? Make sure to attend the:

School Options Fair at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology:  January 9, 2016 9:00am-1:00pm

When will I know if my child got into their desired magnet school?

Lottery notification letters for first lottery arrive in homes:   late February 2016

Request for Reassignment period for 1st lottery:  December 4, 2015 – March 18, 2016

Application period for second lottery: March 7, 2016 – June 6, 2016 at 10:00

What if I don’t have access to a computer or have additional magnet lottery questions?

Go to the Smith Family Center’s magnet office for assistance and applications located at:

Smith Family Center

1600 Tyvola Road

Charlotte, NC 28210

Phone: 980-343-5030

Who gets a priority in the magnet lottery?

The lottery is used to assign students to school options programs. The lottery runs on the following priorities:

1. Students who live within the designated Magnet Proximity Area of a whole magnet school (typically a 1⁄3 mile radius around the school).

2. Students who live in the magnet transportation zone will be admitted in order of lottery number, so long as the maximum number of students admitted from any one elementary home school is proportional to the total number of potential applicants in the transportation zone.

3. All students who live in a magnet transportation zone will be admitted in order of lottery number.

4. All students who live outside the magnet transportation zone will be admitted in order of lottery number (transportation will not be provided)

Still feeling confused or overwhelmed?

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