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Magnet Programs Overview

Magnet Program FAQ

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The East Baton Rouge Parish Magnet Programs provide students with a thematic focus, instructional continuity, and opportunities to apply flexible-hands-on learning experiences that inspire students to learn and achieve their goals. The themed-based approach promotes exploration in learning environments which allows students an opportunity to consider their own personal interest ultimately fostering invaluable life skills.

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The East Baton Rouge Parish School System's Office of Magnet Programs online application process provides parents the opportunity to apply for a program of their choice, at their convenience, during the online application process. A list of commonly asked questions regarding the application process, the selection process and other information is located here.

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With over 28 competitive magnet programs in our district, we provide specialized and innovative programs such as, pre-engineering, entrepreneurship, pre-medicine, visual and performing arts, renewable energy and environmental science, digital arts and technology, pre-law, foreign language immersion and Montessori. Our thematic academic programs grant intentional choice to parents and offer students a quality, cutting edge education based on their learning styles, skills, and special interests. We encourage parents to choose the school and program that best suits the academic needs and interests of their child.

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Before the lottery for magnet schools is conducted, the magnet site coordinator at each school must verify whether students who apply are eligible for their program based on the documentation submitted, which depends on the grade level. For example, most middle and high school programs requires students to submit grades from the last four consecutive semesters and valid standardized test scores; however, many elementary programs use a screening instrument to determine if students are academically ready for the program.
All applicants must submit a signature page and two valid proofs of residency to determine if they are eligible for the program.

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Qualifying for a Magnet Program

The Selection Process