Magnet Programs
Reasons for Ineligibility 

Ineligibility and Late Entrance Information 

In some instances, students may wish to apply to a magnet or program that is not shown on their online lottery application form. In this case, students will not be allowed to apply through the lottery, and must instead complete the online Request for Reassignment/Transfer form. Please note, failure to complete the instruction steps in the correct order may result in a delay or inability to process your request. 

Reasons for Ineligibility:

If you are ineligible for a school, you will not see it as an option in the lottery. Students may be ineligible for certain programs in the lottery for several reasons.

1) One reason may be that they do not meet the required EoC/EoG scores set forth by the program.

  EOC/EOG Entrance Requirements for Magnet Programs

Magnet Program

EOG/EOC  Scores Required for Entrance

International Baccalaureate

6th-12th:  Reading and Math requires Level III or higher

STEM/STEAM

5th-10th:  Math requires Level III or higher

AND

7th and 10th only:  Science requires Level III or higher

 2) Another reason may be that students may not enter the program at a certain grade, and therefore, they must go through the “late entry” process.

Late Entry Process:

CMS defines “Late Entry” as students who are applying to a magnet programs during non-entry years (entry years are typically K, 6th, and 9th grades). There are some variants depending on program.

Grades 2-8 for Montessori Late Entry Assessment

The online lottery application process permits rising pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students to apply to the Montessori schools.  A late entry process is used for placement in a Montessori program above grade 1.  The Montessori approach to teaching and learning is significantly different from the traditional classroom, which often creates difficulty for students entering a Montessori program late.  A successful transition to Montessori requires the student and family to either have previous experience with or a predisposition toward Montessori classroom instructional practices and philosophy.  The prospective student should either be currently enrolled in a Montessori program, have immediate, prior Montessori classroom experience or, the student should demonstrate an equivalent degree of compatibility to the Montessori approach.  An assessment is used to make this determination. A family wanting to apply their child to a Montessori program at a grade level other than what is available on the online lottery application must do so through the Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process.  Please note, due to historically low turnover in Montessori schools, seats typically do not become available after Kindergarten.  

To apply for late entry through the Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process:

  • Step 1: Contact the Montessori school directly to confirm whether space is available at the desired grade level.  Information can be found at /cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement
  • Step 2:  If space is available, arrange an appointment for a report card review and interview.  Bring the child’s most recent report card to the appointment.  The prospective student’s report card will be reviewed and an interview conducted by magnet school staff using a standardized late entry interview rubric.  
  • Step 3:  Within three business days of the interview, the school will provide the family notice of the outcome on school letterhead.  If the interview confirms the student as having the qualities necessary to transition into the grade desired, this acknowledgement will be verified.  A letter of denial will be provided for students whom the interview indicates transition into a Montessori environment would not be appropriate.
  • Step 4: Upon receipt of the letter of approval, complete the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form.  For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the Magnet Expectations Agreement for the desired magnet theme.  The family submits the school’s letter of acknowledgement as supporting documentation to accompany the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form registered with the Student Placement office at the Smith Family Center.  Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.

Grades 1-8 for World Language Late Entry Immersion Assessment

The online lottery application process permits rising kindergarten students to apply for Chinese, French, German, Spanish or Japanese language programs. Because the student is immersed in the language of study for the majority of the instructional day, students entering a Language Immersion program after Kindergarten must demonstrate grade level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the intended language of study.  An assessment is used to make this determination.  A family wanting to apply their child to a Language Immersion program at a grade level other than what is available on the online lottery application must do so through the Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process.  Please note, due to historically low turnover in Language Immersion & World Languages schools, seats typically do not become available after Kindergarten.  

To apply for late entry through the Request for Reassignment/Transfer process:

  • Step 1: Contact the Language Immersion magnet school directly to confirm whether space is available at the desired grade level.  Information can be found at /cmsdepartments/StudentPlacement
  • Step 2:  If space is available, arrange an appointment with the school for an assessment of the child’s level of proficiency in the target language.  The prospective student will be assessed for late entry into the language immersion program at the school using a standardized late entry assessment rubric.  
  •  Step 3: Upon completion of a successful assessment, the school will provide acknowledgement verifying this on school letterhead.
  • Step 4: Complete the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form.  For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the Magnet Expectations Agreement for the desired magnet theme.  The family submits the school’s acknowledgement letter of approval as supporting documentation to accompany the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form registered with the Student Placement office at the Smith Family Center.  Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.

 

Grades 11 and 12 for IB, iMeck, World Languages, and STEM programs Late Entry Transcript Review

Due to the specialized sequence of coursework taken in school options programs, the online lottery application will not permit rising 11th or 12th graders to apply for these programs.  A family wanting to apply their child to these programs at a grade level other than what is available on the online lottery application must do so through the Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process. To ensure a prospective student has the academic foundation to transition into these programs at these grades, a transcript review is necessary before a Request for Reassignment/ Transfer can be submitted.

To apply using the transcript review and Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process:

  • Step 1:  Contact the magnet school directly to arrange an appointment for the transcript review.
  • Step 2:  Obtain an official transcript from the current school and bring it to the appointment in a sealed envelope.  The prospective student’s transcript will be reviewed by magnet school staff.  If the result of the transcript review indicates that the student has the necessary prerequisites for entry into the grade desired, acknowledgement of transcript review approval will be provided on school letterhead.
  • Step 3:  Complete the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form.  For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the Magnet Expectations Agreement for the desired magnet theme.  The family submits the school’s letter of acknowledgement as supporting documentation to accompany the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form registered with the Student Placement office at the Smith Family Center.  Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.

(Contact the CMS ESL department for transcript review assistance for students new to CMS from outside the USA.)

Students Without a NC Administered NC End of Year Assessment Data, when Used as Magnet Entrance Requirement 

North Carolina End of Grade/ End of Course (EOG/EOC) results are not required for future students making application for magnet school placement if currently attending a private or parochial school, are being homeschooled, or are living outside of North Carolina.

In these circumstances, the student must be at grade level and promoted at the end of the current year. The student will be held accountable for meeting established magnet continuation requirements for the magnet theme in which the student is enrolled the coming school year.