Magnet Programs
Magnet Entrance and Continuation Requirements 

2014-2015 School Year

Entrance Requirements for Magnet Programs

Entrance requirements exist for certain magnet programs.  Students interested in applying to these magnet programs should meet the requirements for the grade levels indicated or they will forfeit their magnet seat and be returned to their home school.  Any designated entrance requirement must also be met before the sibling guarantee is applied. 

Please note that the Occupational Course of Studies (OCS) curriculum is not offered at Phillip O. Berry, the Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis, Northwest School of the Arts and iMeck Academy at Cochrane.  Students in the OCS program cannot be scheduled for OCS courses at these schools.

 Acknowledgement of Magnet Program Entrance Requirements

  • An acknowledgement of magnet program expectations and entrance and continuation requirements is required in order to complete and submit an online magnet lottery application.  Individuals submitting a Request for Reassignment/Transfer to a magnet program must acknowledge magnet program expectations and entrance and continuation requirements when they submit the online form, or the request cannot be processed.

  Magnet Theme Entrance Requirements

  • International Baccalaureate (grades 6-12) – Students entering middle or high school must be promoted at the end of the school year in which the application is made.  Students entering grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 must score at or above Level II in Reading and Math, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results.  Students entering grade 10 must pass and receive credit for English I with a minimum grade of C.  Applying students who are taking Math II, Algebra II or Geometry must pass and receive credit for the course by the end of the school year in which application is made.  In order to enter the IB Program in grade 11, a student must meet the following prerequisites: English I; English II; Math II or Geometry; Math III or Algebra II; Earth/Environmental Science and/or Biology; Chemistry and/or Physics; World History; Civics and Economics; and Level III of a World Language (e.g., French, German, Latin or Spanish).  Students entering in grade 11 must apply via the Special Application Procedures and the Request for Reassignment process including a transcript analysis completed by the prospective school.  Only students currently enrolled in an IB Diploma Program will be accepted into grade 12.
  • Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis (grades K-12) – All prospective students must submit a statement of interest and participate in a successful placement interview prior to the end of the lottery application period.  Late interviews will be conducted after this date on a space-available basis, and these students will become part of the wait pool.  Students entering the Academy may not have been previously retained in middle or high school and must be promoted at the end of the school year in which the application is made.  Contact the school for an interview appointment (980-343-0006).
  • Montessori (grades 2-8)A late entry option for grades 2 and above at Chantilly, Park Road, Highland Mill, and Sedgefield Middle, and grades 1 and above for Long Creek Montessori is available via the Special Application Procedures and the Request for Reassignment Process for students with previous Montessori experience and/or students who successfully complete the late entry interview assessment at the school.  In order to gain the greatest benefit, families should commit to their child attending through the terminal grade. Current CMS Montessori students have an automatic magnet continuation from grade 6 to grade 7. 
  • Northwest School of the Arts (grades 6-12) – Students entering grades 6-12, including current fifth grade Visual and Performing Arts magnet students and current eighth grade NWSA students, must submit a NWSA audition application and participate in a successful audition or portfolio assessment prior to the end of the lottery application period.  Late auditions will be conducted after this date on a space-available basis, and these students will become part of the established wait pool.  Contact the school for audition information (980-343-5500).
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (grades 4-12) – This magnet theme includes JM Morehead STEM Academy, Coulwood STEM, McClintock STEAM, Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences and Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Students entering grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 must score at or above Level II in Math, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results; in addition, students entering grades 7 and 10 must score at or above Level II in Science, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results.  Students entering grade 10 must also have Algebra I or Math I credit and have earned one high school Science credit in grade 9. Applying students who are taking Math II, Algebra II, Geometry, or Math III must pass and receive credit for the course by the end of the school year in which application is made.  Students entering in grades 11 and 12 must apply via the Special Application Procedure and the Request for Reassignment process including a transcript analysis completed by the prospective school.
  • iMeck Academy at Cochrane Collegiate High School (grades 9-11) – Students entering grades 9 and 10 must score at or above Level II in Math and Reading, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results.  Students entering grade 11 must be currently enrolled Cochrane or iMeck students and must score at or above Level II in Math, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results and must have completed the prerequisite course English I and must pass and receive credit for English II by the end of the school year in which application is made.
  • Talent Development (grades 3-5) – Students entering grades 3-5 must be identified as AIG math and/or AIG reading certified.  Families seeking more information on AIG/TD certification may contact the TD/Advanced Studies Department at 980-343-6955.
  • World Languages – Language Immersion (grades 1-12) – Students entering language immersion in grades 1-5 must schedule a late entry immersion assessment with the school to determine if the student meets grade level target language proficiency and must apply via the Special Application Procedure and the Request for Reassignment process.  Students entering language immersion in grades 6-8 must score at or above Level II in Reading, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results, and must schedule a late entry immersion assessment with the school to determine if the student meets grade level target language proficiency, and must apply via the Special Application Procedure and the Request for Reassignment process. Students entering grades 6-8 in the non-immersion program at EE Waddell and grade 6 at Oaklawn must score at or above Level II in Reading, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results.  Additionally, students entering the non-immersion program at Oaklawn in grade 8 must have successfully completed Spanish I. Students entering grade 9 must score at or above Level II in Reading, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results, and must have completed or be willing to take both Level I and II of a world language in grade 9.  Students entering grade 10 must score at or above Level II in Reading, based on 2012-2013 CMS Administered North Carolina EOG/EOC results, and must have passed and received credit for English I with a minimum grade of C, and must have completed Level I and II of a world language.  Students entering in grades 11and 12 must apply via the Special Application Procedure and the Request for Reassignment process and a transcript analysis must be completed by the prospective school. 

 Non-Magnet Program Entrance Requirements

  • Information for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs - Students interested in applying for a CTE program at North Meck, must complete any additional application materials located on the school website and submit all required documents prior to the conclusion of the lottery. This requirement must be completed and the student’s lottery application or request for reassignment/transfer must be submitted prior to the lottery deadlines in order for the student to be eligible for placement during the lottery selection process.
  • Information for Cooperative Innovative High Schools -
      • STEM Early College High School at UNCC - Must be a rising 9th grader and must complete the additional Early College application materials located here prior to the lottery deadlines in order for the student to be eligible for placement during the lottery selection process (prior to June 6th, 2014 for second lottery applicants).  More information is available on the Cooperative Innovative High Schools link on the left side of this page.
      • Middle College programs at Cato, Levine, Harper - Students must have a minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA, and must submit proof of passing Accuplacer test scores (or scores of approved alternate tests) to the specific Middle College prior to the conclusion of the lottery. Test score information is further explained on the Cooperative Innovative High Schools link on the left side of this page. Upon submission of test scores, students must also must complete the additional application materials located hereThese requirements must be completed and the student’s lottery application or request for reassignment/transfer must be submitted prior to the lottery deadlines in order for the student to be eligible for placement during the lottery selection process (prior to June 6th, 2014 for second lottery applicants).

Magnet Continuation Requirements 

Student in CMS magnet programs are expected to fulfill minimum course requirements related to the magnet theme in order to maintain active status as a magnet student and to continue to the next grade level with the magnet program (CMS Board Policy regulation JCA-R).

Magnet Continuation and Specific Magnet Components                                                                                                                    

  1. There are specific magnet components required in certain magnet programs, for example: performance of community service requirement for International Baccalaureate and Military and Global Leadership; promotion to the next grade level in the International Baccalaureate and Military and Global Leadership; adherence to designated school and military uniform attire and grooming standards for Military and Global Leadership; participation in required school-wide Math and Science Fairs/Olympiads and competitions for Elementary and Middle STEM schools.  If a student does not participate in specific components required of all magnet students, notice will be given at the time of non-compliance by staff responsible for that component for the student to comply immediately.  A timeline for compliance includes two monitoring checks per year as designated by CMS or the magnet school.
  2. If the student does not comply, a parent conference will be held with the student, parent or guardian and school staff representative to discuss non-compliance and develop a plan and timeline for immediate compliance.  The school will monitor and document the student’s progress in fulfilling the required component.
  3. If the student does not complete the specific magnet component(s) according to the plan or if the conference decision is that the student will not participate in the specific magnet component(s), the school will give notice to the student and parent that the school will make a recommendation to the Magnet Programs office to exit the student from the magnet program.  Parent/student acknowledgement of the change of status will be documented.  The family may submit a Request for Reassignment/Transfer to return to the student’s home school.  If the transfer option is not pursued, the student’s schedule will be reviewed and modified so the student is withdrawn from the magnet program but may remain at the school for remainder of the school year.
  4. A new school choice must be made for the next school year.  Prior to and during the magnet lottery application periods, the family may participate in the lottery application process in order to request a new school assignment for the next school year.  After the close of the lottery application periods, the family may submit a Request for Reassignment/Transfer to another school.  Otherwise, the student will be reassigned to the home school at the end of the current school year for the next year.
  5. The student may not remain in the magnet school for the next school year. 

 

Minimum Course Requirements for Student Continuation in Magnet Programs

Students in CMS magnet programs are expected to fulfill minimum course requirements related to the magnet theme in order to maintain active status as a magnet student and to continue to the next grade level within the magnet program (CMS Board Policy regulation JCA-R). Course requirements listed below are used in maintaining magnet program eligibility for students.  Please refer to each school’s Expectation Agreement for complete Continuation requirements.          

Elementary Schools - Magnet students in grades K-5 are expected to demonstrate conscientious academic effort in their magnet program studies by regularly completing assignments and by participating constructively in lessons, activities, etc. in their respective magnet class and school.  This applies to all elementary magnet school programs.  Students continuing at Morehead Elementary and Winget Park Relief Elementary from grade 3 and beyond must participate and compete in all required school-wide Math and Science Fairs/Olympiads and competitions.

Middle Schools - Magnet students in grades 6-8 are expected to be enrolled in core courses (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science) at each grade level appropriate for their magnet program studies and participate in a minimum of one (1) or two (2) magnet theme-related course(s) per year as designated by CMS course offerings and/or the school.  Magnet theme-related course requirements for middle schools are listed below:

Magnet Theme

Middle School

Magnet Theme-related Course Requirements

World Languages-Language Immersion

Collinswood

Oaklawn

Waddell

World Language (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish); Language Arts in target language (immersion students)

IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

 

Albemarle Rd

Alexander

Piedmont

Randolph

Ranson

Language B (e.g., French, German, or Spanish)

MYP students in grades 6-10 must be enrolled in all MYP courses for which they have the necessary prerequisites and be promoted to next grade level

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

Morehead

Coulwood

McClintock

Math and Science courses and S.T.E.M. enrichment course.

Military and Global Leadership

Marie G. Davis

Military and Leadership course; World Language course

Visual and Performing Arts

Northwest

Two (2) cultural arts major year-long electives

 

High Schools - Magnet students in corresponding grades and magnet programs at the high schools listed below are to be enrolled in and successfully complete the minimum number of magnet theme-related courses indicated per year as designated by CMS course offerings and/or the school.

One course per year:                                                                                                                                                                   Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology - Career Academy CTE course                                                                               South Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg – World Languages (Grade 11)

Two courses per year:

Northwest School of Visual and Performing Arts (Grades 9                                                                                                        South Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg – World Languages (Grades 9, 10 & 12)

Three courses per year:                                                                                                                                                                                             East Mecklenburg, Harding, North Mecklenburg, West Charlotte - IBMYP (Grades 9-10)*                                                                                                                                                                                                   Marie G. Davis Military and Global Leadership Academy                                                                                                                                                                                  Northwest School of Visual and Performing Arts (Grades 11 & 12)

IB Middle Years Program course requirements over Grades 9 & 10:                                                                                      IBMYP magnet students take MYP designated courses including: English, Math, Science, Humanities, World Language (Language B), Arts and Physical Education.  To continue in the IB program, high school IBMYP students are required to: 1) progressively schedule their MYP course work in order to meet grade 11 prerequisite course entry criteria; 2) take a full MYP course load and pass at least three MYP courses each year; and, 3) be promoted to the next grade.  Tenth graders must complete the Personal Project.

IB Program course requirements over Grades 11 & 12:

East Mecklenburg, Harding, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, and West Charlotte IB Program students must complete course work that will qualify them for the IB Diploma.  Students earning the IB Diploma must successfully complete courses and examinations in six courses from five subject groups, concurrently over two years, as well as the core elements of the program (Theory of Knowledge, the extended essay, and creativity, action, service).  An IB Diploma candidate must successfully complete six IB courses and exams (three or four courses at Higher Level) and the Theory of Knowledge course.

*There are entry requirements for the IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP), the IB Diploma program preparatory courses offered in middle school grades 6-8 and in high school grades 9 and 10.  In order to continue to the IB Diploma program in eleventh grade, a student must progressively schedule coursework so that specific course requirements are met prior to the eleventh grade.  Prerequisite courses for the IB Diploma program (grades 11 & 12) are as follows:  English 9; English 10; Geometry; Algebra II or Math II and Math III; Earth/Environmental Science and/or Biology; Chemistry and/or Physics; World History; Civics and Economics; and a World Language  (e.g., French, German, or Spanish) at Level III.  Rising eleventh grade students who apply for the IB magnet program must be able to meet these requirements in order to submit an application and must meet the requirements prior to enrollment in the program.  (CMS Board Policy regulation JCA-R)

 

Magnet Continuation and Academic Progress

1.       If a student receives a grade of “F” (i.e., quarter grade average below 70) in a required magnet course(s) as listed in Minimum Course Requirements for Student Continuation in Magnet Programs, an academic intervention conference will occur.  The conference team should include the student, parent, teacher(s), counselor(s) and other identified staff as appropriate.

2.       A Personal Education Plan (PEP) will be developed to support the student.  Academic intervention support may include, but is not limited to: an extra period for the subject; in- school and after-school or Saturday tutorials; peer tutoring; on-line options; extra materials and other identified assistance measures.

3.       The conference team will monitor the PEP for one quarter or longer, if necessary.  Comprehensive documentation of the academic intervention including assistance measures, academic monitoring, and communications with the parent is required.

4.       At the end of the intervention period, if none of the approaches designated in the PEP deliver the necessary outcomes, the school will give notice to the student and parent that the school will recommend that the Magnet Programs office exit the student from the magnet program at the end of the current school year.  Parent/student acknowledgement of the change of status will be documented.  The family may submit a Request for Reassignment/Transfer to return to the student’s home school.  If the transfer option is not pursued, the student’s schedule will be reviewed and modified so the student is withdrawn from the magnet program but may remain at the school for remainder of the school year.

5.       A new school choice must be made for the next school year.  Prior to and during the magnet lottery application periods, the family may participate in the lottery application process in order to request a new school assignment for the next school year.  After the close of the lottery application periods, the family may submit a Request for Reassignment/Transfer to another school.  Otherwise, the student will be reassigned to the home school at the end of the current school year for the next year.

6.       The student may not remain at the magnet program at the magnet school for the next school year.

7.       If school staff does not comply with or provide adequate documentation of the PEP academic intervention procedures as stated in numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 above, the student remains in the magnet program.