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2012-13 Elementary Magnet and Cluster School Information

2012-13 Elementary Magnet and Cluster School Information

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  • 1. Seminole County Public Schools Countdown to Kindergarten! 2012-2013
  • 2. Hello!
    • This information is for:
    • Families interested in an elementary magnet school for a kindergarten – grade 5 student
        • Goldsboro Elementary—Math, Science, and Technology
        • Midway Elementary School of the Arts
    • Families living in the Northeast and Northwest Cluster School Zones
  • 3. Elementary Magnet and Cluster Schools
    • This presentation includes information about:
      • Elementary Magnet Schools
      • Northeast and Northwest Cluster Schools
      • Open Houses and Tours
      • Forms and Applications
      • Pre-K and Head Start
      • Immunizations and Physicals
      • School Registration
      • FAQs
      • Links to documents
  • 4. Will your child be 5 years old by September 1, 2012?
    • Yes —your child may start kindergarten in August of 2012.
    • No —your child is not old enough for public school kindergarten. Contact the VPK Office at 407-320-0463 for Pre-K information.
  • 5. Know your school zone!
      • The school zone for your child is determined by the parents’ address.
      • Follow this link to find your school zone:
      • School Zone Search
  • 6. What is your school zone?
      • If the result is NWC or NEC you reside in one of the cluster zones and you need to follow the Cluster School Assignment Process explained later in this presentation.
      • If the result names a specific school, watch for Kindergarten Registration information at the zone school in April.
      • All Seminole County Public School students in any school zone may apply to attend an elementary magnet school.
  • 7. Districtwide Elementary Magnet Schools
    • Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School
        • Math, Science, and Technology
    • Midway Elementary School of the Arts
    • Fine and Performing Arts Magnet
    Use the 2012-13 Elementary Magnet School Application to apply. Applications available beginning February 1, 2012.
  • 8. Learn more about magnet schools--
    • Midway Elementary School of the Arts
      • Open House: January 26, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
      • Tours Tuesdays at 1:00 PM and Thursdays at 10:30 AM
    • Goldsboro Elementary Magnet School
      • Open House: January 31, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
      • Tours Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Thursdays at 2:00 PM
      • No tour reservations are required—just go to the front office of the school shortly before the scheduled tour is to begin.
  • 9. Magnet School Process
    • An application is submitted to the Choices Department February 1-February 28, 2012
        • Students residing in a cluster zone must also submit a Cluster Request Form
    • A random selection is conducted to assign students to available seats
    • Offer letters are mailed March 26, 2012
    • Families must accept the offer by April 6, 2012
    • Families register at the school in the spring
  • 10. Cluster School Assignment Process
    • An application is submitted to the Choices Department February 1-February 28, 2012
        • Families prioritize their preference order of school choice
    • A random selection is conducted to assign students to available seats
        • See FAQs for information about sibling and Preference Zone priorities
    • Assignment letters are mailed March 26, 2012
    • Families register at the school in the spring
  • 11. School Choice Cluster Zones
    • Northwest Schools
      • Bentley Elementary
      • Crystal Lake Elementary
      • Idyllwilde Elementary
      • Wicklow Elementary
      • Wilson Elementary
    • Northeast Schools
      • Hamilton Elementary
      • Midway Elementary
      • Pine Crest Elementary
    Use a 2012-13 Cluster Request Form to apply. Forms available beginning February 1, 2012.
  • 12. General Information
    • Waiting pools
        • Students that are not assigned to a magnet school or who are not assigned to the first preference cluster school are placed in a waiting pool
    • Transportation
        • Bus transportation is provided to all students living more than 2 miles from the assigned school
    • Pre-K and Head Start
        • Students in Pre-K and Head Start at one of the cluster schools are not automatically assigned to the school. Parents must follow the same kindergarten application process and timeline.
  • 13. Make an Informed Choice
    • Be a “Fan” on Facebook.com/seminolecountyschoolchoices for regular updates and reminders
    • www.seminoleschoolchoices.com
    • Attend an open house or tour—
    • see next slide for detailed information
  • 14. Northeast Cluster Information
    • Midway Elementary School of the Arts
      • January 26—Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Tours Tuesdays 1:00 PM and Thursdays 10:30 AM
    • Pine Crest Elementary School
      • February 13—Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Call the school to arrange a tour 407-320-5450
    • Hamilton Elementary School
      • February 16—Open House 6:00 PM
      • Tours on Tuesday and Thursdays at 9:00 AM
  • 15.
    • Wicklow Elementary School
      • February 6— Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Tours on Tuesday at 9:30 call 407-320-1280 to confirm.
    • Bentley Elementary School
      • February 7—Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Tours on Wednesdays at 2:45 PM. Call 407-320-9909 to confirm.
    • Wilson Elementary School
      • February 8—Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Tours on Thursdays at 3:00 PM. Call 407-320-6760 to confirm.
    • Idyllwilde Elementary School
      • February 15—Open House at 6:00 PM
      • Call 407-320-3750 to arrange a tour.
    • Crystal Lake Elementary School
      • February 16— 6:00 PM
      • Tours on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Call 407-871-8150 to confirm.
    Northwest Cluster Information
  • 16. Application Period February 1—February 28, 2012
  • 17. Your choice…
    • The most important thing you can do as a parent is to get the application in ON TIME!
    • Deadline:
    • February 28, 2012
  • 18. Spring
    • Register at the designated school
      • Evidence of residence
      • Physical exam
      • Immunization form (DH 680)
      • Original birth certificate
      • DON’T WAIT!
      • Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
  • 19. Important Links
    • FAQs
        • Elementary magnet schools
        • Northeast and Northwest Cluster Schools
        • Please note there is change in the application period as stated on the website from January to February 1—February 28 for 2012-13 applicants.
    • Available February 1, 2012
    • Elementary Magnet School Application
    • Northeast Cluster School Request Form
    • Northwest Cluster School Request Form
  • 20. First day of school: August 13, 2012 www.seminoleschoolchoices.com