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Magnet Schools Application and Information Page



2/19/2017 The first drawing for magnet schools was held on Wednesday, February 15th. Letters (both selected students and waiting list students) were mailed out Friday, February 17th.  Email notices will be attempted at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20th. 
3/15/2017 The second drawing for magnet schools was completed on March 14, 2017. Letters will be mailed out on Friday, March 17th. Email notices will be sent out in waves beginning the morning of March 16th. Status of applications will not be provided over the phone or via email request until Friday, March 24th. 
3/22/2017 If parents would like to non-commit to a selection or have changes made to their child's application, send an email to




1 This link is for NEW applicants wiishing to be included in the drawings for the 2017-2018 school year.  NEW Application  Click HERE
2 This link is for parents of Drawing 2 SELECTED students. Please RSVP to attend one of the required parent meetings using this link. These meetings are for SELECTED students ONLY. RSVP to Required Parent Meeting
Click HERE




MCPSS Magnet Policies and Procedures Handbook: Click HERE
MCPSS Magnet School Entrance Criteria: Click HERE




COUNCIL TRADITIONAL SCHOOL, located at751 Wilkinson Street, emphasizes accelerated academics and communications skills for 700 students in grades K-5. Council Traditional School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and provides Spanish instruction to its students at all grade levels, as well as project-based learning through its International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and through Talents Unlimited skills-based lessons.  PHILLIPS PREPARATORY, located at3255 Old Shell Road, offers an accelerated college preparatory curriculum to 808 students in grades 6-8 and is a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Phillips Preparatory emphasizes communication skills, accelerated mathematics, and foreign languages. The curriculum provides opportunities for academic exploration, extension and mastery of core subjects with emphasis placed on broad-based enrichment opportunities. Phillips Preparatory is preparing to implement the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program in 2016-2017. Phillips’ curriculum is accelerated. 
EICHOLD-MERTZ SCHOOL OF MATH AND SCIENCE, located at 2815 Government Boulevard, serves 600 students in grades K-5 and is an ideal learning environment for students interested in an accelerated mathematics, science, and technology curriculum. Students learn using a laboratory-based math and science curriculum. Teachers at Eichold-Mertz strive to produce curious, confident students who explore, experiment, and solve problems to ensure success in the 21st century.  CLARK-SHAW SCHOOL OF MATH, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY, located at 5960 Arlberg Street, serves 850 students in grades 6-8 and is a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Faculty and staff encourage students to learn through laboratory-based science, mathematics, and technology courses.  At Clark-Shaw School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, all students participate in project-based instruction in a culture of high expectations for academic success.  Clark-Shaw’s curriculum is accelerated.
DENTON MAGNET SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY, located at 3800 Pleasant Valley Road, serves 500 students in grades 6-8. Denton Magnet School provides a quality education that prepares students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. It features a technology-driven curriculum that focuses on communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Mastery of specific technology tools are integrated into digital projects and assignments in core subjects. Students go beyond the use of software applications, to include exposure to algorithms, data structures and data management. Denton’s curriculum is accelerated.
OLD SHELL ROAD SCHOOL OF CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS located at 3160 Heather Street, serves 525 students in grades K-5 and emphasizes a strong academic program enhanced with dance, drama, art, and music courses.  The arts are infused into academic classes to increase student achievement.  It is the philosophy of Old Shell Road Magnet School that children learn in different ways and that the arts provide an additional way to help each child reach his/her potential academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Old Shell Road School for the Creative and Performing Arts was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2015.  DUNBAR SCHOOL OR CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS, located at 500 Saint Anthony Street, serves 535 students in grades 6-8 and emphasizes a strong academic curriculum with a focus on creative and performing arts. Student learning is enhanced with electives in band, strings, piano, guitar, chorus, dance, baton, art, ceramics, musical theater, and drama.  Dunbar Magnet School provides students opportunities to develop skills in the creative and performing arts by providing instruction equivalent to that of private lessons. Arts-integrated instruction, project-based learning and annual recitals and performances are used to support the curriculum of Dunbar School of Creative and Performing Arts. Dunbar’s has standard grade level curriculum with advanced course offerings.


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