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Magnet school interviews to begin later this week

July 01, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

Washington County Public Schools had by Monday received 146 applications for about 127 open seats in the school system's two elementary magnet school programs, Roger Giles, director of funded and special programs, said.

Monday was the deadline for parents to apply to send their children to the grades two through five magnet programs at the Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology and the Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academic Excellence.

Giles said that since most magnet program students from Fountaindale last year were returning to the school, only nine seats were empty in each magnet classroom serving grades three through five at Fountaindale. He said the school system was seeking students for magnet classrooms in grades two through five at Emma K. Doub and grade two at Fountaindale.

Giles said each classroom will have a maximum of 21 to 22 students. He has said if enough qualified students do not apply, empty seats will not be filled.

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Interviews of prospective magnet school students will be conducted this week and next week, he said.

Schools Spokeswoman Carol Mowen has said parents will be told by mid-July whether their children were chosen for the program.

Students will qualify for admission based on standardized math and reading test scores, Raven test scores and ratings on interviews and creative tasks to be performed at that time. He said the student interviews will be conducted by the teacher of the grade to which they are applying.

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