Choice Schools & Programs
What is unique about magnet/choice schools?
Both of the magnet/choice programs emphasize a specialized theme or adheres to a special philosophy of teaching and learning. As for the curriculum, all Franklin County schools, including magnet/choice schools, follow a curriculum prescribed by the State. Magnet/Choice schools, however, provide unique opportunities for in-depth study and enrichment experiences in specific areas of interest such as math, science, and career related opportunities. Also, subjects in the core curriculum are taught. These experiences greatly expand a student's exposure to particular areas of interest beyond those available in other schools.
How do you choose the right magnet/choice program?
Choosing the right magnet program is important. Some parents select a program based on their child's special interests, talents and abilities. Others base their choices on the recommendations and experiences of friends with a child already in a program. It is very important for parents to visit the schools they are considering to see the programs first and before making a final decision. Schools schedule open houses and tours during the application period and at other times also. To take advantage of these opportunities, call the school for dates and times.
Do families pay tuition to attend magnet/choice schools?
No. There is no tuition for students whose parents live in Franklin County. Occasional costs that may occur during the year would be similar to those in any other school. Technology, equipment and/or the unique instructional strategies not available in other schools are funded by the school system.
Applications from students whose domicile is outside Franklin County will not be considered.
Who is eligible to apply?
ECHS - rising 9th graders.
LMHS - grades 8-12th may apply.
Is transportation provided for magnet/choice students?
FCS will provide transportation for magnet/choice students who are county residents.
Do magnet/choice parents have special obligations?
If a child is accepted into a magnet/choice program, and the student is registered at the magnet/choice school, the parent is making a commitment to keep their child in that program for one full school year. Also, magnet/choice parents and guardians are expected to play an active role in their child's education. Magnet/choice students are expected to have good attendance and to arrive at school on time. Excessive unexcused tardies and/or absences could cause the student's magnet/choice placement to be rescinded.
For more information about magnet/choice schools
Please click the school of choice to the left or call the school you are interested in exploring and ask to speak with the principals,
November 29th - Open house (6pm - 7pm)
December 1st - Application portal opens
February 10th - Application portal closes (5pm)
March 10th - Notify families of acceptance
March 24th - Notify families of students who are on the waitlist if they are accepted