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The Magnet Application for the 2022-2023 school year for all programs is closed.
The Late Application Window for the 2023-2024 school year is TBD and will only open for programs where there are remaining seats. The programs available are also TBD.
For any questions regarding Magnet Programs please email email@example.com.
Huntsville City Schools Magnet programs offer specialized pathways of learning along with focused themes that attract a diverse population of students throughout Huntsville City Schools. Our magnet programs offer a variety of themes. For information regarding application requirements and audition procedures please click on the school/program of interest below.
For information about bus transportation for magnet students, please refer to the Bus Transportation Guidelines document on the transportation page.
If you need additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or check Magnet Program FAQ below.
Magnet Events can be found on school digital signs, local press releases, HCS magnet school websites, and the district website calendar.
Ms. Leah Edgecombe
Magnet Programs Coordinator
Office: (256) 924-1113
Location: Lee High School
Magnet schools offer specialized programs of learning with a focused theme that attracts a diverse population of students from throughout Huntsville City Schools.
All students who are assigned to general education classrooms are eligible to apply for a magnet program. Some special education students have Individual Education Plans (“IEP”) that require services in a self-contained special education classroom. For pre-kindergarten students, these special education classes are called “Kid Skills” classes. Due to their special education needs, students needing services met by self-contained or Kid Skills classrooms are not eligible to apply for a magnet program. If a student is accepted to a magnet pre-kindergarten program but is later identified as needing the services of a Kid Skills program, the student will be placed in a Kid Skills class instead of his or her magnet program. However, the student may be admitted to his or her magnet program for kindergarten the following school year if the student’s IEP at the end of his or her year in the Kid Skills program does not require services in a self-contained special education classroom.
College Academy students are enrolled at Jemison High School and are eligible to participate in sports at Jemison High immediately upon enrolling in ninth grade. This is allowed due to a ruling from the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) that magnet students enrolled in the College Academy at Jemison or the Lee High School Performing Arts Magnet Program are eligible for athletics in their magnet school.
Student applicants must live within the Huntsville City Schools district. Magnet programs accept students from all Huntsville City Schools district school zones.
The initial magnet application period for all programs, except for the College Academy at Jemison High and the Academy for Gifted & Talented Program at Williams Middle School, will be open each fall. The initial application period for the College Academy and the Academy for Gifted & Talented will be open each spring. Students who apply during the time frame to the program of interest (fall or spring) will be eligible for selection for any open seats in all magnet programs in the school year.
A second late application period will be open late spring for any students who did not apply in the earlier application period. Applications will be available only for programs that have an opening where there are no students on a wait list.
No. There is no advantage to applying on the first day. The application window is open to everyone. Selection will not be based on date of application. A lottery system or other eligibility criteria will be used to select students for available spaces if more eligible students apply than spaces are available.
No. The system will only allow for one application per student based on the student’s ID per application window.
Students currently enrolled in a magnet program who wish to remain in the school/program for the following year, within the program/grade configuration (PreK-8, 6-8, 9-12), do not need to submit a magnet application to remain in the school/program. For example, 5th grade students at AAA or ASFL do not need to apply for the 6th grade program at their school. They will automatically be accepted into the 6th grade program.
Parents will learn the results of the magnet program selection process via email (if provided by the parent) or via letter sent via US Postal Mail to the address provided in the application.
There are four types of notifications that an applicant may receive:
Your exiting school will receive an email notification that your child will be transferring from their school. It will instruct them to withdraw your child from their current school for next year and send your child’s cumulative file to the magnet school. You should complete the HCS Online Returning Student Registration Process for SY 2018/19 using the magnet school as your student’s next school when registration begins.
Eligible applicants who are not offered a seat in the initial selection process will be placed on a wait list. If openings occur in the grade/program, selection will be made by lottery that is weighted by race and committee score. This may occur as often as seats become available. Students on the waitlist will remain on the list until either of two events occur: