GCS Magnet/Choice Admin Updates

Bi-Weekly Communication - August 16, 2021

Calendar of Events

  • August 5 - First Day for EC/MC Schools
  • August 9 - First Day for Extended Year Schools
  • August 16 - First Day for Restart Schools
  • August 23 - First Day for Traditional Schools
  • August 27 - Deadline to complete Magnet/Choice Principal Survey
  • January 14 @ 8:00 AM – February 21, 2022 @ 5:00 PM - Magnet/Choice Application Window
  • January 23 -29, 2022 - National School Choice Week
  • February 2, 2022 - Face-to-Face @ Greensboro Coliseum OR
  • February 1-4, 2022 - Virtual Showcase week

Greetings from Magnet/Choice

We bring you greetings from the Magnet/Choice office as you kick off the 2021-2022 school year with significant momentum. We are looking forward to a productive year of working alongside you to ensure you have the support needed to continue expanding and strengthening our magnet/choice programming to confirm school transformation/innovation.

It is our goal to provide you with clear and consistent communication, streamlined procedures and protocols, and valuable resources that can be used to help you access professional development opportunities, evaluate your program’s effectiveness, and market your school/program in order to ensure equity and access for students as well as high quality programming.

We are excited about partnering with you in the spirit of robust, rigorous and relevant program growth in GCS.

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I. Diversity, Equity & Access

II. High-Quality Innovative Curriculum and Professional Development

III. Academic & Technical Excellence

IV. High Quality Instructional & Communication Systems with Continuous Evaluation and Improvement

V. Family, Community Engagement and Partnerships

Magnet Momentum (MM) Meeting Schedule

Formerly Program-Alike Meetings

Magnet/Choice Principal Survey

Please complete by August 27, 2021

Collaborative Partners Magnet/Choice Taskforce Participants

The purpose of the Magnet/Choice Taskforce is to have a representative group of Magnet/Choice administrators or school leaders who collaborate regularly to discuss, identify, and problem solve issues related to magnet/choice school needs and advancements. This collaborative body will work together to vet curricula and program specific evaluation tools, determine professional development needs/opportunities, brainstorm marketing strategies, etc. in the spirit of improving our districts’ magnet/choice portfolio. It is our goal to have a representative from each Magnet/Choice program/theme to ensure all voices are heard while seated at the table.

Taskforce Interest

Use this link to indicate if you are or are not interested in serving on the 21-22 Magnet/Choice Taskforce

Shout to our Cross-Functional Team Member: Dr. Rashad Slade!

We wanted to give a huge shout out to Dr. Slade, Senior Executive Director of Student Assignment, and his team for all of their hard work over the summer in helping us manage student offers via SchoolMint. They were very responsive and did an A+ job in helping us fill many open seats.
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Resource Central

What Works Clearinghouse

The following themes outlined are nationally recognized concepts and are aligned to both national and state standards and many can also be found in What Works Clearinghouse. In some cases, although a nationally recognized program is listed, it does not constitute an endorsement by MSA but rather is a program that many MSA members have implemented successfully.

  • The Arts-Visual, Drama, Theatre, Dance
  • Digital Media
  • Montessori
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Aviation/Aeronautics
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medical
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
  • Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STREAM)
  • Forensics
  • Bio-Medical Sciences (Project Lead the Way)

Magnet/Choice Themed Articles

The Arts


The North Carolina STEM School Progress Rubric is a powerful tool for driving STEM education and school improvement. Built upon ideas initially presented in the former STEM Attribute Implementation Rubric, the SSPR incorporates leading national research and extends a stronger awareness to the great value that humanities subjects contribute to society. The North Carolina STEM School Progress Rubric was written to accommodate the ambiguity of some courses and content, encouraging definition at the local level in a way that best suits the school or community and fosters local leadership and ownership. Streamlined and comprehensive, this revised tool guides school teams to reflect on the current stage of their work, create sustainable plans, experiment with innovations, determine next steps, and track their progress.

More Theme Areas To Come...

Upcoming PD Opportunities Outside of GCS: