Directions for Completing an Application for a Magnet Program for School Year 2019-20
Currently enrolled students at Bowie Fine Arts Academy, Washington STEM Academy, or Pease Communications & Technology Academy
Parents of students who currently attend a magnet program must complete and return the re-enrollment form by the specified deadline in order to secure a place for the following year at the magnet school they currently attend.
Preference for admission will be given to siblings of students who will attend a magnet school during the same year. Siblings of current students, including siblings of incoming kindergarten students, will be admitted to the magnet school prior to the general admission lottery, IF parents identify siblings on the reenrollment form and IF space is available at the appropriate grade level.
If the number of sibling applicants exceeds the number of spaces that are available at a particular grade level and area, a lottery to admit siblings will be conducted for the available spaces. This lottery will take place prior to the general admission lottery.
New Student Lottery Process
The application process for first time kindergarten students will be open to all children living in the Midland Independent School District. The application process for students who apply for admittance to grade one through grade 6 will be available first to students who are enrolled in the Midland Independent School District at the time of application.
MISD students who were eligible to attend MISD but did not, such as student who attended a private or non-district charter school, may complete applications; however, MISD students will be given priority in the application process. This applies to students who have completed kindergarten at a private school or non-district charter school.
Applications will not include reference to the student’s ethnicity, free and/or reduced meal status, academic record, prior achievement test scores, or learning abilities test scores. Auditions or prerequisite classes will not be required of students who apply for admission to MISD magnet programs. No preference will be given in the application process to students living in the former attendance zones for Bowie, Pease and Washington. Parents must complete a separate application for each student who wants to apply for admission to attend a magnet school. Parents may apply for admittance to one, two, or all three magnet schools by completing one application and selecting each magnet school.
Students whose first language is Spanish
A separate lottery will be conducted for students who receive services in the bilingual program. Parents may indicate on the magnet school application whether their children receive services in the bilingual program in order for MISD to be able to identify students who are eligible for bilingual services. Bilingual classes will be scheduled based upon the number of bilingual students who apply to a magnet school Bilingual services are offered only at Pease Technology and Communications Academy.
Students whose first language is not English/not Spanish
A separate lottery will be conducted for students who receive services in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Parents may indicate on the magnet school application whether their children receive services in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program in order for MISD to be able to identify students who are eligible for English as a Second Language (ESL) services. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will be scheduled based upon the number of English as a Second Language (ESL) students who apply to a magnet school English as a Second Language (ESL) services are offered only at Washington STEM Academy.
All parents will be notified whether their children have or have not been offered admittance into one, two, or three magnet programs or placed on the waiting lists. Parents whose children are offered admission to a magnet program will be required to verify that their children will attend the magnet program to which their children have been offered admission. If a student has applied for admission to more than one magnet school and is certified for admission to more than one magnet school, the following procedure will be applied:
Parents of students will be notified in writing and must respond to the Student Services office to indicate their magnet program preference by the deadline included in the notification.
The application may be withdrawn and the student’s name may be removed from the enrollment list if a parent does not notify the magnet school office in writing by the deadline to indicate their school preference.
Siblings are defined as biological or adopted brothers/sisters, step brothers/sisters who reside in the same home, half- brothers/half-sisters who reside in the same home. Cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, or friends are not considered siblings, even if they reside in the same home as a student who has attended or has been selected to attend a magnet program.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ONLINE OR RETURNED TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES NO LATER THAN MARCH 31, 2019. APPLICATIONS WILL BE SELECTED BY LOTTERY DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL. PARENTS WILL THEN BE NOTIFIED OF AVAILABILITY. ACCEPTANCE LETTERS WILL BE DUE TO STUDENT SERVICES OFFICES IN MAY.