Frequently Asked Questions

After my child is accepted into the Magnet program, do I need to fill out an application every year to allow my child to continue in the magnet program?

Magnet program students in grades k-5, 6-8 and 9-12 do not need to apply every year to remain in their magnet program; however, magnet students in the fifth and eighth grades must apply to continue in the middle and high school magnet programs.

 

How can I apply for my child to attend a magnet school?

You should submit an online application during the application period (February 8 to March 14, 2008) for the 2008-2009 school year.   Applicants do not need to be currently registered in Pueblo City Schools; however, upon acceptance parents/guardians must registered their child(ren) in order to be accepted into the program.


How is a student selected for a magnet school?

Students are selected by a random drawing.   There is no enrollment criteria; however, specific student history will be required prior to acceptance. 


If I have a student in a magnet school, is his or her sibling automatically accepted in the same school?

For the first year there is a priority given to siblings from     Fountain Elementary School  andCorwin Middle School when they enter the same magnet program as the older sibling.    


Is any priority given to an elementary magnet student when applying to a magnet middle school?

Yes, the present magnet status of an applicant is one of many criteria factored into the random selection process.

 

Is there a waiting list for magnet schools?

There is no waiting list.

 

How will I be notified if my student is selected (or not selected)?

All applicants will be notified in writing not later than April 1, 2008.

 

My child was denied to a magnet school...how do I appeal?

There is no appeal for the magnet selection process.  

 

What school district transportation will be available?

Pueblo City Schools will have select pick-up and drop-off points throughout the city.

 

How much does it cost to attend a magnet school?

Magnet schools are part of the public school system, meaning there is no tuition.     Additional costs, such as school uniforms, will be incurred.    For those families demonstrating need, financial assistance may be available.

 

Are the teachers more qualified than teachers in our neighborhood schools?

All Pueblo City Schools’ teachers are qualified and each is valued.    The major difference between a magnet and a neighborhood teacher is the type of professional development that they receive and the curriculum that they teach.   Teachers from throughout the school district are being given the opportunity to apply for the magnet schools; the district’s intent is to provide the best staff possible at the magnet and neighborhood schools.

 

Why is parent involvement required?

Parent involvement as a critical component of the school community.    Parents will be actively involved in their schools in a multitude of ways, at various times and in different locations.     As parent support is critical to the success of each student, active, positive communication between parents and teachers is absolutely essential to student success   .

Why are uniforms required?

The Pueblo international magnet schools will have a dress policy that includes all students     and staff being attractively dressed in comfortable, affordable and durable school uniforms Pueblo City Schools will also have support for families in need of assistance.