Mobile County Public Schools begins accepting applications today for enrollment in magnet schools for the 2017-18 school year.
The applications are available at mcpss.com. From the home page, find the words “I want to,” scroll to “Apply for” and click on “magnet schools.”
The application process will be open until March 31. Students are selected for the magnet schools via random electric drawings. The first drawing will be held on February 1, with subsequent drawings scheduled for March 1 and April 1.
Mobile County Public Schools has seven magnet schools — three serving elementary grades (K-5) and four middle schools, serving grades 6-8. The elementary schools are Council Traditional School, Eichold-Mertz School of Math, Science and Technology and Old Shell Road School of Performing Arts. The middle schools are Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science, Denton Magnet School of Technology, Dunbar School foo Creative and Performing Arts and Phillips Preparatory.
Each magnet school has open house dates set this month. They are:
Council Traditional: Jan. 13 (1-6 p.m.), Jan. 14 (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Eichold-Mertz: Jan. 20 (1-6 p.m.), Jan. 21 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Old Shell Road: Jan. 20 (3:30-6 p.m.), Jan. 21 (9-11:30 a.m.)
Clark-Shaw: Jan. 20 (8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.), Jan. 21 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Denton: Jan. 13 (1-6 p.m.), Jan. 14 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Dunbar: Jan. 13 (3-6 p.m.), Jan. 14 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Phillips Prep: Jan. 5 (8 a.m.-2 p.m.), Jan. 6 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), Jan. 20 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Participating in an Open House is not required, but those interested in learning more about the specific programs offered at each school are encouraged to attend.
Clark-Shaw, Council, Old Shell Road and Phillips have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools — the highest academic designation from the U.S. Department of Education for public and private schools — and Eichold-Mertz was recently named a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence.
Applying students must reside within the Mobile County Public Schools district and may only submit one application. There are no academic requirements to be accepted into a magnet school, but students must maintain at least a C average in all subjects to stay at a magnet school.