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  • Since the manget middle school lottery window has passed, applications will now be added to the wait list.

The District 196 middle level magnet school offers parents increased choice in their child's education while helping the district achieve state-required integration goals.

  • Valley Middle School of STEM

Those who do not reside within the magnet school attendance boundary need to complete and submit this application to be eligible for the random selection process, per the Terms & Conditions.

Magnet school applications for the random selection process are due by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. After that point, submitted applications will be put on a waitlist and notified if an opening becomes available.


Magnet School Enrollment Process

Phase One: Attendance Area Enrollment
(no magnet application necessary)

The following students will be automatically enrolled to attend the magnet school:

  1. Students who live in the attendance area of Valley Middle School of STEM.

Phase Two: Magnet Application

Next, placements will be made from the following groups in the order listed, using a random selection process. If space no longer remains when a name is drawn, the student will be added to a waiting list.

  1. District residents who live outside the Valley Middle School of STEM attendance area, but have one or more siblings currently enrolled there.
  2. Applicants to Valley Middle School of STEM from Cedar Park Elementary STEM School or Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering, & Technology.
  3. All remaining applicants who are District 196 residents.
  4. Siblings of current Valley Middle School of STEM students who do not reside in District 196.
  5. All remaining applicants who do not reside in District 196.

Terms & Conditions

  • Any middle school student who lives within School District 196 has the opportunity to apply for any of the magnet schools. Non-residents of District 196 may also apply, but will be considered after applications of students residing in District 196 are processed.
  • Morning and afternoon transportation will be provided to all district resident magnet school students who live more than one and one-half mile from Valley Middle School of STEM, according to the standards set forth in Policy 707, Student Transportation.
  • Families will be notified of placement or waitlist status no later than February 24, 2020.
  • Once enrolled, students may remain at the magnet school as long as their enrollment continues uninterrupted.
  • All other student transfers will follow Policy 502 Student Transfers, and its related administrative regulations.

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