my 2 1/2 year old and my husband are relocating to nashville and i'm very curious how the magnet system works

Asked by Lori, California Thu Jul 3, 2008

specifically in davidson county... is it completely random? has anyone gone through this process? any thoughts are much appreciated...

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Dondi Delk, , Nashville, TN
Fri Oct 10, 2008
Here is some information on the Davidson Co. Magnet schools. My Son was given an opportunity for Meigs which is a great school. There are MANY county schools which are great too! Wilson, Sumner, Williamson & Rutherford all have GREAT schools!
- Dondi Delk

Magnet schools have a specialized program and voluntary enrollment. Students may enroll in these programs from throughout Davidson County. Some magnets have academic entrance requirements that students must meet. There are three magnets with academic entrance requirements:

• Meigs Middle School (5-8)
• Hume Fogg High School (9-12)
• Martin Luther King High School (7-12)

Theses requirements are:

* 85 or above average for the spring semester of last year and the 1st grade period of the current school year with no failing grades, AND
* current Metro students must have achievement test (CRT) scores ADVANCED in both math and reading, and non Metro students must have reading and math stanine scores on a norm-referenced achievement test equaling 14 or above (no rounding).

Other magnet schools are theme based, and students are selected by lottery.

Students must apply for all magnet programs. A lottery is held toselect the students.

Nashville School of the Arts is the one exception to the lottery. Students must fill out an application and complete one of the three other steps. Students may audition, write an essay, or participate in an interview. Seventy percent (70%) of the students will be selected by audition, and thirty percent (30%) by essay or interview. There is no lottery for NSA admission.

Parents must provide their own transportation for students in magnet schools. MTA has buses that also provide transportation. There is assistance with the costs for MTA transportation for students on free or reduced lunch.
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