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Old 08-16-2006, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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In my online house hunt I have noticed that several of the developments we like are in tiny nodes that are assigned to local elementary & middle schools but then to a distant, highly undesireable high school.
My questions are:
1. how likely is it that the node as a whole could be reassigned?
2. roughly, what are the odds of "winning the lottery" to get into a magnet... 50%? 20%? Less?....
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Old 08-16-2006, 05:11 PM
 
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I'm not familiar with the magnet schools. But I believe that if you go to WCPSS.NET, they have that information. As for the "nodes", they change that around every year.
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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I knew you would answer me, i'm informed!

Do they re-configure the nodes every year or do they change the schools to which the nodes are assigned.
I keep seeing nice areas being stuck in Knightsdale, a school with no AP & very little advanced coursework of any kind. As the area develops would they perhaps put those nodes into the new more local high schools coming on line like Heritage, or will they jus tkeep the small nodes down there for "diversity"?
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:44 PM
 
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They change the schools to which the nodes are assigned; as far as I know, they don't redraw the lines for the nodes. The whole reason for all the the crazy bussing to far away schools is "diversity". They accomplish that in a better way with the magnet schools though. Although most of the Magnet Schools are in not-so-nice neighborhoods; they offer excellent programs and opportunies for students; so that students and parents from nicer areas will WANT to go there and do. They make it mandatory that no school have over 40% of the students below the poverty line; so if a school is not a magnet school and in a poor area; they will bus kids in from more affluent areas. And vice versa; if one school has too many poor students and is in a poor area; they will bus those kids to schools in nicer, more affluent areas. Becasue of this the magnet schools are pretty competitive; but worth it if you can get in.
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Old 08-16-2006, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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They change the schools to which the nodes are assigned; as far as I know, they don't redraw the lines for the nodes. The whole reason for all the the crazy bussing to far away schools is "diversity". They accomplish that in a better way with the magnet schools though. Although most of the Magnet Schools are in not-so-nice neighborhoods; they offer excellent programs and opportunies for students; so that students and parents from nicer areas will WANT to go there and do. They make it mandatory that no school have over 40% of the students below the poverty line; so if a school is not a magnet school and in a poor area; they will bus kids in from more affluent areas. And vice versa; if one school has too many poor students and is in a poor area; they will bus those kids to schools in nicer, more affluent areas. Becasue of this the magnet schools are pretty competitive; but worth it if you can get in.
I have to agree that I would not care about the area of this school if it were a magnet but it is not- it is a struggling school. I think many parents in the affluent areas would just send the kids to private for 4 years rather than dump their kids in schools that are underperforming & have little to offer.

Do you know what the odds are of getting into a magnet though?
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Old 08-16-2006, 09:43 PM
 
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I really don't know about the odds. My guess would be the odds are pretty decent if you apply to more than one of them. Broughton and Enloe are the two best magnet schools IMO; but SE Raleigh, and Garner High are also magnet schools. WCPSS.NET lists what they excell in to achieve their status as magnet schools.
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