Magnet Theme FAQs

  1. What is a Magnet School? A public school site of Educational Options where a specialized magnet theme is implemented school-wide. All students attending the school participate in the thematic learning components of the program. Students who live outside of the magnet school's attendance area apply to the program and are accepted based on a lottery system.  Transportation is provided to all enrolled students, in compliance with current district transportation policies. Bayonet Point, Cetennial and Pine View Middle are Magnet Schools. 
  2. What is a Non-Boundary Magnet School? A public school site of Educational Options where a specialized magnet theme is implemented school-wide. The school site does not have a traditional attendance zone, therfore all students must initially apply through the Student Magnet Theme Application process or through School Choice.   All students attending the school participate in the thematic learning components of the program. Transportation is provided to all enrolled students, in compliance with current district transportation policies. Sanders Memorial Elementary is a Non-Boundary Magnet School.
  3. What is a Magnet Theme? A specialized curriculum and/or way of learning that is unique to a specific school site.   Magnet themes are aligned with Florida State Standards and designed to attract students with unique talents, interests, and/or abilities.
  4. What is STEM? STEM is a type of instruction that includes an inquiry based, approach to learning for Middle School Students. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are the focus of learning.
  5. What is STEAM? STEAM is a type of instruction that includes an inquiry based, approach to learning for Elementary School Students. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are the focus of learning.
  6. What is IB MYP? The IB MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.  Please visit the IBO Website for more information. 
  7. Can I apply for more than one magnet program at the middle school level? Yes, a student may make two selections, MYP and the STEM school in their attendance zone.
  8. How are students who submit a magnet application selected?  Through a randomized lottery system using any established preferences.  
  9. My son/daughter submitted a magnet application but was not selected in the first round.  Will my son/daughter have another chance to be selected for the 2018-2019 school year?  Yes, each applicant receives a lottery number that is used to fill magnet theme school site seats when space becomes available for the school year applied.
  10. When will my son/daughter have another chance to submit a magnet application? The magnet lottery will be open for the 2018-2019 school year from December 4, 2017 through, January 12, 2018. Dates for the 2019-2020 school year have not yet been established.
  11. If my son/daughter was selected this year, will we have go through the lottery system again next year? Not if you live within Pasco County. However, if you live outside of Pasco County you must re-apply to be enrolled in a Pasco school each year.  A new Florida statute, that went into effect for the 2017-2018 school year, does not allow out of district students to displace district residents.
  12. Is a magnet theme school site better than the non-magnet theme school site that is close to my home? All Pasco County schools provide a quality educational experience. Magnet theme school sites are not designed to be better. They are designed to be different. They offer a different structure, focus, and curriculum. They are designed to provide options. The curriculum at all our schools, meet the Florida Standards.
  13. Will transportation be provided?  Arterial bus transportation will be provided to all magnet school/programs, following the district transportation policies.  Hubs systems will be developed for each magnet school/program site.  Bus times and bus stops will not be available until after enrollment decisions are made and bus transportation schedules are developed, prior to the beginning of school.
  14. When can I tour the magnet school? Contact the magnet theme school site for dates and times of approved school tours.
  15. Can I still apply for School Choice to another school? Yes, within the February 1st to March 1st timeline. Please visit our School Choice website for details.
  16. Because I have a magnet application lottery number, will I have preference in the School Choice process? No. The magnet application lottery process and number are not connected to the School Choice process.
  17. What happens if I don’t get my acceptance in on time? If you do not respond by the deadline, your position is forfeited. You may reapply once the selection process opens again for the following school year. Dates to be determined.
  18. I was originally offered a position and I declined. Can I accept at a later date? No. If an offer of transfer is presented and declined, your lottery number will be forfeited for this school year.
  19. Is PLACE available at Sanders Memorial STEAM School?  Yes, PLACE is available as a fee based before and after care program.
  20. Is PLACE availalbe at the Middle School Magnet Programs? No, PLACE is not available at any middle school.