|Q. What is a Magnet school?
Magnet schools are free, public schools that are organized around
specialized themes designed to appeal to students’ interests and
aptitudes. Q. Who is eligible to attend a Northwest Suburban Integration School District magnet school?
are eligible to apply to any of the NWSISD magnet schools if they live
in any of the NWSISD member school districts.
Q. How can I tell which school district I live in?
A. The school district is listed on your Property Tax Statement. You can also check your school district by going to pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ and typing in your zip code. You will then type in your address to find your polling information and school district number.
Q. Can I apply to more than one magnet school with the magnet school application?
A student may choose two magnet schools in order of preference
on the NWSISD magnet school application. If your child does not get
into his or her first choice, the second choice may be
assigned. It is not necessary to include a second choice if
the student is only interested in one school.
Q. If I have more than one child, will they all be guaranteed admission to the same school?
A. No, they will not be guaranteed admission to the same school.
Q. Will every student who applies to the magnet schools program be accepted?
No. Students are chosen for the magnet schools program though a
computerized lottery. The names of all applicants are put into a database that then randomly selects students for each grade.
Is academic achievement or student involvement in co-curricular
activities taken into consideration when students apply to the
magnet schools program?
No, they are not. Students are encouraged to apply to a
magnet program based on interest in the magnet theme. Q. Will my child be guaranteed admission into the next level magnet school of the same theme?
No. Students cannot be guaranteed acceptance to the next level program.
However, they will be given preference for acceptance to the next level
Q. Is transportation provided?
Transportation will be provided at no cost to those students who are
accepted into an NWSISD magnet school as long as residency requirements
are maintained and it is within district guidelines.
Q. Can a student receive transportation to and from a daycare center instead of their home?
Students attending a magnet school through NWSISD may receive
transportation to and from a daycare center only if the daycare center
is either in the student’s home school district or the same school
district as the magnet school they attend. The pick up and drop off
locations must remain consistent five days a week.
Q. What are the protocols for winter weather emergencies?
If a student is transported to a school district
other than his or her resident school district, and that school district closes, NWSISD will not provide transportation to the closed school or any other location.
In addition, NWSISD will not transport students from a school district
that has closed to a different NWSISD school district.
If parents elect to provide transportation from a school district that has closed to a school that has not closed, they will also be responsible for transportation home from that school.
parents should watch the local new stations or listen to WCCO radio to
determine if these districts are closed or if they are having one or
two hour late starts. NWSISD will contact school bus contract garages
to inform them as early as possible about weather concerns and how
these concerns will impact transportation for the day in question.
Q. Whom should I contact if I have further questions regarding transportation?
Questions should be directed to the Northwest Suburban Integration
School District transportation office at 612-789-5128.
If a student who has been accepted to a magnet school moves before
school starts to a district outside NWSISD's eight-member consortium,
will the student still be able to attend the magnet school?
No. However, any student whose acceptance is no longer valid has the
option to apply through the serving school district. Parents should
contact the serving district as policies vary in each school district.
Transportation will not be provided through NWSISD.
If a student who attends a magnet school moves to a different school
district within the eight-member consortium, will the student be able
to continue attending the magnet school?
Yes, the requirement for residence within one of the eight member
districts would still be met and the student would be eligible to
continue at the magnet school. Transportation will continue to be
provided through NWSISD, as long as it is within district guidelines.
If a student who attends a magnet school moves to a school district
outside the eight-district consortium during the school year, will he
be able to continue attending the magnet school?
The student may continue to attend the magnet school until the end of
the school year. However, once the school year is finished, the student
will no longer be eligible to attend a magnet school through the NWSISD
magnet program. Transportation to the magnet school will be the
responsibility of the parent once the move occurs.
Q. My student attends our neighborhood school which is also a magnet school and we are moving. Is there any way for them to continue their education at that school? What about transportation?
A. Your student may continue to attend that magnet school if your new home is anywhere within the eight member districts. You should notify your school and they will work with either the local district or NWS transportation to ensure transportation will be provided, as long as it is within district guidelines.
If a student who attends a magnet school moves to another district in
the consortium, who do his/her parents need to contact in order to
ensure that their child continues to receive transportation to and from
the magnet school?
The parents must notify the school that their child attends. The school will then
notify Northwest Suburban Integration School District to arrange for the change in the child's
transportation needs. Parents may contact the Northwest Suburban
Integration School District transportation office with specific
questions. It may take a couple of weeks to process the change, so
please contact the school prior to the move.
If a student is currently enrolled at a magnet school through NWSISD,
is it necessary to apply through NWSISD for the following year if the
student will continue attending the same school?
A. It is not necessary to re-apply through NWSISD if the student is to remain in the same school for the following school year.