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Where should your child go to school? Durham Magnet School Fair to offer some answers

Children and their parents attend the annual Durham Public Schools Magnet School Fair in this 2015 file photo.
Children and their parents attend the annual Durham Public Schools Magnet School Fair in this 2015 file photo. Durham Public Schools

Not sure where your child should go to school?

Parents and students can learn more about Durham Public Schools magnet programs Saturday at the Durham Public Schools Magnet School Fair taking place Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, 800 Clayton Rd.

All of the district’s 23 magnet schools and five Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways will be on display during the annual Magnet School Fair, which routinely draws thousands of parents and students.

Parents can apply to attend a wide range of school including calendar magnets such as year-round schools and program magnets in the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, languages, health sciences and other specialties.

The application period will open Jan. 8, 2018 at 12 a.m., and close Jan. 31, 2018 at 5 p.m.

DPS also offers an International Baccalaureate diploma program at Hillside High School and opportunities for students to earn college credits at Durham Middle College at Durham Technical Community College and J.D. Clement Early College on the campus of N.C. Central University.

And the district’s City of Medicine Academy, with its focus on health sciences, is routinely ranked among the top schools in the state.

In addition to attending the fair, magnet school officials also encourage parents to call the schools they’re interested in to set up a tour.

Approximately one-third — 10,085 — of the school district’s 33,744 students are enrolled in a magnet school or CTE program.

Learn more about DPS magnet schools and CTE pathways by clicking on the links below:

▪ Easley Year-Round Elementary School

▪ Holt Elementary Language Academy

▪ Pearsontown Elementary

▪ Rogers-Herr Middle School

▪ The School for Creative Studies

▪ Burton International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

▪ Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary School

▪ George Watts Montessori Magnet School

▪ Morehead Montessori Magnet Elementary

▪ R.N. Harris Integrated Arts/Core Knowledge

▪ Sandy Ridge Visual and Performing Arts Elementary School

▪ WG Pearson GT/S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Elementary School

▪ Lakewood Montessori Middle School

▪ Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle School of Technology

▪ Neal Middle School STEM Academy of Engineering and Design

▪ Shepard IB Middle Years Magnet School

▪ City of Medicine Academy

▪ Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College

▪ Hillside High School

▪ Hillside High International Baccalaureate Programme

▪ Jordan High School

▪ J.D. Clement Early College High School

▪ Hillside New Tech High School

▪ Northern High School

▪ Riverside High School

▪ Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

▪ Durham School of the Arts

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645

Magnet School Fair Attendance Tips

▪  All fair visitors will be required to enter via Clayton Road entrance and exit via Freeman Road. Exiting from Clayton Road entrance will not be permitted.

▪  All magnet elementary school presentations will be downstairs in the cafeteria of Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. Fair visitors interested in elementary schools should enter via the rear entrance of Southern.

▪  All middle and high schools will be located in the front lobby and gymnasium of Southern School of Energy and Sustainability. Fair visitors interested in middle and high schools should enter via the front entrance of Southern.

▪  The DPS Magnet School Fair is a floating event. Drop in between 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. Visitors should expect a large crowd if arriving at 10 a.m.

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