Elementary Magnet School Info Night

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Join RISD to learn about magnet school options available to the district elementary students (K-6):

  • Discover the benefits of magnet school curriculum
  • Get to know the three elementary magnet schools.
  • Understand the magnet school application process.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the RISD Professional Development Center at 701 W. Belt Line Road. Translation services will be available.

The online application for the RISD elementary magnet program opens Feb. 22 and closes March 31.

NEW THIS YEAR: All families are asked to submit a new application, regardless of whether they have submitted an application in the past.

Submit one application per family and connect siblings. If you have an elementary student currently attending an RISD school, use their six-digit student ID, and date-of-birth, and this will auto-fill the parent contact section. Upload a birth certificate for any student younger than elementary age. If you do not have a student currently enrolled in RISD, upload proof of residence and a birth certificate for each student.

You may have more than one first choice.

Lottery assignments will be emailed April 15. RISD prioritizes keeping siblings together. All assignments are made by random selection based on the preferences indicated on the application and the space available in the grade for your student. Parents or guardians will have a couple of weeks to notify the school if they accept the assignment. RISD will provide transportation for students who live more than two miles from the magnet.

What is an RISD Magnet School?

The goal of the RISD magnet school program is to raise the performance of our schools by:

  • Providing enhanced programs and extended curricula
  • Improving balance among schools
  • Attracting neighborhood students from private schools
  • Reducing overcrowding in neighborhood schools

Magnet schools pioneer innovation. By focusing powerful program enhancements and enriched curricula in specific campus facilities, RISD offers educational options that rival private school counterparts.

RISD magnet schools build upon the exceptional curriculum found in every RISD school. The school district fosters enriched, creative learning environments that combine proven instructional methods with cutting-edge experiences focused in areas such as math, science, the arts, communication, law, leadership, foreign languages and technology. RISD provides the inspiration, opportunities and tools for students to delve deeper and apply what they learn to project-based, hands-on experiences. RISD magnet schools challenge students to stretch their minds beyond rudimentary fact-test-repetition to personal integration of concepts and skills.

RISD magnet schools include three elementary schools, two junior high magnet campuses, and the nationally acclaimed Arts, Law and Sciences Magnet at Richardson High School. At every school level, RISD magnet schools are distinguished from traditional schools not by what we teach, but by how we teach.

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