1309 Holly Drive
Richardson, TX 75080
Principal: Kimberly Kindred
Applications are available online now and due Dec 1. Applications received after Dec. 1 are considered for placement after Jan. 31 along with any applicants who request to be put in the waiting pool.
- Junior High Magnet Checklist
- Notification of placement is emailed by Jan. 31.
- An additional interview is required of students who apply for Theatre and/or Visual Arts at West. Students select their interview date and time during the application process, and these interviews are in January after school. Families are responsible for transportation to these after-school interviews.
- It is important that you add email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts because notifications come from these email addresses. Adding these email addresses to your contacts should prevent your mail server from filtering or blocking an email regarding a magnet school application.
- If you live in the Westwood attendance area, you don’t have to complete the application for Westwood because you will automatically feed into your neighborhood junior high.
- If you live in the West attendance area, you do not have to complete the application to attend West; unless, you want to be in a magnet course.
- If you live in the Prestonwood, Bowie, Richland or Hamilton Park (the area that feeds into Berkner HS) attendance areas, the same application will first ask you to select your preference between your choice or managed choice options. A card-stock form was sent home with each student the week of the information meeting. Use the QR code or link on this form, and it will speed up the process for you.
- West requires all students – neighborhood and magnet volunteers – to complete the application if they want to be in a magnet course.
- Westwood requires an application for all students who live outside the Westwood attendance area. Once you’ve been assigned to the school, then you are free to select among all the programs they offer.
- The only test that students must take is to qualify for Algebra 1 for 7th Graders, which is offered but not required at Westwood.
- Theatre & Visual Arts offered at West have a required interview process. The student signs up for an interview date/time when completing their application. The interview schedule this year is Jan 19-21, 4-7pm.
- Are there prerequisites to apply for the Junior High magnet programs? No, the junior high magnet programs do not have prerequisites. However, West does require that you submit an application to be in a magnet program.
If my student has a preferred magnet school, should the student complete the application for both magnet schools or only the preferred magnet school?
- Elementary magnet students have priority of placement, but are not guaranteed their first choice.
- Students who qualify for Theatre or Visual Arts, as well as students who pass the acceleration exam to be in Algebra 1 for 7th Graders, have priority of placement.
- Siblings have priority of placement assuming they are enrolled at the same school at the same time. West requires all siblings, who live outside the West attendance area, to be enrolled in a magnet program to receive sibling priority.
- Students from all other neighborhood schools are placed by random selection.
Westwood Junior High Math, Science, Leadership Magnet Questions
Does a student have to select one area of specialty/program or can a student be involved in all of them?
Junior High students take one math class in seventh grade and one math class in eighth grade. However, Westwood students have an opportunity to accelerate into Algebra 1 for seventh grade by taking a credit by exam the summer before seventh grade. Students who accelerate are able to earn Algebra 1 credit in seventh grade and take Geometry in eighth grade at Westwood.
The Leadership magnet program is aimed at supporting student growth in the areas of character and interpersonal communication. This is accomplished through specific character and communication training and real-world scenario discussions and role play. The Leadership magnet is a schoolwide initiative and an expectation that is carried through the Westwood mission statement, which is to holistically empower student leaders to become innovative, compassionate, globally minded members of society.
West Junior High Arts & Technology Magnet Questions
How much of the student’s schedule will be standard and how much will be magnet? Does a magnet program take up all electives?
How much experience does a student need in a particular magnet program or field to be considered for a specific program?
Do Communication Arts, Culinary Arts or Robotics have an audition process like Theatre and Visual Arts?
Does West offer courses in programming including video/graphics and design? Any courses on music production and mixing?
Does the AVID program help my child get into a Magnet junior high if we decide to go that route? What if we decide the AVID program is not a fit for my child?
GT programming is districtwide. West and Westwood provide the same GT courses as all other junior highs.