The Wichita district will show off magnet schools and other special programs at its annual Choices Fair on Thursday.
The fair, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Century II Exhibition Hall, will feature booths and demonstrations showcasing magnet schools, neighborhood schools and the wide range of special programs offered by the Wichita district. It provides “one-stop shopping” for families exploring education options within the district.
Parents can visit Wichita magnet schools next week. A visitation schedule can be found at www.magnet.usd259.org. The application deadline for most magnets is Feb. 13 at 4:45 p.m.
Wichita – the state’s largest school district, with more than 51,000 students – offers technology, foreign language, fine arts and traditional magnet schools, among others. It also has alternative high schools, career development schools and college-preparatory programs.
There are no testing or selection criteria to qualify for a magnet school. Students who apply are selected by a random, computerized lottery conducted in late March. The most popular schools typically have waiting lists.
Notification letters will be sent out in late March for Northeast Magnet High School and mid-April for elementary and middle schools. Those who are not selected are placed on a random waiting list for all schools they applied for.
The Choices Fair is free. Spanish and Vietnamese translators will be available.