All students in the parish are eligible to apply for admission to any Magnet Academy. Applications can only be submitted online through the Magnet Academies website, http://www.lafayettechoice.com/. Parents who do not have access to computers, may come during business hours to the Magnet Academies office located at 113 Chaplin Drive, Lafayette, LA 70508 to complete an application. Please call the Magnet Academies office for more information 337-521-7044. Parents may also visit any school and request to apply.
All students must live in Lafayette Parish to be eligible for a Magnet Academy. Parents may visit www.lpssonline.com to find their child’s home zone school and contact information.
There are two Phases for acceptance into a Magnet Academy.
Phase I: Lottery Priority
Applications will open October 27th 2018, at 10am and will close December 31st 2018, at 11:30pm. Those students who apply within the deadline and meet the requirements will be placed in the lottery. Applicants will be selected by random computer drawing for available seats. Applicants not selected will be placed on a numbered waitlist.
Phase II: Open Enrollment
Applications will reopen a week after the lottery, once the lottery priorities have been assigned. Open enrollment will be on a first come, first serve basis after all waiting list priorities have been assigned. Phase II applicants must meet all requirements to be accepted into a Magnet Academy.
Magnet Academies Procedures
PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS. THESE POLICIES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR ALL MAGNET ACADEMIES PROGRAMS
Intentional falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation on an application will result in disqualification for acceptance into the Magnet Academies.
Entry Criteria / Points of Entry
Elementary Applicants: A completed application and for late entry in World Language Immersion 2nd – 5th grade: Proficiency in English and immersed language.
Middle School Applicants: A completed application and satisfactory completion of an interview, essay, audition, or examples of work. No level 3 or 4 discipline steps*, recommendation for expulsion or attendance at a disciplinary alternate site during the current school year.
In High School Applicants: A completed application and satisfactory completion of an interview, essay, audition, letter of recommendation, or examples of work. No level 3 discipline steps*, recommendation for expulsion or attendance at a disciplinary alternate site during the current school year.
*Discipline steps are defined in the LPSS Student / Parent Handbook
Students who wish to apply for more than one Academy may do so; however, a student cannot apply to more than two academies.
Once the lottery is conducted, parents/students are notified. Once an applicant has accepted the invitation, the parent must contact the Academy Director or Principal of the school to begin the enrollment process. Acceptance is limited by the number of seats available and entrance requirement. Applicants not accepted due to limited seats available will be placed on a numbered wait list determined by the lottery system.
The initial invitation for academies with grade requirements is provisional. An official invitation is determined by a review of end of the year grades. Applicants who apply for a Magnet Academy and then are retained for academic deficiencies are subject to losing their seat. Students must fulfill entrance requirements to join a magnet academy.
Applicants invited to enroll in the Magnet Academies program will have 21 calendar days to respond. Failure to respond will result in an auto-decline. If there is a waitlist, the invitation will be sent to the next waitlist applicant.
Once all entrance requirements have been verified and the process is complete, the parent/student will receive a final invitation to attend the magnet academy. Intentional falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation on an application will result in disqualification for acceptance into the Magnet Academies
Students who move into the district after the selection process is complete may apply to LPSS Magnet Academies through late entry and will be placed in an academy that has open seats and no waitlist.
Language Immersion Applicants
Special Needs Applicants
For the sake of the Magnet Academies Lottery, a sibling is defined as: two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister residing at the same or different addresses; and/or adopted child(ren).
Middle and high school applicants will be considered for sibling priority only if they share the same birthdate (twins, multiples).
If seats are available and entrance criteria are met, entry into an academy for grades K-11 may close after the 10th day of school up to the first Progress Report date, depending on the academy.
An academy may set higher standards for specific coursework. Refer to the school’s academy page and website for specific requirements.
Academics: Students are to remain in good academic standing as determined by their academy. Students not meeting the established criteria may be placed on probation.
Discipline: Students must adhere to district discipline policies found in LPSS Student / Parent Handbook, as well as academy specific policies or requirements. This may include lab protocols, internship behavior, and JROTC guidelines. Students who incur Level 3 discipline steps, recommended for an expulsion, or attend a disciplinary alternative school, may be placed on probation or removed from the academy. In elementary school, this includes Level 4 discipline steps.
Attendance: Students must adhere to LPSS district attendance policies. The Magnet Academies’ office will work closely with the Child Welfare and Attendance department to determine necessary actions. Students with attendance issues may be removed from the academy.
Participation: Students are expected to participate in any academy activity, including rehearsals, after school functions, and field trips. Academy directors and/or principals reserve the right to approve or deny any requests by students to miss an academy-related activity. Students must also satisfy any dues or fees associated with the academy. Failure to fulfill this expectation is considered breaking the agreement made with the Magnet Academies Commitment Form.
If a second violation for any enrollment expectation occurs, a meeting between the student, parent, and the academy director/principal will be documented with a written plan to resolve the deficiency. A letter documenting the violation will be placed in the student’s academy file.
Academy probation will result with the third violation for any enrollment expectation. A meeting between the student, parent, academy director/principal, and administrator/counselor will be documented with written plan established to resolve the deficiency. The student will be placed on academy probation. A letter documenting the violation will be placed in the student’s academy file and mailed to the Magnet Academies office.
A recommendation for removal from the academy will occur with the 4th violation for any enrollment expectation. A meeting between the student, parent, and academy director/principal will be documented detailing the reasons for the student to be recommended for removal from the academy. The academy director/principal will submit the request to the Magnet Academies department. The LPSS Magnet Academies committee will determine if the student will be removed from the academy. Parents can appeal the decision to the Magnet Academies department within five (5) business days of receiving removal notice.
Removal from an Academy
There are times when deficiencies cannot be resolved and it may be necessary to remove a student from an academy. The recommendation for removal from the academy would come from the school committee. The form is sent to LPSS Magnet Academies’ office for final approval. Removal from an academy would occur immediately and the student would return to their zoned school. A parent would have five (5) school days to appeal the decision to the LPSS Magnet Academies’ office. During an appeal, the student remains at the academy.
In the event that a student is sent to a disciplinary alternative site, the student will be removed from the academy. The school’s administration and academy director may appeal this decision to retain the student in the academy. If the student is removed from the academy, the student would return to their zoned school when leaving the disciplinary alternative site.
Students attending educational sites for reasons other than discipline may return to the academy if the academy coursework is current.
Voluntary Withdrawals from an Academy
Once the school year begins, any parent request to withdraw from an academy must begin at the school. The school staff should be a part of making an informed decision. An Exit Request form is completed by the parent and school representatives (Academy Director, Principal, Counselor), then sent to the Magnet Academies’ office for final approval. Students are allowed to withdraw for extenuating circumstances, as determined by the LPSS Magnet Academies Review Committee. Students, who voluntarily withdraw during the school year, will return to their zoned school.
Students moving from the Lafayette Parish School System may withdraw at any time.
Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
Magnet Academies’ students, who wish to participate in extracurricular activities, may do so unless the guideline of a state or national organization, which sanctions the activity, prohibits immediate participation.
Dr. Donald Aguillard