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Magnet Schools Program
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Council Traditional School
MCPSS Magnet School of Mathematics and Science
Old Shell Magnet School
Clark-Shaw Magnet School
Phillips Preparatory
Dunbar Magnet School
Leflore Magnet High School

How to Apply for a Magnet School 

Parents interested in applying for the Mobile County Public Magnet School Program may do so on-line at http://www.mcpss.com or by visiting any magnet school to complete an application.

SEE AND SIGN DAYS are sponsored at each of the magnet schools onaFriday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on a Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.during the month of January. Parents will be given the opportunity to SEE what is offered at Mobile County magnet schools and to SIGN UP for the school of their choice.  Volunteers, faculty and counselors will be available to assist with the completion of the web-based computer application and to answer questions about the various magnet school programs.

Magnet schools are open to all Mobile County Public School System resident students. Each Mobile County magnet school offers unique academic programs for motivated students.  Magnet schools include Council Traditional School, 751 Wilkinson Street, emphasizing traditional academics and communications for grades K-5.  Phillips Preparatory School is located at3255 Old Shell Road and is a college preparatory curriculum for grades 6-8. LeFlore Magnet High School isfor grades 9-12 and is located at 3160 Heather Street. Old Shell Road and Dunbar Schools of Creative and Performing Arts are for grades K-4 and 5-8, respectively.  Old Shell is located at 1706 Old Shell Road.  Dunbar is located at 500 Saint Anthony Street. For students interested in math and science, there are for grades K-5 the MCPSS Magnet School of Mathematics and Science located at 80 Grant Street, Chickasaw, AL and for grades 6-8 the Clark-Shaw Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology located at 5960 Arlberg St., Mobile, AL.

For additional information or assistance, please contact or visit the individual magnet schools or the Magnet Schools Program Office at (251) 221-4039.


 

What Are the Mobile County Magnet Schools?

 

Magnet schools are accelerated schools that teach National Common Core Standards, plus other academic skills needed to increase student learning. A student who seeks enrollment in a magnet school should be a motivated, academically high-performing student.

The Mobile County Public School System is functioning under the guidelines of the Birdie Mae Davis Consent Decree (1988). This Consent Decree is the basis for maintaining the racial balance in all schools in the school system. Magnet schools were developed as part of the Birdie Mae Davis consent decree and are open to all students in the Mobile County Public School System regardless of attendance zone.

Mobile County magnet schools offer unique, advanced academic programs. Council Traditional School, located at 751 Wilkinson Street, emphasizes traditional academics and communications for grades K-5. Phillips Preparatory School, located at 3255 Old Shell Road, is a college preparatory curriculum for grades 6-8. Old Shell Road and Dunbar Schools of Creative and Performing Arts are for grades K-5 and 6-8, respectively. Old Shell is located at 1706 Old Shell Road. Dunbar School for the Creative and the Performing Arts is located at 500 Saint Anthony Street.

For those interested in mathematics, science and technology magnet programs, the Mobile County Public School District also operates the MCPSS Magnet School of Math and Science and Clark-Shaw Magnet Schools for grades K-5 and 6-8, respectively. MCPSS Magnet School of Math and Science located at 80 Grant Street, Chickasaw, AL. Clark-Shaw Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology is located at 5960 Arlberg Street, Mobile, Alabama. 

High school students in grades 9-10 may explore the Pre-law or Pre-medicine programs offered at LeFlore Magnet High School.  LeFlore Magnet High School is located at 700 Donald Street, Mobile, AL 36617.

How Are Students Selected to Magnet Schools?

Any Mobile County Public School System resident student may apply for admission to a magnet school; however, the student must meet the following criteria if selected: (1) The student must be promoted to the next grade as of the last day of the current school year. A student required to attend Summer School, or moved by chronological age is not eligible. The student’s report card must be verified for promotion by the selected magnet school to finalize acceptance. (2) The student must be currently enrolled in school in a non-alternative program.  (3) A student must have a good discipline record.  The student must not have been suspended more than twice during the present school year, received more than 6 days of suspension, or received a code C, D, or E offense. (4) The student must be a current resident of the Mobile County Public School System.

All completed, student applications are included in the magnet lottery. Each application is assigned a random number during the magnet selection process. The student's name is then placed on the desired school's waiting list in random number order. As a student's random number is chosen by a computer selection program, the magnet schools' placement needs are checked for an opening. If an opening is found, the student is selected and notified by mail. If no opening is available, the student's random number and application record remains in the "Waiting Pool of Applicanrs" until the next drawing.

Students are not placed into elementary or middle school magnet programs after the first month of the school year.