Growing Together: Magnet Programs – Community Engagement

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Currently, Durham Public Schools offers magnet program instruction and lottery admission at 23 of 52 schools (43% of all DPS Students). There are 10 Magnet Elementary Schools, 7 Magnet Middle Schools, and 6 Magnet High Schools.

In 2016, DPS created the Magnet Review Initiative to further define, evaluate and improve our system of student assignment to achieve greater efficiency, access, and equity. This work will help us shape updates and revisions to Policy 4150 directly related to our magnet programs.

Through a team of Community Ambassadors, the district hopes to engage our community in conversations about current magnet and specialty programs. This will allow us to get a better idea of how we can better serve current and future students of DPS.

Specifically, we hope you will engage in conversation about:


  • What does equity in Durham Public Schools look like in terms of school choice and access to high quality educational programs?

  • What kinds of programs would community members like to see in DPS?

  • What are community opinions of schools in DPS, in general? What are opinions of magnet and specialty programs?

Currently, Durham Public Schools offers magnet program instruction and lottery admission at 23 of 52 schools (43% of all DPS Students). There are 10 Magnet Elementary Schools, 7 Magnet Middle Schools, and 6 Magnet High Schools.

In 2016, DPS created the Magnet Review Initiative to further define, evaluate and improve our system of student assignment to achieve greater efficiency, access, and equity. This work will help us shape updates and revisions to Policy 4150 directly related to our magnet programs.

Through a team of Community Ambassadors, the district hopes to engage our community in conversations about current magnet and specialty programs. This will allow us to get a better idea of how we can better serve current and future students of DPS.

Specifically, we hope you will engage in conversation about:


  • What does equity in Durham Public Schools look like in terms of school choice and access to high quality educational programs?

  • What kinds of programs would community members like to see in DPS?

  • What are community opinions of schools in DPS, in general? What are opinions of magnet and specialty programs?

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