Welcome to Choice 2017 - 2018

Online Registration:

Please click on the "Register" link at the top right to register for Expanded Choice or school magnet programs. Please note that registrations from previous years are not valid and you must register again.

After you have registered with the system you will be asked to add your child as a student and to pick a program for which you wish to have the child apply to.

You may log in at any time during the registration process to add additional children to your profile, add additional choices, change existing choices, or withdraw from any previously selected choices.

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This application supports Internet Explorer versions 10.0 and higher as well as current versions of Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

This application has not been thoroughly tested with nor do we support 3rd party web browsers, or mobile computing devices (Blackberry's, iPhone,iPad, Android, etc). Use these devices and browsers at your own risk.

Important Information about Choice!

How do I apply?

Application for Expanded Choice or Magnet programs is easy! First you need to register with the system. To do so click on the Register link on the left side of this page or select "Register" from the menu and enter basic information about yourself, and optionally, one other parent /guardian. You'll need a valid email address to complete registration. Once registered you will be automatically logged into the system and you will also receive an email verifying your registration and providing you with your account details.

Please watch this helpful video on how to register and apply for these programs

Now that I am a registered user what's the next step?

Once you complete registration you will be automatically directed to a page where you can add students to your account. Applicant is another way of saying student and applicant refers to those individuals for whom you have legal guardianship over and for whom you wish to apply for Expanded Choice or a Magnet Program. You must add at least one student before you will be allowed to add any applications. You can always return to this page to add more students. There is no limit on the number of applicants you can add to your account.

I have added my student information, now what?

Now that you have at least one student associated with your account you are ready to add an application, or applications, to that student's profile. Applicants show up in a series of tabs. If you only have one student then you will only see one tab, and so on. Adding applications is easy. New students will not have any applications listed in the "Current Applicants" section. Simply click the "Add Application" button and you will be presented with a series of panels asking you which program type you wish to apply for (i.e. Expanded Choice or Magnet Program), which specific program within that program type (i.e. Expanded Choice: RidgeView High School, Magnet Program: TWO Academies, etc) and finally specific information that needs to be collected based on that specific program.

I Am Done Adding Applications, What Now?

Signup for applications runs from Monday, December 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM EST to Friday, January 27, 2017 11:59:00 PM EST.

You do not need to do anything further once you have finished. During the application period you may log back in and:

  • Add, Change or Delete student information
  • Add, change or delete applications
  • Make sure you have read the requirements of each application thoroughly as some programs have additional requirements such as interviews, additional pages that must be completed prior to selection, etc. It is your responsibility that you understand and follow these additional requirements.

Once the signup period is over you will not be able to log back into your account until Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM EST at which time you will be able to check the status of your application(s). This acceptance period will run from Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM EST until Friday, March 31, 2017 11:59:00 PM EST.

Is There Anything Else I Should Know?

Yes, please read the information about Expanded Choice and Magnet Programs so you have a clear understanding of how each is different. Richland School District Two prides itself on its vast array of program offerings. Each program is unique, requiring different criteria and expectations; therefore, it is extremely important that you are knowledgeable of the programs in which you are interested.

Expanded School Choice

The Richland Two Board of Trustees has approved limited choice options for all students who reside within the district. Each school in the district will have 20 additional allocated spaces for choice students who do not benefit from one of the other existing choice options. If more than 20 students apply for any one school, all applicant names will become part of the random selection process.

Students enrolled in special education programs that are offered at all schools may opt to transfer to another school if space is available in the program. Students enrolled in special education programs that are offered at specific sites will continue to attend at those sites.

Parents who exercise any of the choice options must provide transportation for their children. Students are expected to remain at the choice school until they move to the next level (elementary-middle-high) at which time they may apply for another choice. Parents and students are encouraged to exercise their choice options by selecting the school and programs that best meet their needs.

The rules of the South Carolina High School League determine eligibility for interscholastic athletics and activities for middle and high school students. Parents and students should be aware of these rules before applying for a choice, magnet, or transfer option. If your student plans to participate in athletics, please call the Coordinator of Athletics Office at 803.738.3338 for eligibility information prior to changing schools.

Applications for students living outside of the Richland School District Two attendance area will be not be accepted for Expanded Choice.


  • (Monday, December 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM EST) Expanded Choice process begins
  • (Friday, January 27, 2017 11:59:00 PM EST )Expanded Choice application deadline
  • (Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM EST untilFriday, March 31, 2017 11:59:00 PM) Application status available. To view status of your individual applications simply sign back in.

(Please Note: The Expanded Choice acceptance/enrollment deadline will be noted on the on-line approval. Students that have been approved for Choice will not be allowed to enroll after the noted deadline.)

If you have questions about this choice option, contact the Planning Office at 803-738-3314.

Magnet Programs

Applications for students living outside of the Richland School District Two attendance area will be not be accepted for Magnet Programs.

Magnet Applications must be completed by: Friday, January 27, 2017 11:59:00 PM EST

Notification of your child’s acceptance/denial into your requested program will be available for review by logging into your account and checking your application(s) status from Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:00:00 PM EST until Friday, March 31, 2017 11:59:00 PM EST.

Background Information:

Richland School District Two has a commitment to create world-class instructional programs that provide unique, high-quality learning opportunities and experiences for students.  To this end, we are pleased to offer our magnet programs.

The instructional focus of our magnet programs is tailored to specific educational goals and outcomes.  Our magnet programs provide ample choices that match the interests and aptitudes of selected students in our elementary, middle, and high schools.

The design of the magnet programs meets specific needs and reflects distinct educational philosophies.  Each of these programs provides students with individual attention and challenging coursework geared to nurture their unique interests.  Each offers diverse opportunities such as a particular teaching method, special course offerings, and an emphasis on a specific field of study.

Interested students throughout the district are encouraged to apply for admission to the magnet program of their choice.  All students who live in the Richland School District Two attendance zone, as well as those who are affiliated with Fort Jackson in rising sixth through ninth grades, are eligible for admission into the district’s magnet programs.  Magnet programs are an extension of our commitment to provide optimum learning settings for all of our students.

Admission is based on successful completion of the acceptance process, which includes meeting qualifying criteria.  Each magnet program has limited enrollment capacity.  Upon acceptance, students must transfer to the magnet’s host school and provide their own transportation.

We sincerely hope that you will find a program which matches your personal educational goals.  These outstanding programs offer the most respected instructional opportunities of their kind.  Please give them your thoughtful consideration.

Elementary School Magnets 

Academy for Civic Engagement (ACE) at Nelson Elementary

Center for Achievement on the Kelly Mill Middle Campus 

Center for Inquiry on the Summit Parkway Campus

Center for Knowledge on the E. L. Wright Campus

Center for Knowledge North on the Muller Road Middle Campus

Elementary Learning Collaborative (ELC)  at Forest Lake Elementary

Environmental Fitness Academy (eFIT)  at Rice Creek Elementary

International Baccalaureate Candidate School for the Primary Years Programme at Windsor Elementary

Language Immersion Academy at Polo Road Elementary

Montessori School at Spears Creek Road

NASA Explorer School (NES) at Forest Lake Elementary 

Joseph Keels School of Entrepreneurial Leadership (SEL) at Joseph Keels Elementary

STEAM Leadership Academy at Killian Elementary

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math School (STEMS) at North Springs Elementary

Middle School Magnets 

Academy of Exercise Physiology & Sports Medicine at Summit Parkway Middle

Fine Arts Media Literacy Program (FAME) at Dent Middle

International Baccalaureate World School at E.L. Wright Middle

Kelly Mill, Inc. at Kelly Mill Middle

Leadership Academy at Muller Road Middle

Leadership Academy at Wright (LAW) at E.L. Wright Middle

Longleaf Engineering and Arts Program (LEAP) at Longleaf Middle

School of Zoological and Botanical Studies (ZooBot) at Longleaf Middle

The Learning Collaborative (TLC) at Dent Middle

The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) at Summit Parkway Middle

TWO Academies at Dent Middle

High School Magnets

Discovery at Spring Valley High

Explorations at Spring Valley High

Horizon at Richland Northeast High

Convergence Media at Richland Northeast High

Institute for Allied Health Sciences at Ridge View High

Institute for BioHealth Sciences at Ridge View High

iRED at Westwood High

Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland Northeast High

Richland Northeast International Baccalaureate World School at Richland Northeast High

The Scholars Academy at Ridge View High

If you have questions about this choice option, contact the Office of Academics at (803) 738-3248. 

Lottery Process

The student selection process for some of our magnet programs is done through an electronic lottery process. Unlike magnets that are based solely upon academic achievement lottery based magnets randomly assign numerical values to all students who have applied. Many factors are used for selection with the assigned lottery number being one of those factors.

Technically the process is very simple. At the end of the application process a database script is executed that randomly assigns a numerical value to each student in the respective application pool. Each pool is separate so if you, for example, applied to Center for Knowledge and Center for Inquiry, you would have two different lottery numbers assigned for those applications. Since the lottery number assignment occurs at the end of the application process someone who applied at the very beginning of the process has as good of a chance at drawing a low number as someone who applied on the very last day does. Also, the assignment of a low lottery number is not a guarantee of selection as those students with higher numbers can, and have been selected.