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.

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 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 II
  • The application process
  • What is Expanded Choice?
  • How do we assign lottery numbers?

KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Expanded Choice process begins

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Expanded Choice application deadline

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM until Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Application reopens for applicants to accept or decline.

Important Information about Choice II

Richland Two offers a second round of application and selection for Expanded Choice and Magnet Programs. Please read the information below very carefully to minimize any confusion about the application process.

Due to the popularity of these Choice programs, not all schools and programs are accepting applications for Choice 2. Furthermore, some programs only have openings for certain grade levels. If you apply to a grade level without openings, you are applying to be added to the wait pool. The information list below details which schools are open to Expanded Choice and where seats are currently available in our Magnet Programs. Please read this information carefully before making your application decisions.

Application Differences between Expand Choice and Magnet Programs

There are differences in the application process for Expanded Choice and Magnet Programs. The differences are based on the selection process - Magnets offer a limited number of seats per grade level while Expanded Choice schools do not select by grade level.

If you accepted a seat in an Expanded Choice Program, you can apply for another choice option in Choice 2.

If you accepted a seat in a Magnet Program during Choice 1, you are ineligible to apply for other Choice options in Choice 2.

If you applied to Magnet Programs in Choice I, but were not selected, you do not need to re-apply in Choice 2 for the same programs. Your Choice 1 applications remain in the waiting pool.

If you applied to Magnet Programs in Choice 1, but were not selected, you can apply to different magnet programs during Choice 2. However, applying for different programs during Choice 2 will take you out of the waiting pools for your Choice 1 selections. Duplicate applications may result in a delay or even non selection to programs.

OPEN Schoolwide Magnet Program with lottery selection

  • Conder Arts Integrated
  • Forest Lake Elementary NASA
  • Keels School for Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • eFit at Rice Creek
  • Windsor Primary Years IB
  • Dent Middle FAME
  • EL Wright International Baccalaureate World School
  • Westwood High iRed
  • Richland Northeast High IB World School

Open School within-a-School magnets with lottery selection

  • ACE at Lonnie B Nelson
    - Grade 1 only
  • eLc at Forest Lake
    - Grades 1, 3, 4 only
  • CFK – North on Muller Road Middle Campus
    - Grade 5 only
  • Montessori at Pontiac
    - -Grades 1, 2, 3 only

Open school-within-a-school magnets with selective criteria

  • Two Academies at Dent
    - Girls – grade 6 only
    - Boys – grades 6, 7, 8
  • TLC at Dent
    - Grade 6 only
  • Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Get Fit) at Summit Parkway
    - Grades 6, 7, 8
  • School of Design and Innovation (SIDI ) at Summit Parkway
    - Grades 6, 8 only
  • Convergence Media at Richland Northeast
    - Grades 9, 10 only
  • Horizon at Richland Northeast
    - Grade 9 only
  • Zoobot at Longleaf Middle
    - Grade 7 and 8 only
  • PCA at Richland Northeast
    - Grades 9, 10 only
  • BioHealth at Ridge View
    - Grade 9 only
  • Allied Health at Ridge View
    - Grade 9 only
  • The Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law at Ridge View
    - Grades 9, 10 only
  • Studio D at Westwood
    - Grade 9 only

Magnets closed to Choice for all grade levels

  • Center for Inquiry – Summit Parkway Campus
  • Center for Knowledge – ELW Campus
  • Dual Language Immersion Program – Polo Road
  • STEAM Leadership Academy at Killian
  • STEMS at North Springs
  • LAW – Leadership at Wright
  • INC – Kelly Mill
  • LEAP – Longleaf
  • Discovery – Spring Valley
  • Explorations – Spring Valley


KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Expanded Choice process begins

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Expanded Choice application deadline

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM until Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Application reopens for applicants to accept or decline.

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 top of this page. 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.

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

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

Once you complete registration you will need to add an applicant 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 add more students. There is no limit on the number of applicants you can add to your account, however, applicants are limited to three (3) programs maximum each.

I have added my applicant information, now what?

Now that you have at least one applicant associated with your account you are ready to add an application, or applications, to that applicant's profile. Adding applications is easy. Simply click the "Add an 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?

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.

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 about the programs in which your applicant is interested.

Please refer to the Key Dates section at the top of this page to make sure you understand how long the process is active for and when you will need to log back in to check the status of your applications.


KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Expanded Choice process begins

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Expanded Choice application deadline

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM until Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Application reopens for applicants to accept or decline.

Expanded School Choice

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

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.


KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12:01 AM - Expanded Choice process begins

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Expanded Choice application deadline

Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM until Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Application reopens for applicants to accept or decline.

The Lottery Process

Not all programs offered by the district are placed by lottery selection. The lottery number assignment process is automated and not subject to individual assignment.

During the choice process administrators will indicate their readiness for the lottery process to proceed at which time the expanded choice administrator will initiate the process that selects students at random from their respective pools and assigns them a number. The numbers are sequential meaning for a program with 50 applicants 50 lottery numbers, 1 through 50, will be assigned at random. No weighting or other criteria are used for this selection and assignment.

To prevent tampering assigned lottery numbers are encrypted during the lottery process and decrypted for program administrators when selections are made. At no time is the data stored in raw form.

The district uses industry accepted best practices for random number generation and assignment.