Huntsville City Schools accepting magnet program applications earlier than usual

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For nearly two weeks, Huntsville City Schools has been accepting applications to its magnet programs.

The seven specialized programs provide educational choices for students of all ages throughout the district. The school system also dubbed October magnet awareness month to help draw attention to the effort.

"The good thing about this is that parents will know before we have our winter break if their child's accepted to a magnet program for the 2016-2017 school year," said Magnet Programs Director Tammy Summerville.

The application window opened October 1, 2015, and closes November 5, 2015. The fall time frame is part of the district's consent agreement and it will help to relieve some stress for both parents and students.

"It will take away a little anxiety knowing if they're accepted into a magnet program or not, so I think the parents and students will appreciate that they know sooner that they're going to be attending a magnet school for the following fall," said Summerville.

Huntsville City Schools has already received more than 370 applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

To learn more about the programs, the district's eighth graders will attend "Magnets at the Monaco" on Thursday. A Magnet Fair will also take place Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Lee High School. School representatives will be on hand to answer questions and share information about the variety available.

To learn more about the magnet programs or to apply, click here.