• When is the lottery?

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    Applications for the 2017/2018 school year will be available from January 12, 2017, until 3 p.m., March 3, 2017. The lottery will be held at 12 p.m. on March 30, 2017.

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  • Do I need to be present at the lottery?

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    You do not need to be present at the lottery. However, it is open to the public if you would like to observe the drawing.

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  • Are my chances in the lottery better if I turn the application in early?

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    No. All applications received by the application deadline are entered into the lottery.

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  • Can I submit an application after the Friday, March 10 deadline?

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    Late applications received after the 3pm, March 10th deadline will be processed after the lottery and added to the end of the wait list in the order they are received.

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  • Do I need to attend an orientation meeting?

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    No. Barnette offers several school tours, and parents are encouraged to attend, but they are not required.

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  • Do you need copies of my child’s birth certificate and shot records?

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    Not at the time of application. If a student receives a space and enrolls at Barnette we will need a birth certificate and shot records at that time.

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  • What are my child’s chances of getting in? How many spaces will be available?

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    The number of spaces available in each grade varies year to year. Factors include the number of students leaving the school to move to other schools or districts, the number of siblings enrolling, etc.  This number flucuates from year to year.

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  • When will I know if my child has a space at Barnette Magnet School?

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    Results of the lottery will be mailed by Monday, April 10, 2017. Please do not phone for results.

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  • What happens if my child is on the wait list?

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    If your child is on the wait list, we do not have a space for him/her at the time of the lottery. During the school year, we use the wait list to fill any openings that may occur. If an opening occurs, and your student is next on the wait list, we will call you. Students will be called on an individual basis in the order placed on the wait list as grade level openings become available. The wait list is only good for the 2017/2018 school year. A new wait list is made each year during the lottery.  There is only one wait list at Barnette which includes all students waiting to be enrolled. Sibling preference does not apply to students who are enrolled off of the wait list.

     

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  • Do students have to reapply every year?

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    Students who are attending Barnette Magnet School do not need to reapply every year. Students who are on the wait list, including siblings, will need to reapply.  A new wait list is made every year.

     

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  • I am applying for more than one child, if one child gets in, will all of my children get in?

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    Barnette Magnet does give preference to siblings. This occurs in two ways.  Firstly, if an open space is available for other siblings during the lottery when their sibling was chosen for an open spot.  However, enrollment is dependent on space available in the needed grade during the lottery. There may be more than one sibling on the wait list. Students will be called on an individual basis in the order placed on the wait list as grade level openings become available. Second, after all open spots are full, sibling preference is then done for that lottery year and is only enacted during the lottery the following year after one sibling has been actively enrolled and attended Barnette.

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  • What are the hours at Barnette Magnet School?

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    8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.  There is an after-school program available that is hourly fee based.

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  • What is the school size/class size?

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    We have approximately 425 students in K-8. Class sizes are inline with district OAA targets (Admin Reg 1032.2).

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  • Is Kindergarten full day?

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    Yes. Kindergarten is full day (8:15-2:45) after Labor Day. Prior to Labor Day, Kindergarten follows an introductory schedule to let students adjust to the school day.

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  • Is there a charge to attend Barnette Magnet School?

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    The Barnette Magnet School is a public school and does not charge tuition. There is a fee for the Friday in Fairbanks program, which is currently $60 per year.  There are exploration classes which do require consumable supply fees not covered by general education allotments.  These generally range from $10 to $15 at this time. Families should plan for approximately $100 per year/ per student in additional fees when accepting enrollment at Barnette.

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  • Do you offer an after school program?

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    We currently have an after school program. The program will be offered year to year and there is an hourly fee for this program.

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  • What is the difference between a charter school and a magnet school?

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    A magnet school still adheres to the school district curriculum. We use the same textbooks and programs as the school district. Barnette Magnet School is exceptional because students in grades 1-8 choose elective classes each quarter, called Explorations that meet Monday through Thursday. We have an unique Friday In Fairbanks adjusted afternoon schedule which allows for various school and community based activities. Other differences exist between Charter schools and Magnet schools such as class size, enrollment and admission policies, and philosophies of teaching.

     

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