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About Magnets

Durham Public Schools offers many magnet school options for students who are interested in applying to a school with a particular specialized program, non-traditional instructional method, or one that operates on a year-round calendar.

DPS Magnet Schools serve specific purposes for our school district. The three purposes are included in the Magnet Guiding Principles adopted by the Board of Education in August of 2011:

  • Utilize school facilities effectively
  • Promote school diversity
  • Provide diverse and relevant program offerings throughout the district that meet student interest and provide expanded learning opportunities