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LPSS reopens applications for Magnet Academies Lottery; Northside Health Academy closing

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LPSS reopens applications for Magnet Academies Lottery; Northside Health Academy closing

Applications for the Lafayette Parish School System Magnet Academies Lottery will reopen today, Tuesday, February 27 beginning at 9:00 am. 

LPSS says that the Lottery held on February 20th resulted in 1,828 students being assigned to academies in the parish. According to the school system, the waiting lists for students remain long at the Environmental Sciences Academy at L. Leo Judice and the Arts and Technology Academy at J Wallace James. Those academies will not be taking in applications. 

All other academies will begin their application processes again, today. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Several changes have been announced for the Magnet Academies Lottery. In a press release LPSS outlined some of those changes:

During the 2018-2019 school year, the French Immersion program will be expanded to PreK and Kindergarten students at Westside Elementary School. 
18 months after the historic flood, Westside Elementary students are still attending classes at a temporary campus. However, when they return to Westside next year, they'll not only have new classrooms, but a brand new french immersion program. 

"I think it's going to be a wonderful to immerse the old and immerse the new," principal Lisa Thomas said. "We haven't had Pre-K before. That's going to be a wonderful way to start the program."

Two Way Spanish Immersion at Charles Burke Elementary has been included in the Magnet Academies Lottery.  Carencro Middle will open its Informatics Academy beginning Fall 2018 for 6th-grade students.

In addition to those changes, LPSS has announced other changes to some academies. Judice Middle will delay the opening of its Business Academy until the 2019-2020 school year while the Health Academy at Northside High will end after the 2017-2018 school year. Those students who have met academic and disciplinary requirements will be offered a seat at Lafayette High School's Health Academy.

Annette Samec, Lafayette Parish School System chief academic officer, says Northside High had low enrollment for the program. 

"We had 10 applicants for it," Samec said.  "We had seats opened for 100 students. For the 10th grade level we were going to allow late entry in. We didn't get the applications for 10th grade and we only had 10 applications for 9th." 

Parents still have a chance to enroll their children in the Magnet Academies program if they missed the original deadline.

"We'll keep phase 2 open probably for about 10 days after school starts for high school," Samec said. "For K-8th we will keep it open for some of the academies until almost the first progress report. "

Thomas say's she's excited to see what her schools new french immersion program will bring to her new campus.

"I think the cultural expansion with the program will make a difference for our environment," Thomas said. 

LPSS asks that anyone with questions regarding Academies visit www.lafayettechoice.com or call the Magnet Academies office at 337-521-7160

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