For parents and students wanting to learn more about Hamilton County Magnet Schools, a "Magnet School Fair" will be held Monday night.

Hamilton County Schools is hosting the event between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center located at 1151 W. 40th Street in Chattanooga.

The fair will feature all of the magnet options available in Hamilton County Schools in one location with representatives on hand to answer questions and share the story of what makes each of these schools special. The two-hour window for the fair will provide an opportunity for parents and children to drop in at any time during the event to check out the options available. The application process for magnet schools is open now and will close on January 31. 

Magnet schools feature elementary schools with arts-based learning; multiple intelligences programs; a science and environment focus; Paideia-focused programs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and hands-on, active learning. Middle and high school magnets feature programs with a fine arts focus; Paideia-focused programs; a liberal arts program with foreign language as part of each child's core curriculum; museum-quality exhibit galleries; and nationally recognized science, technology, engineering and math programs (STEM).

Magnet Schools represented at the fair will include Barger Academy, Battle Academy, Brown Academy, Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts (CCA), Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) Lower, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (CSAS) - Upper, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA), East Lake Academy, Lakeside Academy, Normal Park Museum Magnet – Lower, Normal Park Museum Magnet – Upper, STEM School Chattanooga, Tyner Academy, and Tyner Middle Academy.

Magnet school open house events will also be held before the application deadline to allow children and their families to visit the schools. Hamilton County Schools provides educational opportunities to ignite the passion for learning in each child. Visit the Magnet Schools Fair to see if your child's future school is a magnet program in Hamilton County Schools.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Hamilton County Schools is opening enrollment to a select group of schools, "My Future Schools," to which students across the district will be eligible to apply. Opening enrollment to these schools will provide families with a diverse range of options outside of their neighborhood zoned school. Open enrollment schools will include magnet schools, Future Ready Institutes, early college options, and seven additional schools in the district. The additional schools will include Dalewood Middle, Howard Middle (new for 2019-2020 and it will be called Howard Connect Academy), Lookout Valley Middle/High, Red Bank Middle, Rivermont Elementary, Soddy Daisy Middle, and Woodmore Elementary. Applications for Future Ready Institutes, early college, and open enrollment schools will open on February 1, 2019.

For more information, check out My Future Schools frequently asked questions.