WS/FCS 2020-21 Choice Timeline


Your child is entering kindergarten: New Dates

  • Children who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020, may enroll in kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. 
  • April 6 - May 1: Parents also can apply to one of our magnet schools: Ashley, Brunson, Diggs-Latham, The Downtown School, Konnoak, Mineral Springs, Speas and Moore. All but the Downtown School offer magnet-express transportation to those outside of their zones.
  • Parents of rising Kindergarteners students can choose among the four or five schools in their geographic zone. To find out your residential school and zone, visit the School Locator or call 748-3302.
  • April 6 - May 1: All children are guaranteed a spot in their residential schools or one of their three choices. Siblings also have the right to attend the same school. Transportation is provided to every school in a student's zone.
  • May 18 - May 29: Parents also can apply to schools outside of their residential zone between May 18 and May 29.  Transfers are granted if space is available, and you must provide your own transportation. Applications will be available on our Web site. Please make in-zone choices even if you plan to apply for an out-of-zone school, in case there is not space available at the out-of-zone school you desire.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly enacted a law imposing mandatory caps on class sizes in grades Kindergarten through third that went into effect starting with the 2017-2018 school year.  The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is required to comply with this legislation.  It is important to our Board of Education that we share this new law with our families, as it limits their ability to grant choices requests.

Your child is currently in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade:

  • November 16: Magnet School Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Education Building. Visit with students, teachers, and principals from each magnet school.
  • December 15 - January 10: This is the only time to apply to a magnet school (Ashley, Brunson, Diggs-Latham, Konnoak, Mineral Springs, Speas, Moore, and the Downtown School). You will find out whether you were accepted by mail around the last week in January. For more information visit wsfcs.k12.nc.us/magnet .
  • Mid-January: Your child will bring home a letter showing his or her school assignment for next year. It also will explain which other schools are in your zone and what choice you can make. If you want to stay at your assigned school, do nothing. If you'd like a different school, it's time to start investigating.
  • January 27 - February 7: This is the time to visit other schools in your zone, ask questions and make a decision for next year. Rank your top three choices and turn them in by February 7. You are guaranteed one of your three choices or your residential school. Please make in-zone choices even if you plan to apply for an out-of-zone school. You will find out your school assignment around Mid-February.
  • One exception: If your child was accepted into a magnet school and you want your child to attend that school, you should not complete a choice card; it will override your magnet assignment. 
  • February 24 - March 6: If you're interested in a school outside of your zone, now is the time to apply. There must be space available and you must provide your own transportation. You'll receive your assignment by mail around Mid-March.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted a law imposing mandatory caps on class sizes in grades Kindergarten through third that went into effect starting with the 2017-2018 school year.  The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is required to comply with this legislation.  It is important to our Board of Education that we share this new law with our families, as it limits their ability to grant choices requests.

Your child is currently in 5th, 6th or 7th grade:

  • November 16: Magnet School Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Education Building. Visit with students, teachers, and principals from each magnet school.
  • December 15 - January 10:  This is the only time to apply to a magnet school (Hanes, Mineral Springs, Paisley, Philo-Hill, Wiley, the Downtown School and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy). You will find out whether you were accepted by mail around the last week in January. For more information visit wsfcs.k12.nc.us/magnet .
  • Mid-January:
    • Rising 6th graders: Your child will bring home a packet containing a booklet, choice card, and a letter showing his or her residential middle school for next year. It also will explain which other schools are in your zone and what choice you can make.
    • Rising 7th and 8th graders: Your child will bring home a letter showing his or her school assignment for next year. It also will explain which other schools are in your zone and what choice you can make. If you want to stay at your assigned school, do nothing. If you'd like a different school, it's time to start investigating.
    • One exception: If your child was accepted into a magnet school and you want your child to attend that school, you should not complete a choice card; it will override your magnet assignment. 
  • January 27 - February 7:  This is the time to visit other schools in your zone, ask questions and make a decision for next year. Rank your top three choices and turn them in by February 7. You are guaranteed one of your three choices or your residential school. Please make in-zone choices even if you plan to apply for an out-of-zone school. You will find out your school assignment around Mid-February.
  • February 24 - March 6: If you're interested in a school outside of your zone, now is the time to apply. There must be space available and you must provide your own transportation. You'll receive your assignment by mail around Mid-March.

Your child is currently in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade:

  • November 16:  Magnet School Fair at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Education Building. Visit with students, teachers, and principals from each magnet school.
  • December 15 - January 10:  This is the only time to apply to a magnet school (Atkins, Kennedy, North Forsyth, Paisley, Parkland, Reynolds and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy). You will find out whether you were accepted by mail around the last week in January. For more information visit wsfcs.k12.nc.us/magnet .
  • Mid-January:  Students will bring home a letter showing his or her school assignment for next year and explaining how to apply for a Choice transfer to a different high school.
  • January 27 - February 7:  If you would like your child to attend another high school, apply now for a Choice transfer. If there is space available and you will provide your own transportation, we will try to give you a spot. If space is limited, students will be assigned in the order that their choice applications were received. You'll receive your assignment by mail around Mid-February.
  • One exception: If your child was accepted into a magnet school and you want your child to attend that school, you should not complete a choice card; it will override your magnet assignment. 

School Showcase

Find out more in our School Showcase / Magnet and Choice information:

School Showcase / Magnet and Choice booklet - English

School Showcase / Magnet and Choice booklet - Spanish