School Choice

  • The Richmond County School System is currently accepting applications for House Bill 251. The deadline for the application is May 1st, 2021. For more information about House Bill 251, please visit our HB251 site

    Click HERE to apply!

  • The application period for magnet schools and specialized programs has ended. There will be a late application from March 8th to May 1st if you missed the deadline. The late application timeline will be posted soon with information about how to apply. You may still apply for school choice through the HB251 application. Decision letters for the early application period will be mailed to parents on March 1st, 2021. If you applied for Davidson Fine Arts and received a qualifying score, you would have received an invitation. Students who did not receive an invitation did not have a qualifying score on the math and reading diagnostic. 

  • choice


    Please click the link for a digital copy of our 2021-2022 School Options Guide which outlines our school choice options, specialized programs, and dedicated magnet schools. You may also explore the links to the left for more information about specific programs.


    In order to explore these choices further, the Richmond County School System will be hosting open houses at our various schools in November and December. Individual schools and programs have additional information on their websites as well. 

    Welcome to the RCSS Magnet and Specialized Programs Information Page 
    Thank you for your interest in our outstanding magnet schools and specialized programs. We have a variety of programs to meet the needs of every student. 
    Magnet Schools
    A. R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School

    C. T. Walker Traditional Magnet School
    John S. Davidson Fine Arts School
    Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School
    Specialized Programs
    Academy of Richmond County (IB Middle Years,  Diploma, and Career-Related Programmes)
    A. Dorothy Hains Elementary School (STEM)
    Copeland Elementary School (IB Primary Years Programme) 
    Cross Creek High School (AP Academy and NJROTC)
    Garrett Elementary School (Arts Infusion)
    Goshen Elementary School (STEAM) 
    Hephzibah Elementary School (IB Primary Years Programme)
    Hephzibah Middle School (IB Middle Years Programme)
    Hephzibah High School (IB Middle Years Programme) 
    Lake Forest Hills Elementary School (IB Primary Years Programme)
    Langford Middle School (IB Middle Years Programme) 
    Lucy C. Laney High School (Academy for Advanced Placement Studies)
    Spirit Creek Middle School (Robotics and Computer Programming) 
    Tutt Middle School (Arts Infusion)
    Warren Road Elementary School (Arts Infusion)
    Westside High School (AP Academy) 
    Magnet Schools vs Specialized Programs
    Magnet Schools: Public schools offering specialized instruction and programs. Magnet schools draw students from across the school system rather than the traditional school zones defined by the school board. Students wishing to attend a magnet school must complete the magnet application process and meet the required criteria.
    Specialized Programs: Specialized programs offered within comprehensive schools. Specialized programs operate as a “school within a school” or "whole school." In addition to serving their traditionally zoned students, specialized programs draw students from across the school system. Students wishing to attend a specialized program must complete the Magnet and Specialized Progams Application process and meet the required criteria.
    Questions? Call us at 706-826-1136 or email us at