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RHS and BHS STEM offer unique magnet experiences for students entering 9 th grade. Listed below are important dates if your 8 th grader is interested in applying to one of these magnet programs. Students can apply for both magnets and decide upon acceptance which one they prefer.



December- all 8th grade students will watch the RHS Magnet Video during Advisory

December- field trip permission slips are mailed home to 8th grade students

December 5-9- qualified students who are interested in learning about the Magnet programs must turn in their field trip permission forms to their junior high counselor by December 9.

January 13- RHS Magnet Connection Field trip for qualified 8th graders

January 17- Eagle Celebration-7:00 p.m. @ RHS-  open house and information for students who plan on attending RHS and their parents

January 27- RHS Magnet Applications are due to the junior high counseling office

February 21-March 9- Magnet counselor will come to junior high to register magnet students

(RHS Magnet strands: Science, Visual Art, Photography, Communications, Law, Robotics, & Culinary, Theatre, and Tech Theatre)



November 29- STEM information session for 8th graders- during school day @ Westwood

November 30 - STEM application opens on-line http://goo.gl/NwlrWV

December 1- information regarding STEM and field trip permission forms will be mailed out to all 8th graders

December 7-9 - all interested students must return field trip permission forms

January 20 - STEM Field trip


January 27- STEM applications due

February 17- notification of acceptance

April 26- incoming parent and student meeting @ 6:30pm


**** LINK FOR APPLYING TO BHS STEM****   http://goo.gl/NwlrWV 

(BHS Magnet Strands: Robotics/Engineering, Aviation, Biotechnology)


RHS Magnet Info

Eighth Graders - Please remember grades, attendance, and citizenship count for eligibility for the magnet field trip in January and enrollment in RHS magnets.  The RHS Magnet Video will be shown in December during Advisory period and the Magnet Information & Field Trip Permission Slip will be mailed to your home address from RHS in December.

You may only apply to one magnet unless applying for Science. If you apply for two, ONE of them must be the Science Magnet.

Grade Requirements: Magnet applicants should have a minimum combined average of 80 in English, math, science and social studies classes. Quality points may be used to reach minimum averages. All magnet programs have additional grade requirements.  Interviews are required for all magnets.  Please see the magnet application for specific details.


Magnet Strand Additional Requirements
Communications English grade of 80 or above; writing sample required
Law PreAP English grade of 89 or above and  Social Studies grade of 89 or above; writing sample required
Science PreAP Math grade and PreAP Science grade of 90 or above (using the 5 quality points); standardized test scores, essay required
Theater Arts English grade of 80 or above; questionnaire and audition required
Technical Theater English grade of 80 or above
Visual Arts (Studio Art & Photography) Recommended – junior high art class grade of 80 or above; portfolio required
Robotics Math grade of 80 or above & Career/Technology class grade of 80 or above
Culinary Arts English grade of 80 or above; questionnaire required


ALL students wanting to enroll in a magnet at RHS must correctly complete an application. Please carefully read all material received from RHS. Deadlines are not flexible.

Please check the Richardson High School Magnet Website for the most current information.


Equal Education Opportunity and Nondiscrimination:  The Richardson Independent School District (RISD) maintains a strict policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services offered by the district. No person will be subjected to unlawful discrimination on the basis of any legally protected characteristic.