What is the criteria for admissions to STEM
School? We are part of the magnet schools in Hamilton
County. Rising 9th grade students apply through the lottery system
on the HCDE website between November 1 thru January 31 of their 8th
grade year. Rising 10th and 11th grade students may add their name
to the waiting list through the HCDE Magnet School office located
at Hamilton County Schools central office location. Hamilton County
Schools phone number is 423-209-8400.
How do I apply? Applications are made
available on November 1st through January 31st each school year by
going to the www.hcde.org
website. You will find the link on the far right side under
Parents and Students --Quick Links-- Magnet School
Application. Selections are made by a first and secondary
lottery draw for all HCDE Magnet Schools.
How does the lottery work? After the
application deadline, HCDE will set a date near the end of February
for the lottery draw. You may view the lottery draw live
online at the www.hcde.org
website. The STEM school drawing will be for the 75 available
freshmen seats with priority to current student
siblings. Siblings must also follow the process and submit an
application. Each Hamilton County high school will have a
predetermined number of available seats based on school size and
ratio. Your student will be drawn based on their zoned high
school. *Note: you MUST provide the HCDE Magnet School
office your two proofs of residency to assure your student is drawn
with their zoned high school. Otherwise, they will be placed
into the secondary/general lottery.
My 8th grade child has an older sibling that attends the
STEM School. Do they still need to complete a lottery
application? Yes. Siblings are given priority in the
lottery process. However, if there is not a lottery application,
they are not provided an opportunity for a rising 9th grade
My child was selected. What next? Once
students are selected, HCDE will send out acceptance letters and we
will not receive any information about the students until the
acceptance letters are received back to HCDE.
How do I enroll my 10th or 11th grade student?
All interested rising 10th and 11th grade students must contact the
Magnet School office in order to be added to the waiting list for
10th and 11th grades. Selections for rising 10th and 11th grade
students are not completed until the summer. At the end of each
school year in May, we evaluate how many spots are open for 10th
and 11th grade and send that information to the Magnet School
office. The Magnet School office will select students for
interviews and send those names to the school office. From there,
the STEM School will set up interviews for each student name sent
to us by the Magnet School office.
What is the registration process? We
follow the same dates and procedures for registration as all
Hamilton County Schools. You can find those dates on the
academic calendar: HCDE Calendars
Do I need to take a tour? STEM School offers
tours most Mondays at 1:30 for anyone interested in learning more
about us. You must schedule a tour before arriving by
contacting the school office at 423-531-6270 or emailing email@example.com.
Please let us know your name, a return email address and how many
will attend the tour with you.
How does Transportation work for STEM school?
Bus transportation is provided by the Hamilton County Department of
Education. You can find more information by following this
Magnet School Transportation