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Deadline today for magnet school application submission

NATCHEZ — Parents hoping their child can secure a position at Robert Lewis Magnet School in August have until 3:30 p.m. today to turn in their application.

The school has a STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — focus and opened to 125 sixth-grade students this school year.

The program will be open to sixth-grade through eighth-grade students in the 2014-2015 school year, with the targeted number for enrollment in each grade level being 125 students.

The school offers an applied learning, inquiry-based program that encourages children to learn through project-based learning and active exploration.

Admission to the school will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 125 students, with current sixth-grade students having first preference for the seventh grade slots.

If more than 125 students apply, a lottery will be offered to fill the available slots.

A student’s past disciplinary infractions will not play a part in the admission decision.

Part of the admission process will require an interview of the child and the parents or guardians.

Applications are available at the school, which is located at the former Robert Lewis Middle School site at 1221 Martin Luther King Jr. Road, or at West, Frazier and McLaurin elementary schools, as well as Braden Administrative Building.

The applications must be turned in at Robert Lewis Magnet School.