Round Two applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be accepted from March 1 - April 30 for all programs that have available slots.   Scroll down to see the list of programs and contacts below. You will also see a listing of programs that have available slots for Round Two.  

    Do not apply for Traditional Pre-K programs here.  Contact the Office of School Readiness at 4K@RichlandOne.org for information regarding applying for Pre-K programs. For questions or information regarding Montessori programs, call the schools directly.   

    Richland One’s outstanding magnet programs offer unique learning experiences for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Richland One’s diverse magnet programs include Montessori Programs, Career Magnets, BLAST Aerospace Programs, BLAST National Defense Program, Language Immersion Program, Medical Magnet Academy, Health Sciences Magnet, Richland One Middle College and the Virtual School Programs for grades K-5 and 6-12.

    Richland One students are assigned to schools according to where they live. They may apply to a magnet program within the district through the choice program. All students who live in Richland One’s attendance zone are eligible for admission to our magnet programs, unless the program is designated as one that is zoned for certain attendance areas.

    Admission is based on successful completion of the application process, which may include attending an information session, meeting qualifying criteria and completing an application. Upon acceptance, students must transfer to the school chosen through the Registrar’s Office. Transportation is provided for district career and language immersion magnet programs, the Montessori elementary zoned programs and the Montessori middle school program. For all other choice programs, students must provide their own transportation. Applications must be submitted through the Novus Choice portal. Some programs select participants using a computerized random selection process (lottery) when there are more students and families interested in a particular magnet program than there are slots available. For Round Two, families will be notified by March 4, 2024 if they are selected for their magnet program of choice.


    Please contact the program administrators listed below for questions regarding a specific program.  

    Magnet Programs 

    Contact Person(s) 

    Contact Information 

    BLAST- Aerospace Magnet and National Defense Magnet Programs: Watkins-Nance Elementary, W.A. Perry Middle, Columbia High School 

    Dr. Teresa Turner 

    (803) 231-7566

    Career Awareness Magnet at Bradley Elementary School

    Kezia Myers- Principal 


    Career Development Magnet at W.G. Sanders Middle School 

    Candi Parnell 
    Andrenna Smith-Principal 



    Language Immersion Magnet at Carver-Lyon Elementary School 

    Luz Corredor-Gomez
    Dr. Monica Adams- Principal 



    **For questions regarding accessing the application portal (Novus Choice) or technical support, contact Dr. Erica Fields at (803) 231-6799.

    Important Magnet Program Dates to Remember

    • Round One Application Period:

      • Opens: Monday, December 11, 2023 @ 2:00 PM
      • Closes: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 @ 2:00 PM
      • Parent Interest Meetings: January 10 and January 20
      • Lottery Held: Week of February 20
      • Parent Notification: March 4, 2024
      • Acceptance Responses Due: March 11, 2024


    • Round Two Application Period
      • Opens:  Friday, March 1, 2024 
      • Closes: Tuesday, April 30, 2024
      • Lotteries held:  Week of May 13 


    Programs Accepting Applications for Round Two:


        • Career Awareness Magnet Program at Bradley Elementary
        • Language Immersion Program at Carver-Lyon Elementary
          • Slots are available in PK for Spanish and Chinese; Kindergarten for Chinese only; and 1st Grade for Spanish and Chinese
        • BLAST/Aerospace Program at Watkins-Nance Elementary
        • Virtual School Program (K-5)
        • Montessori Programs at Brockman, Logan & Caughman Road Schools
          • Brockman - slots are available in 4K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 (Must be transferring from a Montessori school with prior experience)
          • Caughman Road - slots are available in 3K, 5K, and Grade 2
          • Logan - Slots are available in 3K only 



        • Career Exploration Magnet Program at W.G. Sanders Middle School
        • BLAST/Aerospace Program at W.A. Perry Middle School
        • Medical Magnet Academy at W.A. Perry Middle School
        • Montessori Middle Level Program at W.G. Sanders Middle School


                   High School

        • Career Preparation Magnet Program at W.J. Keenan high School
        • Health Sciences Magnet at C.A. Johnson High School
        • Richland One Middle College
        • BLAST/National Defense Program at Columbia High School
        • Virtual School Program (Grades 6-12)



  • Round 3 Montessori Lottery for 2024-2025 for the following:

    Limited space availability 

    Brockman-1st, 2nd 

    -3rd-5th (Must have 3 prior years of Montessori)

    Caughman Road-3K

    -3rd-5th (Must have the 3 prior years of Montessori)

    Criteria:  Submit a Round 3 R1 Magnet Programs Application 

    Participation in the Round 3 Montessori Parent Information Session-- (REQUIRED)

    Thursday, May 30, 2024 @ 4:00 pm

    Location:  Waverley Administration Building--1225 Oak Street, Columbia, SC  


    R1 Montessori Parent Information Session Registration Link (Round 3)--Attendance to the Parent Information Session is required prior to being accepted into a Montessori program.  Click on the link below to register to attend the Parent Information Session.