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Application Info & Dates

Important School Choice Dates for the 2024-25 School Year

Program Choice Recruitment & Application Process

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be open from Tuesday, October 17, 2023 to December 15, 2023. Parent notification of placement will occur in the online family dashboard the week of February 1, 2024.

Parents will have until February 15, 2024 to make a decision and accept a seat in their online dashboard. Any seats not accepted within this window will be forfeited to waitlisted students.


  • October 16, 2023:  Program Choice Fair at Cabarrus Arena Gold Hall along with Cabarrus County Schools Futures Fair
  • October 17, 2023:  Applications OPEN!
  • October 17-December 15, 2023:  Program Open House events at each Program Choice magnet school
  • NOVEMBER 9, 2023: NCHS OPEN HOUSE! at the school from 5:30-7:00 PM
    • We’ll begin with a short presentation followed by small group sessions and school tour. Come learn more about the Academy of Health Science program at NCHS! Our STEM program will also be presenting,
    • Join us to meet our NCHS Staff & Students and learn all about us!
    • For more information:
  • December 15, 2023:  Applications CLOSE at MIDNIGHT! 
  • February 1, 2024:  Parents notification of placement will occur in the online family dashboard
  • February 15, 2024:  DUE DATE to accept seats

For more information, please check out the Program Choice website.

Placement Process

Demand for CCS Program Choice currently exceeds seat availability.(75 max per freshman class)  A randomized lottery is used to select students for placement.  Notifications of placement are sent in February to the families of all applicants.  Students who are not admitted at the end of the application period shall be placed on a waiting list in the order determined by the randomized lottery.  Students shall be admitted from the waiting list as space becomes available, up to the first student school day in the order he/she appears on the waiting list.