• Program Fair | February 2nd, 2023 | 5PM – 7PM | Kannapolis Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Building

    February 4th – March 3rd | Application Window Opens


    Feria de Programas | 2 de febrero, 2023 | 5PM a 7PM | Secundaria Kannapolis Middle en el edificio de 7mo y 8vo grado

    4 de febrero al 3 de marzo | Se Abre la Ventanilla de Aplicación

    2022-23 Magnet Programs

    Programas Magnet 2022-23


    Global Studies / Global Language Immersion

    Fred L. Wilson Elementary: 704-932-8656

    Jackson Park Elementary: 704-933-2831

    A+ Arts

    G. W. Carver Elementary: 704-932-4161


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  • What are Magnet Schools?

    Magnet schools are traditional public schools that offer specialized programs or courses. They teach the same standard curriculum as all other NC public schools while providing a special emphasis in certain subject areas, such as the arts, foreign language, or global studies.

    Open to All Students

    Magnet schools are open to students from across the KCS district. Students do not have to live within the magnet school’s attendance zone in order to take part in a magnet program. However, they must be enrolled in Kannapolis City Schools. Space is limited in all magnet programs, so KCS will accept applications beginning in January of each year. If there are more applications than available seats, KCS will use a lottery system to select students for magnet programs.

    High Academic Achievement

    Even though magnet schools focus on a specific subject or theme, research shows that students who attend magnet schools excel in all subject areas.


    G.W. Carver Elementary

    G.W Carver Elementary is the home of the A+ Artsmagnet program. A+ Arts is the largest, longest running,and most successful arts-based magnet program in the nation. At G.W. Carver, arts instruction is embedded into all subjects and curriculum. Students receive high quality instruction in all core areas with music,art,dance, and theater. Hands on learning combined with partnerships with local professional artists and organizations, including the Cabarrus Arts Council provide ongoing activities and instructional experiences.

    Features of A+ Arts at GWC:

    • One of 64 A+ schools in North Carolina, and one of two in Cabarrus County
    • Arts Integration in all aspects of content and curriculum
    • Teachers receive additional, focused training,support, and mentoring for A+ Art
    • Collaboration with local and state level artorganizations, and partners in the field of education to support art based projects

    Fred L. Wilson & Jackson Park Elementary Schools

    Fred L. Wilson Elementary and Jackson Park Elementary are home to two KCS magnet programs: Global Studies and Spanish Language Immersion. The two programs are part of the highly successful Participate education program and work together to give students a strong global outlook and prepare them for success in an international economy. 

    Here are features of the Global Studies and Spanish Language Immersion programs:

    • Global Studies and Spanish Language Immersionprograms offer high quality instruction in all subject areas including reading, math, science, and social studies
    • Participation has shown to raise student success and reduce student achievement gaps
    • Classes are taught by current KCS teachers as well as teachers from the Visiting International Faculty Program
    • Students in our Spanish Language Immersionprogram will be immersed in instruction in both English and Spanish, which not only develops them as bilingual but also significantly strengthens their literacy and academic skills
    • All students benefit from the Global Studies program at both schools. Each grade level is assigned a region of focus, and while our curriculum aligns with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, our teachers at both schools will take these learning objectives and put a wonderful global spin on it.
    • The Global Studies program includes all Fred L.Wilson and Jackson Park students. The Spanish Language Immersion program is open to enrolling kindergarten students each year at both schools.At both schools, limited slots are available for first grade students as well.

    Additional Information

    • KCS magnet programs are open to kindergarten through 5th grade students
    • Transportation is offered for magnet programs – other programs are available by elementary school choice and transportation is not available outside of the home school zone
    • Space is limited in magnet programs. KCS accepts applications to fill available slots. If there are not enough spaces to accept all students that apply,KCS uses a lottery system select students for its magnet programs
    • Elementary School Choice program is also available to allow families to apply 


  • Fred L. Wilson and Jackson Park Elementary Schools

    Dual Language Immersion and Global Studies Magnet Schools

    In addition to strong core instruction and curriculum-supporting enrichment opportunities, students at these schools are taught to be global citizens through unique experiences and exploration.  Students enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion program strive to become fluent and proficient in both English and Spanish by receiving 50% of their instruction in each language.

    G. W. Carver Elementary School

    Arts Magnet School

    As one of N.C. Art Council’s A+ Schools, GWC allows students to develop creative and innovative ways of thinking and problem solving. Learning goals and core Instruction in this magnet school focus on integrating music, dance, theater, and visual arts into daily classroom experiences and enriching opportunities for students.

    Forest Park Elementary School

    Whole School, Whole Child

    By encouraging students through arts, science, movement and exploration, FP helps students explore their interests and grow as critical thinkers and lifetime learners.  Enhanced opportunities throughout the school, including the creative and action-packed Bear Den and enhanced Physical Education program, assist students in becoming well rounded.  FP’s Whole School, Whole Child approach focuses on academic growth, as well as health, wellness and positive relationships for students.

    North Kannapolis Elementary School

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education

    From Project Based Learning to Aquaponics, NK is an exciting place to be. Students have regular opportunities to plan experiments, think critically, and identify solutions as part of the school's focus on STEM.  Teamwork, trial and error, and problem-solving are all part of the process as students are exposed to the different components of STEM as they are empowered and encouraged to enhance their math and science skills.

    Shady Brook Elementary School

    CTE (Career Technical Education) Focus

    With an emphasis on Family and Consumer Sciences, and through the use of a state-of-the-art culinary instructional lab, SB is teaching students life skills that will put them on a path toward future success and career-readiness.  Through targeted instruction around social emotional awareness and health and wellness, SB students are also being equipped with the soft skills that are in-demand in our communities and careers today.

    Kannapolis Middle and A. L. Brown High Schools provide opportunities for students to experience additional opportunities to continue to grow and build upon their interests.

    McKnight Head Start has preschool programs for 3 and 4 year olds.

G.W. Carver A+ Arts

Fred L. Wilson & Jackson Park Dual Language Immersion & Global Studies