Please click here to access the Limited School Choice Program application page. 

    Magnet Program enrollment

    District 65 offers two magnet programs for families - the African-Centered Curriculum (ACC) program and the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) Program. In order to participate in these programs, families will need to complete a "Limited School Choice" application to be considered for the programs. Information will be sent directly to families when the application window is open. 

    ACC Program - Oakton Elementary School is home to the African-Centered Curriculum (ACC) program and features lessons and activities that engage students in African and African-American history. Small class sizes and strong family involvement help students to develop a deeper understanding of these rich cultures. 


    Two-Way Immersion (TWI Program) - As a part of the Two-Way Immersion program, curricular studies and activities are enriched with Spanish language and culture. Spanish is the predominant teaching language in the earliest grades and gradually shifts to English as students matriculate through the program. Native Spanish speakers are tested to determine placement in a bilingual education program and native English speakers may apply to participate in the Two-Way Immersion program. The TWI program is available at Dawes, Dewey, Oakton, Washington, and Willard elementary schools.

    Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the TWI program has been expanded to serve all kindergarten students enrolled at Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies (K-8). One grade level will be added annually eventually making the global studies school the first to offer TWI at all levels. Click here to learn more about the program.

    TWI Program Overview - SPANISH 

    TWI Program Overview - ENGLISH


    The application process is OPEN ONLY to registered students living within the District 65 attendance boundaries. To ensure an equitable selection process, the only information used to make selections is what is contained on the application and received through registration.

    Computers are available in the lobby of the JEH Education Center, located at 1500 McDaniel, for your convenience. Staff are available to provide assistance.

    Click here to access the Limited School Choice application page.

    Selection Process

    Applications must be submitted by February 28 to be considered prior to the end of the current school year. Additional selections will be made throughout the summer for currently enrolled students who did not apply in February as well as students new to the district.

    Applicants are assigned a random number and chosen by lottery. When making permissive transfer, magnet program, and magnet school selections, consideration is given to gender balance and enrollments at the schools impacted by the selection.

    Limited School Choice selection preferences are given to the following as long as the gender balance and relief of overcrowding goals are not violated:

    • Magnet school applicants who live within a neighborhood preference area
    • Siblings of students placed at a school for programmatic reasons
    • Siblings of a student currently attending a magnet school or participating in a magnet program

    If you receive a selection letter, you will be given a deadline by which to inform the District whether or not you accept the placement. 

    Click here to learn more about student registration. To ensure an equitable selection process, the only information used to make a selection is the information contained within the application and received through the registration form. In the application process, applicants are assigned a random number and chosen by lottery. 
    Please note that students who attend a school on permissive transfer are not eligible for district transportation services. Permissive transfer students must attend on a consistent basis and student attendance is reviewed throughout the school year. Students who are excessively tardy or absent may be required to forfeit their permissive transfer and return to the attendance-area school.

    For more information about permissive transfers, please contact the Research, Accountability, and Data Department at (847) 859-8056 or (847) 859-8055 or send an email to parents@district65.net.