International Studies Magnet Program

  • Fulton County Schools Magnet Application

    is NOW OPEN

    https://tinyurl.com/FCSmagnet2020

    Mission Statement
    Riverwood International Charter School prepares students to be confident, creative, compassionate global citizens through high expectations for learning, excellence in teaching, seamless curriculum, community service participation, and engagement of parents and community.

    Magnet Program Information
    The International Studies Magnet program allows students to become familiar with the cultural, geographical, and political diversity of the world, through an international lens. Ninth and tenth grade students receive a unique experience through the Middle Years Programme (MYP), an extension of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. ​Magnet students receive instruction in all subject areas which meets Georgia curriculum requirements with a unique and rigorous internationally-minded lens required by IB. 

    Magnet students who satisfy all magnet requirements earn a prestigious magnet seal from the Georgia Department of Education, an approved International Skills Diploma Seal, and special recognition at graduation.​​  In order to meet magnet requirements, students must complete an additional year of World Language and Social Studies.  This means three consecutive years of World Language and an additional credit of Social Studies.

    Magnet students can choose to continue their studies in the eleventh and twelfth grades through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), or alternately through a rigorous set of à-la-carte IB; Advanced Placement (AP); World Languages; Humanities (English, Social Studies, etc.), and strategic electives. Students who wish to participate in the IB Programme can apply to the program during their sophomore year.  Participation in the International Studies Magnet Program is not a prerequisite for the IB Programme and does not guarantee admission.

    Students may attend Riverwood if they live with a parent or guardian within the Riverwood attendance zone.  Students who do not live in the Riverwood attendance zone may attend by applying and being accepted into the Magnet Program. ​ You must live within the Fulton County Schools attendance zone to qualify for acceptance.  To check if you live within the required area, click here

    International Studies Application Information

    Application Process

    The Fulton County School District uses a common application for all our magnet programs.  The application window is from November 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021.  In addition to the common application, Riverwood applicants are required to complete an essay (information below) and provide supporting documentation. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  The application (once available) and other information about Fulton County Schools Magnet Programs can be found by on the county’s magnet website.

    Magnet Program Application Requirements and Qualifications
    In order to be considered for the International Studies Magnet Program, students must meet the following qualifications. 

    • Applicant must be a current 8th grader (High School Class of 2025) 
    • Live within the Fulton County School attendance zone. To check if you live within the required area, click here.
    • Present an 80% (B) or higher in all academic subjects based on first semester of 8th grade
    • Two teacher recommendations
    • Submit the online application for Riverwood using the common Fulton County Magnet Application (available from November 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021)
    • Submit all required supporting documentation including essay, transcript, test scores, and discipline records before January 15, 2021. Specific information for submission is provided in the checklists below.

    Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Please have the following information ready when completing your application:

    • Applicant’s First and Last Name
    • Applicant’s Current Grade Level
    • Applicant’s Fulton County ID/Lunch Number (only if current FCS Student)
    • Applicant’s Current School
    • Applicant’s Zoned school for 2021-2022 (unsure? click here)
    • Parent/Guardian First and Last Name
    • Applicant’s Current Address
    • Phone Number
    • E-Mail (this will be our primary source of contact)
    • Two Teacher Contacts for Recommendations (required)

    Additional Magnet Application information can be found below, along with a printable checklist to ensure you have everything you need to be successful.

    ​​Magnet Program questions? Contact Riverwood’s Assistant Administrator, Natalie Cowart: cowartn@fultonschools.org 

  • Class of 2025 Applicants currently enrolled in a Fulton County School Checklist:

    Must complete online application and essay by January 15, 2021

    Complete the following essay prompt:

    • "How will participating in the Riverwood International Charter School magnet program allow you to achieve your academic, personal, and career goals as you prepare to be a global citizen in the 21st century?"           
    • Essay Submission Instructions:
      • Include name at the top of the document
      • 11 point Calibri or Times New Roman font
      • Double Spaced
      • Word Document or PDF only
      • E-mail to RiverwoodMagnet@fultonschools.org
      • Attachments only, please do not share files
    • Academic Records and Discipline Files will be provided through the county’s Infinite Campus System.
  • Class of 2025 Applicants currently not enrolled in a Fulton County School Checklist:

    Must complete online application and essay by January 15, 2021

    Confirm you are within attendance zone requirements. Official documentation will be needed upon acceptance and registration.

    Complete the following essay prompt:

    • "How will participating in the Riverwood International Charter School magnet program allow you to achieve your academic, personal, and career goals as you prepare to be a global citizen in the 21st century?"           
    • Essay Submission Instructions:
      • Include name at the top of the document
      • 11 point Calibri or Times New Roman font
      • Double Spaced
      • Word Document or PDF only
      • E-mail to RiverwoodMagnet@fultonschools.org
      • Attachments only, please do not share files
    • Required Additional Documents:
      • A current transcript of grades and any credits earned
      • Discipline records for 7th and 8th grade
      • Any current standardized test scores (i.e. GaMilestones, ITBS, etc.) 

    Please send Required Additional Documents to Riverwood using one of the following methods:

    Option 1: Email documents to RiverwoodMagnet@fultonschools.org

    Option 2: Mail to-

    Riverwood International Studies Magnet
    Attention: Natalie Cowart
    5900 Raider Drive
    Sandy Springs, GA​ 30328​