Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do you look for when selecting future magnet students?

    • A CGTS student shows a need for a challenging curriculum
    • Shows that he/she is highly motivated and has an inquisitive nature

    Once a student is accepted, do I need to reapply for the following school years?

    • No, once a student is accepted into the program they are automatically rolled over to the next grade level.

    Do you offer after school programs?

    • Yes, our school has an EDEP program that meets daily until 5:30 PM. 

    For further information about the EDEP program, please contact John Hancock, our EDEP coordinator, at (352) 495-2111.

    • We also offer a number of teacher-sponsored after school clubs such as math club, art club, robotics, and other science-related activities.


    Will transportation be provided?

    • School buses are assigned to transport students to and from magnet and CTE Programs. However, due to the current bus driver shortage, the district, unfortunately, cannot guarantee that a bus will be available or on time each morning and each afternoon on every route. We ask that you consider this information as you complete a magnet program application. 

    What are the average class sizes?

    • Grade 3 - 18 students per class.
    • Grades 4 and 5 - 22 students per class

    What extracurricular activities are available to students?

    • Various student interest clubs, such as Robotics Club, Gardening and Math club.
    • Safety Patrol and Junior City Counsel (5th grade)

    Are there any costs associated with attending the magnet?

    • There are no costs above those normally expected of parents (Paper, pencil, binders, occasional field trip fees, etc.)

    Is there a program for siblings of magnet students?

    • We welcome all siblings of the students in the Center for Gifted and Talented Studies at Archer Elementary . Siblings who are out of zone my apply for school choice or a zoning exemption.  At the end of 2nd grade, siblings may be invited to apply to the magnet if they meet initial selection criteria and apply. For more information about zoning, please go to the Zoning webpage.