The magnet themes for Brentwood and Smith elementary schools were unveiled on Tuesday.
Smith, as expected, will offer the International Baccalaureate theme. It will help form a K-12 feeder in Garner for the International Baccalaureate program that will lead to East Garner Middle School and Garner High School.
David Ansbacher, senior director for magnet schools, said an IB program at Smith should strengthen the one at East Garner.
Ansbacher said the draw area will be the southern part of the county, where many families have been unable to get into the IB program at Farmington Woods Elementary School in Cary.
Brentwood will get an engineering magnet theme, the first of its kind for an elementary school in Wake. Liz Parry, a longtime school volunteer and director of N.C. State's RAMP-UP (Recognizing Accelerated Math Potential in Under-represented People) program, will help Brentwood.
Parry said there are only a handful of engineering elementary schools in the country. One she's helped is the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering in Wilmington.
The draw area for Brentwood hasn't been established yet, but it would feed into Centennial Campus Middle School or Moore Square Middle School and Southeast Raleigh High School.
Each school has more than 70 percent of its students receiving subsidized lunches. It could be a challenge recruiting people to attend.
Both schools will be at the Nov. 1 magnet fair at Southeast Raleigh High School. They'll be taking magnet applications in February.
(Contrary to what WRAL reported, the board didn't approve magnetizing the two schools on Tuesday. That decision had been made in September.)