• Admission by Lottery

    Rogers-Herr Middle School (RHMS) is a Durham Public Schools Calendar Magnet. Prospective students must apply through DPS's annual magnet lottery. The online application will be open January 9-February 3. More information about magnet schools and the application process can be found on the DPS Magnet Programs webpage.

    Magnet Programs


    Watch our video tour to learn more about Rogers-Herr Year-Round Middle School: English | Spanish


    In-Person Tours:

    We will be hosting in-person on the following days/times:

    • Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 9:30am & 11:30am
    • Wednesday, Jan. 11 - 9:30am, 11:30am, & 5:00pm
    • Thursday, Jan. 12 - 9:30am & 11:30am  
    • Wednesday, Jan. 18 - 9:30am & 11:30am
    • Thursday, Jan. 19 - 9:30am & 11:30am  
    • Wednesday, Jan. 25 - 9:30am, 11:30am, & 5:00pm
    • Thursday, Jan. 26 - 9:30am, 11:30am

    Sign up for an in-person tour here: https://forms.gle/PMdDcFB4RERyXUKx6  


    Join us for a virtual live chat/Q&A session:


    At all of these sessions, you will hear more about Rogers-Herr, middle school in general, and the lottery application process. The in-person visits, including the tour, should take around 45 minutes.


    Lottery Details

    Rogers-Herr is a regional calendar magnet school. Students are eligible to apply to RHMS only if they live in the attendance zones for the following elementary schools: Bethesda, Creekside, Fayetteville St., Forest View, Hope Valley, Lakewood, Lyons Farm, Parkwood, WG Pearson, EK Powe, YE Smith, Southwest, and CC Spaulding.

    In the lottery for RHMS, priority is given to students who are siblings of current RHMS students, siblings of students who are also applying to RHMS/another year-round school, or students currently attending Pearsontown Elementary, provided they submit an application and select RHMS as their first choice. Please note that this is not a guarantee for a seat.

    Following the application period, DPS conducts admissions lotteries before the results are posted on the SmartChoice Dashboard website, usually at the beginning of March. Applicants selected through the lottery process must usually accept or decline their lottery seat on the SmartChoice Dashboard website within two weeks of posting.

    More information about the application process will be posted when the application opens in January.

    Please contact our Magnet Coordinator with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have:

    Jenny Umbarger
    919-560-3970 ext. 70235