Dist. 5 Trustees OK Magnet School Programs
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 1:00PM

The criteria of the District Five magnet programs were unanimously approved Monday night by the Board of Trustees. All schools with magnet status will accept magnet students, depending on space, in the 2011-2012 school year.

The schools will showcase their programs at a Magnet School Fair scheduled for Thursday, February 24th at T.L. Hanna High School. The Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Student applications for the schools will be available at the Fair. The applications will be available online beginning Friday, February 25th. Deadlines for filing applications will extend until April 1, or in a few cases, later in the spring. Admission requirements differ by school, but will be explained at the Magnet School Fair and on school applications.

School leaders presented their programs to the Board and answered questions Tuesday evening. The schools and their areas of emphasis are as follows:

Calhoun Academy of the Arts – Uses the creative arts as a vehicle through which the core curriculum is delivered. Calhoun was District Five’s first magnet school.

Concord Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate School – In March 2010, Concord was accepted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a curriculum that prepares students to be educationally competitive from a global perspective. The program was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, where it maintains its headquarters.

McLees Academy of Leadership – McLees will focus on leadership skills, using teaching materials based on work by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” McLees’ full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.

Nevitt Forest School of Innovation – Connects with its community through such efforts as extended day programs for students and single gender classes.

Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology – Integrates technology and communications skills into the curriculum to help prepare students for the future. The program utilizes different types of technology to ensure an appropriate fit with each grade level. Varennes students create and produce their own live, daily TV news show and work with the latest in technology including interactive white boards and smart phones.

Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation – Lakeside adopted a STEM model (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

McCants Middle School – McCants is an IB candidate school, and expects to be accepted during the 2011-2012 school year. Many of the qualities of an IB school are already in place.

Southwood Academy of the Arts – Southwood will be a magnet school for students in grades six through twelve, with an emphasis in grades six through eight on academics within an arts-based curriculum. The secondary grades will receive performance-based instruction, beginning the 2011-2012 school year with selected secondary courses, including accelerated classes in visual arts, drama music and dance. The school will open at the start of the 2011-2012 school year with a sixth grade and plans to add a seventh grade level in the second year of operation and an eighth grade level in the third year. The number of secondary arts courses and other related courses will also expand over time

Anderson V Career Campus – Formerly named the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus, the school offers a variety of career and technology courses including Business Management and Administration, Health Science, Engineering and Cosmetology.

T.L. Hanna High School, an International Baccalaureate World School – T.L. Hanna became our second IB school in April 2010. Its IB Programme operates as a “school within a school.”

Westside High Early College Academy - The Early College Model is a school within a school program that encourages students to set college as a goal and prepare for it in concrete ways. The program will also give students the opportunity to take dual credit courses that will earn them high school and college credit at the same time. That will make the transition to college easier and allow families to save money on college tuition. Westside’s full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.

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