Published on January 10th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Hundreds attend District Five event highlighting magnet programs
Parents, students and community members talk to educators about magnet programs in Lexington-Richland School District Five.
CHAPIN – More than 350 students, parents and community members gathered on Jan. 8 to learn more about magnet program offerings in Lexington-Richland School District Five. The district’s second Magnet Fair of the school year was held at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies and featured programs from eight of the district’s schools.
A few hundred people attended the district’s Magnet Fair in November at CrossRoads Middle School, and several schools will hold open houses in January to give further details about their individual offerings.
District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “District Five is a school system where every choice is a great choice, and we were extremely proud to showcase the wide array of quality magnets and other programs that are available. It’s our goal to provide families with the choices they need to make their students successful, and we look forward to seeing all the positive impacts of growing our choice options in District Five.”
In September 2013, District Five magnet programs received a boost from a $10.3 million federal grant. New school magnet themes were developed in response to a community-wide survey administered in fall 2012.
In addition to magnet programs, District Five CHOICE includes the option to select any school in the district that has space available to accommodate additional students. Schools district-wide that are open to choice include: Academy for Success, Dutch Fork Elementary, H. E. Corley Elementary, Harbison West Elementary, Irmo Elementary, Leaphart Elementary, Nursery Road Elementary, Oak Pointe Elementary, River Springs Elementary, Seven Oaks Elementary, CrossRoads Middle, Irmo Middle, Chapin High, Dutch Fork High, Irmo High and Spring Hill High.
For parents like April McNeal having options allows her son to further his interest in engineering. She said the magnet fairs are important “so parents know that they have options.”
“Normally, parents would just think your child’s going to go to the school they are zoned for, but the magnet fair gives parents a chance to look at other schools and different programs…It was very beneficial,” McNeal said.
The district’s magnet offerings are as follows:
- Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Scienceswill use the rich local environment and school campus to study core subjects through the lens of earth, water, and space. Students will have opportunities to be guided in their learning by scientists, teachers, naturalists, historians, artists and musicians.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)program at Dutch Fork High is an honors magnet program that accelerates and enriches learning experiences for students who are academically gifted and have an interest in a STEM related major and career. Implemented in the fall of 2005, the program offers accelerated learning experiences; allowing students to pursue AP courses, research and/or internships in their field of interest as early as the tenth grade.
- Escolares Academy at Harbison West Elementaryis an academically gifted magnet program. It provides elementary gifted students the opportunity to learn, grow and develop to their maximum potential by providing engaging educational experiences that are designed to enable gifted students to develop their unique gifts and pursue their natural talents and interests.
- The Leader in Meprogram at H. E. Corley Elementary is a whole-school transformation model that acts like the operating system of a computer — it improves performance of all other programs. Based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Students are equipped with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.
- Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet(iAM) will offer students opportunities to develop competencies in leadership, communication, fine arts, and entrepreneurship within the international community. Students will collaborate, share opinions, and research with students in classrooms across the nation and around the globe. The program will establish partnerships with local and state corporations and entrepreneurs to provide students with authentic examples of global citizenship.
- Irmo High School International School for the Artswill offer a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that challenges students intellectually and creatively through arts-infused learning embedded in a global approach. Teachers will deliver much of the curriculum within their content areas, including concepts, issues, and themes, through the lens of global world-wide Visual and Performing Arts.
- IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) at Irmo Highis an academically rigorous two-year program of study that includes 13 courses, an extended essay, and creativity, action and service requirements. All IB courses require significant writing skills that develop over the two year period, in addition to reading and higher level thinking skills. Students write papers in all subjects, including math, science and the arts.
- LEAP (Leaphart Engineering ArtsProgram) at Leaphart Elementary offers a school-wide engineering magnet program. At Leaphart, engineering is not what teachers and students do; it is the method for how teachers and students approach teaching and learning. Engineering concepts are interwoven into all subject areas through the LEAP Design Process. Students are engaged in collaborative, hands-on learning experiences that highlight engineering concepts and ideas.
- Seven Oaks Elementary SchoolMEDIA (Mass Communications, Engagement, Digital Media, Interactive Learning, Academics) Magnet will foster a range of content and digital literacies among students through a MEDIA (Mass Communication. Engagement. Digital Media. Interactive Learning. Academics) theme that offers activities, centered in “real-world” project-based and collaborative learning approaches in classrooms and at “work” in the TV/Radio Studios.
- Spring Hill High Schooloffers five magnet academies: Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Entertainment, Environmental Studies, and Exercise Science. Students will pursue a program of study with rigorous standards-based instruction in all content areas and school-specific course requirements, supported by job shadowing, internship, and summer work experiences. All students will participate in cross-academy projects that will enable them to apply what they are learning.