IRMO, SC - Over 275 people attended the final District Five Magnet Fair for the upcoming school year. Parents and students poured through The Center for Advanced Technical Studies looking at educational options for the 2017-18 school year. The goal of the fair is to help parents and students find the very best fit for their educational experience.
The open-house style event featured programs from nine District Five schools: Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences, Dutch Fork High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program, Harbison West Elementary School Escolares Academy, H.E. Corley Elementary “Leader in Me” School, Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet (I AM), Irmo High School International School for the Arts (featuring the International Baccalaureate Program), Leaphart Engineering Arts Program (LEAP) at Leaphart Elementary School, Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet and Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet. School leaders and students were on hand to provide information on their program offerings and discussed options with parents to fit their child’s needs.
District Five Magnet School Program Director Sara Wheeler described the importance of schools being able to offer magnet programs. “Magnets are such a wonderful way to help public schools stay viable,” Wheeler said. “Instead of just being limited to a neighborhood school, the district provides parents and students an opportunity to find their best fit and make needed accommodations.”
In September 2013, District Five magnet programs received a boost from a $10.3 million federal grant. Since receiving the grant, the District has expanded and enhanced its choice offerings. The District hopes to offer even more school choice options in the future. District Five Chief Instructional Officer Dr. Christina Melton said, “To offer the choice for students and our families makes us more progressive and competitive. Expanding school choice has been in Superintendent Dr. Hefner’s vision plans and seeing it come to life makes us very excited. Our parents know our children best, and it is up to us to offer options, courses and preparation of studies so our students can be ready for college pursuit or career pursuit once they finish in District Five.”
Parents Whitney and Daniel Parks were excited to see the many offerings for their son who is currently in elementary school. “It is nice that schools in District Five are offering programs like this that are tailored to specific mindsets for our children,” Daniel said. “Some kids learn through art and pictures, and some kids learn with more of a logistical approach. This is such a benefit for the students to have an advanced program at such a young age.”
In addition to magnet programs, District Five “School of Choice” options currently include: The Academy for Success, Irmo Elementary School, Nursery Road Elementary School, Oak Pointe Elementary School, River Springs Elementary School, CrossRoads Intermediate School, Dutch Fork High School and Chapin High School. The following choice schools and magnet schools will have upcoming open houses to provide even more information to parents and students about their school and programs:
H.E. Corley Elementary “Leader in Me” School - January 10th at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet - January 10th at 6:30 p.m.
Irmo Elementary School - January 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences - January 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Irmo High School International School for the Arts - January 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Chapin High School - January 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet (I AM) - January 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Leaphart Engineering Arts Program (LEAP) at Leaphart Elementary School - January 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet - January 18th at 5:30 p.m.
CrossRoad Intermediate School - January 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Nursery Road Elementary - January 19th at 6:00 p.m.