The Muscogee County School District has announced the 2013-14 schedule for secondary school magnet program open houses and the timeline for the selection process.
The district's eight high schools and four of the 12 middle schools contain magnet programs that attract students interested in specialized courses. The magnets are allowed to enroll students from across the district, regardless of their attendance zone. The students must apply and be accepted according to the magnet's criteria.
Here is this year's schedule of open houses for the magnets:
Name Magnet Program Open House Date(s) Time Contact
Arnold Math, Science and Technology Oct. 24 6 p.m. Amy Mobley, 706-748-2436
East Columbus Gifted and Talented Dec. 5 6:30 p.m. Alicia Head, 706-565-3026
Fort Service Learning Dec. 3 6:30 p.m. Mary Godfrey, 706-569-3740
Richards International Baccalaureate Nov. 14 7 p.m. Kathy Foor, 706-569-3700
Carver Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Dec. 12 6:30 p.m. Joyce Lee, 706-748-4040
Columbus Liberal Arts Nov. 20-21 7 p.m. Paul Hampton, 706-748-2534
Hardaway International Baccalaureate Nov. 19 6 p.m. Sue Hampel, 706-748-2766
Jordan Career Academy Nov. 7 6 p.m. Amy Wohler, 706-748-2819
Kendrick Communication Arts and Design Nov. 5 6 p.m. Orithius Hardge, 706-565-2960
Northside Engineering Nov. 13 6:30 p.m. Denise Fuller, 706-748-2920
Shaw Mass Communications Nov. 18 6:30 p.m. Bruce Getz, 706-569-3638
Spencer Computer Science and Game Design Oct. 29 6:30 p.m. Dolly Baker, 706-683-8701
Here is the district's timeline to determine which students are selected into the magnet programs:
Sept. 30: Department of Research and Evaluation provide data disks to middle and high school magnet programs containing names, addresses and standardized test scores for all fifth-graders and eighth-graders.
Oct. 9: Magnet programs allowed to contact potential magnet students in the fifth and eighth grades
Oct. 18: Middle schools send an electronic copy of eighth-grade honor roll, principal's list and grades for the first nine weeks to each high school principal.
Oct. 16 to Dec. 20: Magnet programs conduct open houses.
Feb. 8: Magnet programs required to have all magnet entrance exams completed.
Feb. 10: Magnet schools mail final round of acceptance or denial letters.
Feb. 21: Deadline for parents/legal guardians to return academy/magnet transfer request forms to schools, acknowledging acceptance into program.
Feb. 28: Magnet program coordinators send academy/magnet transfer request forms to central registration office. Only students who are new to the school district can apply and be approved to attend a magnet program after this date.