Muscogee County School District issues reminder about magnet program open houses

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 4, 2013 

The Muscogee County School District has issued a reminder about the 2013-14 schedule for secondary school magnet program open houses and the timeline for the selection process.

Eight of the district's nine 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.

Two magnet programs already have conducted open houses this school year. They are:

• Math, Science and Technology Magnet at Arnold Middle School. Call Amy Mobley at 706-748-2436 for more information.

• Computer Science and Game Design Magnet at Spencer High School. Call Dolly Baker at 706-683-8701 for more information.

Here is the district's remaining schedule for open houses at magnet programs this school year:

Middle schools

Name: Magnet Program Open House; Date(s); Time; Contact

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

High schools

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

The magnet programs determine which students are selected based on the following timeline:

• Sept. 30: Department of Research and Evaluation provided 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 were allowed to contact potential magnet students in the fifth and eighth grades.

• Oct. 18: Middle schools sent 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.

Early College Academy of Columbus is not a magnet program but requires all of its high school students to apply. Early College follows a rolling admissions process, meaning students can apply throughout the year. Early College will have two open houses: Dec. 10 and Jan. 23, both at 6 p.m. Call dean Susan Willard at 706-748-2948 for more information.

For any questions about the school district, contact communications director Valerie Fuller at 706-748-2034 or Fuller.Valerie.L@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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