Several Muscogee County high schools are holding open houses next week for students interested in applying to magnet programs for the 2010-2011 school year.
Northside High's engineering and technology magnet, Kendrick High's communication arts magnet and the Early College Academy will hold open houses for incoming ninth graders at their schools.
Northside's open house will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the school on American Way. The school has a pre-engineering magnet and offers courses in engineering design, digital electronics and technical writing. Summer programs and partnerships with regional universities are also available. For more information, contact Mike Edmondson, the magnet coordinator, at 706-748-2920.
The Early College Academy at Kendrick will hold its open house at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The academy allows students to dual enroll at Columbus State University and earn college credits while still in high school, without paying college tuition. For more information, contact the coordinator, Susan Willard at 706-565-2965.
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Kendrick High will also host an open house for its new magnet program, the Academy of Communication Arts and Design, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. Students in the magnet program will take courses in graphic arts. For more information, contact coordinator Cheryl Rees at 706-565-2960.
This is the last round of magnet open houses for the year. The school district will accept applications up until April 30, but the school district is encouraging parents and students not to wait until that date to complete the applications.
Each school will send magnet acceptance letters throughout the recruitment time period and final letters will be mailed out April 2. Parents have until April 23 to return magnet acceptance forms.
All schools -- except Columbus High's total magnet program -- are allowed to accept a maximum of 100 students per grade level into the magnet program, with a maximum of 50 students per grade level from outside the attendance zone. Columbus High accepts about 350 freshman each year.