Archive for the ‘Magnet’ Category


Five new magnets in 2015

Two schools will return to magnet status and three more will become magnets next school year, the WCPSS school board decided Tuesday evening.

Broughton High School and Daniels Middle School will be remagnetized. They were made traditional schools in 2008. Hodge Road, Jeffreys Grove and Stough elementary schools will become magnets.

The five schools will create a K-12 language immersion/global studies magnet pathway. Jeffreys Grove now offers a full immersion program in Spanish, Stough offers Chinese full immersion and Hodge Road has a dual-language Spanish immersion program. Making those schools magnets will open those options to students across the district.

The move will cost $180,959.

Learn more about these and all other magnet school options in the district on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Magnet and Early College Fair, from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.



Vernon Malone to accept 9th-graders

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy will begin accepting 9th-graders next school year after the WCPSS school board approved the change Tuesday evening.

Vernon Malone opened this year with just grades 10-12. Enrollment was below expectations, and Tuesday’s move is seen as a way to boost that.

The school, located in the renovated former Coca-Cola plant on South Wilmington Street, is a unique partnership between WCPSS, Wake Technical Community College and Wake County Government. Students can complete their high school graduation requirements while pursuing one of 10 certificate or degree programs in hands-on courses of study taught by Wake Tech instructors.

The programs offered are: heating, air and refrigeration; biopharmaceutical technology; collision repair; cosmetology; electrical systems; geomatics technology; nursing assistant; plumbing; simulation & game development; and welding. Learn more about those programs by clicking HERE.




Carroll Magnet Middle partners with Kenyan school

Carroll Magnet Middle received photos showing the impact of a partnership they built last year with Uhuru Academy in Kenya. The photos show Uhuru Academy students wearing Carroll Middle uniforms.

As part of Schools Helping Schools, Carroll donated jerseys to Uhuru students and raised funds for Uhuru Academy. Continue Reading . . .

Youth Conservationists visit Moore Square students

Students of Moore Square Middle School will meet six award-winning youth conservationists visiting Raleigh to speak at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Continue Reading . . .

Save the Date! Magnet & Early College Fair Nov. 1

Learn about the array of options you have to enhance your child’s academic experience at the Magnet and Early College Fair, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, 2600 Rock Quarry Rd.

WCPSS offers more than 40 magnet and early college schools, all of which will be represented at the fair and ready to distribute information and answer all questions.

Magnet school pathways include:

Leadership and Technology, which incorporates technologies into project-based learning;

Gifted and Talented, which offer electives in the arts, foreign languages and more to help develop strengths and interests;

International Baccalaureate, which has earned world-wide recognition for its rigor and high academic standards;

Early College Schools, which offer college-level courses and/or hands-on skills training.

Click HERE to learn more about magnet programs. See you on Nov. 1!



Ligon teacher named outstanding German educator

Ligon Magnet Middle teacher Jo Garrison has been selected as the 2014 American Association of Teachers of German K-8 Outstanding German Educator.  This prestigious award is given annually in recognition of innovative teaching, extraordinary talent and exceptional leadership in the German teaching profession.  Garrison will be honored during the Awards Presentation at the Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in San Antonio, Texas.

WCPSS receives $9M in federal funding to expand, refine magnet programs

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has announced a grant award of more than $9 million to expand and revise magnet school themes in the Wake County Public School System. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) award, announced today, will provide funding over the next three years to support three new magnet school themes. It also will support revisions to two existing magnet themes. Continue Reading . . .

Woot, woot! 24 Magnet schools win awards!

Twenty-four Wake County magnet schools were recently named by Magnet Schools of America as 2014 Magnet Schools of Distinction or Magnet Schools of Excellence. Congratulations to all the winners!
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Huge congratulations to A.B. Combs Elementary, just named the Nation’s Best Magnet School!

Last night, during the Magnet Schools of America’s 32nd National Conference in Hartford, CT the A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary in Raleigh, NC was named the recipient of the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award for 2014. This award is given annually to the nation’s top magnet school and commemorates the organization’s founding member Dr. Ronald P. Simpson. It also includes a $5,000 cash prize.
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Underwood wins Earth Day Poster Contest

Underwood Magnet Elementary won the Hicks Landscape Contractors poster contest with the theme of Come Alive Outside for Earth Day. Continue Reading . . .