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A tale of 4 magnets

The Magnet & Early College Fair is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.

Representatives from more than 40 magnets will be on hand to tell you more about their schools.

We’ll offer up this teaser by telling you a bit about three magnet schools and one early college school. See you Saturday!

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy

A Vernon Malone student works on an air-conditioning unit, part of the heating/air/refrigeration certificate program.

A Vernon Malone student works on an air-conditioning unit, part of the heating/air/refrigeration certificate program.

Get a jump start on college and/or a high-paying career at this one-of-a-kind school. Students complete courses required for high school graduation while simultaneously receiving hands-on training in one of 10 skilled trades. Credits in those can be applied to a four-year university or a certificate or diploma program at Wake Technical Community College.

Experienced Wake Tech instructors train students in fields such as biopharmaceutical technology, nursing, electrical systems, simulation and game development, collision repair, cosmetology and plumbing.

The site itself is a major draw, as Vernon Malone is housed in the renovated former Coca-Cola factory on South Wilmington Street.

You really have to see it for yourself. There’s an open house on Nov. 4 at 6:30. The window to pre-apply for Vernon Malone and all other Early College programs is Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Click HERE to learn more about that process.


Poe Magnet Elementary School


At Poe, a new Gifted and Talented/Academically or Intellectually Gifted (G&T/AIG) magnet, “We believe all of our students have gifts and talents, and we provide different opportunities for them to explore and hone in on what their gifts are,” says Poe’s Magnet Coordinator Sebrina Williams.

Teachers help identify particular strengths and seek to nurture them, both in the classroom and via a series of stimulating elective courses. AIG-identified fourth and fifth graders receive instruction in language arts and math from AIG-certified teachers. All students are encouraged to “work at their fullest potential.”

There’s art, dance, music and theater, as well as photography, computer animation and kitchen chemistry, among many others.

Poe is one of 5 magnets to benefit from a $9 million federal grant. Part of the funds will go toward buy new instruments for the school orchestra.

Poe has been recently renovated and boasts a new multipurpose facility. An open house is scheduled for Jan. 7. Weekly tours are limited in size, so RSVP to reserve your space by calling 919-250-4778 or emailing


Fox Road Magnet Elementary

Fifth-grade teacher Peter Damroth works with a group of his students. Yep, those are iPads.

Fifth-grade teacher Peter Damroth works with a group of his students. Yep, those are iPads.

The progress in just one year has been astounding, says Anne Waechter, magnet coordinator at Fox Road Magnet Elementary.

Fox Road transitioned from a traditional elementary to an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme magnet in the 2013-14 school year.

Students are encouraged to be inquisitive, working with their teacher and small groups of their peers to get answers. “The teacher is the facilitator rather than the fountain of knowledge,” Waechter says. “They’re exploring learning rather than memorizing information.”

Students embrace the attributes of an IB learner, something Fox Road students have done with gusto. Students understand the meaning of words like principled, inquirers, and knowledgeable as part of their vocabulary, and they demonstrate these attributes on a daily basis to turn their learning into action to better our world.

Engagement in world related content is seen across the school in large part because they are now an integral part of their own education. One sign of that is the fact that behavioral incidents have decreased sharply since the IB Programme was implemented.  Students develop 21st century skills by problem solving and answering questions using a variety of resources including technology to access a better understanding of concepts and make real world connections.

To schedule a tour or ask questions, contact Waechter at 919-850-8859 or by email at An open house is slated for Jan. 7


Green Magnet Elementary

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Spanish teachers Maria Machado and Wendy Bateman.

The young students file down the hall in orderly fashion en route to their next class. But a few have to pop out of line to give Magnet Coordinator Sandy Carter a quick hug.

Green is that kind of place, nurturing and friendly. It’s also a place that’s preparing students to make their way in the globalization era.

Green’s magnet theme is Leadership and World Languages. Each student has one class daily in either Spanish or Mandarin. This has benefits beyond putting students on a path toward being conversant or even fluent in a foreign language, as they advance through school. “Instruction in a second language improves memory, listening ability, creativity and critical thinking,” according to a brochure for prospective Green students. “These skills equip students to be active, productive and successful citizens in a global society.”

Not only do students learn the language, they also study the Chinese, Mexican and Central and South American cultures.

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Mandarin teacher Shuang Wu.

The Leadership component is integrated into the core curriculum, everyday language and really everything done at Green. It’s modeled on The Leader in Me, a continuous-improvement process based on Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Students learn the 7 Habits – in two languages – and work to practice them in all they do, Carter says.

“What we do here is provide a World Language to every child, every day, as well as help them to discover the leader in themselves,” Carter says. “Share your child with us, and we’ll return you a leader who speaks a world language.”

Green currently is in a temporary campus off Spring Forest Road. The school system will build a new structure at its permanent location on Six Forks Road that will open in August 2016.

Click HERE to schedule a tour.

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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