Themes

Hunter Magnet ES
  • Leadership and Technology

    Students in the Leadership and Technology Pathway learn through common instructional strategies that are strengthened by a variety of technology tools. Student learning is supported by active, project-based methodologies that promote natural curiosity, support guided exploration and discovery, encourage meaningful projects and foster interaction among peers and mentors. Common essentials featured in all programs are hands-on project-based learning experiences with real world incorporation of community resources. Students in these programs focus on developing skills for success in the 21st century, including the use of emerging technologies and the promotion of goal-setting and leadership skills.

     

    Center for Design & Computer Sciences (K-5)

    The Center for Design and Computer Sciences prepares students for future success by introducing them to foundational computer science knowledge and competencies.  This program fosters the development of critical non-cognitive skills such as perseverance, decision-making, and self-motivation.  Students in all grade levels engage in instruction using coding languages and concepts.  Additionally, students complete elective courses that incorporate technology use on topics such as robotics, computer programming, digital music, and digital art, to name a few.  A thematic curriculum encourages students to implement design processes, think critically, demonstrate creativity, problem-solve, and work collaboratively. This thematic curriculum is grounded in a computational thinking and design framework. Bugg

     

    Entrepreneurial Design (K-5)

    Entrepreneurial Design is the application of a mindset allowing students to be forward-thinking problem finders and solvers. As we prepare students for careers that do not exist, we need them to persevere, be creative, innovative, great communicators, and multi-talented.  A CONNtreprenuer uses the content they learn to identify a problem in their school, community, or around the world, and creates a solution involving a good or service, while learning from business and organizational partnerships. Students will hear from speakers, video conference with those experts further away, and participate in content based excursions to see how the content they learn is applied in the real world. Conn ES

     

    Engineering (K-5)

    The Engineering magnet program brings together science, technology, engineering and math (also called STEM) in ways that make learning fun. Students work together to ask, imagine, plan, create and improve as a way to solve real world problems and improve learning in all subjects areas. Through this approach, students begin to see how those subjects are relevant to what they are studying in the classroom and the real world. Brentwood ES

     

    Environmental Connections (K-5)

    The Environmental Connections program engages students in daily instruction in core content areas delivered through the lens of environmental and life sciences. Students at each grade level engage in multidisciplinary, project-based learning through the completion of Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units. The Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units focus on four broad themes: 1) living things, 2) earth science/solar system, 3) environmental/community connections, and 4) weather and climate. These units are grade-specific, standards-aligned, project/problem-based learning activities. Students also participate in Expeditions ~ multidisciplinary elective classes rooted in math and literacy content and process skills. All students have the option of taking these Expedition classes in theme-related areas that will extend what they are learning in the core subjects. Lincoln Heights  Millbrook ES

     

    Leadership (K-5)

    The truth is that good leadership requires more than natural ability. With a program emphasis on 21st century leadership and character development, students at the leadership magnet learn to communicate effectively, collaborate, make ethical decisions and motivate others. They show initiative and participate in service learning. See this model at A.B. Combs woven throughout Stephen Covey's book, The Leader in Me.
    A.B. Combs ES

     

    Leadership and World Languages (K-5)

    Unleashing each child's full potential as a well-rounded global citizen, this magnet program focuses on leadership and world languages as a vital component in every student's education.  Students have daily instruction in either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.  Using Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, students learn and practice integrity, initiative, work ethic, cooperation, confidence, and service to the community.  Green ES

    Montessori (K-5)

    The Montessori program offers a nurturing and supportive learning environment developing the whole child, including social, emotional, academic, and physical needs. Curriculum is delivered using the Montessori philosophy, methods, and materials. Student-led Project-Based Learning allows students to gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to a complex question or challenge.   Kingswood ES
     

     

    Museums (K-5)

    Through extensive partnerships with local museums, arts centers, and government organizations, students interact with these community resources for an enhanced learning experience that transcends the classroom walls.  The Paideia Principles are applied throughout the day, which provides students the opportunities to create products that demonstrate their understanding of the Standards. Through these dynamic student interactions, the school is transformed into a museum of student work. Brooks ES

     

     

    Center for Digital Sciences (6-8) 

    The Center for Digital Sciences prepares students for the digital future.  Students become problem solvers who think critically and creatively, and who use technology as a tool for collaboration and innovation.  Digital Sciences teaches an approach to learning called Computational Thinking.  Computational Thinking involves collecting data, breaking it down, analyzing it, looking for patterns, and finding creative and innovative steps to solve problems. This thinking approach serves children in all subject areas and in their lives, even beyond academics. Students also have the opportunity to interact with technology companies in nearby Research Triangle Park.  This authentic collaboration with IT and programming businesses strengthens classroom learning Reedy Creek MS

    Leadership in Technology (6-8)

    All students receive daily lessons in leadership and character development based on Dr. Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One-to-one technology is integrated in daily core instruction through distinct partnerships with Verizon Digital Promise, providing every student with 24/7 equitable access to tablet technology and the Internet.  Carroll MS

     

    University Connections and Leadership (6-8)

    This magnet program offers innovative and collaborative experiences through a network of business and university partnerships on NC State and Centennial Campuses. As part of the WCPSS leadership pathway, emphasis is on character development as defined by Dr. Stephen Covey's work with the 7 Habits of Highlight Effective People. This blended digital environment offers students a platform for creative problem solving and design. This campus operates on a modified year-round calendar. Centennial MS

     
     
    University Connections: School of Design, Arts & Engineering (9-12)

    University Connections: School of Design, Arts & Engineering, leverages college-level expertise to inform the development of magnet course offerings and strengthens overall program rigor. Strong and visible partnerships with local colleges and universities as well as businesses provide invaluable resources. Transdisciplinary thematic curriculum allows students to select and focus on one of the following College and Career Pathways: 1) Design; 2) Arts; 3) Engineering, Math, and Sciences; and 4) Humanities and Social Sciences. Students have opportunities to take specialized courses, interact with experts in these fields, and participate in on-site visits or 
     

    Center for Medical Sciences & Global Health Initiatives (9-12) 

    Students interested in a career in health and/or science professions will be interested in this magnet theme. Areas of concentration range from agricultural sciences, animal science, global health initiatives, and much more. Students in this program become leaders in medical and health science fields.  Experiences include:  STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pedagogy learning across disciplines, relevant connections between the core curriculum and current topics in medical sciences and global health, community partnerships that offer hands-on learning opportunities and collaboration with extensive university and corporate partnerships for real world connections.  Athens Drive   

     
     
     

    Gifted and Talented

    The Gifted and Talented (GT) Pathway includes some of the district's oldest and most popular programs. It is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents to be valued and nurtured. To that end, students in the GT pathway explore a wide variety of subjects through core subjects and an extensive menu of elective courses that develop strengths and interests. Students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests.


    Gifted and Talented (K-12)

    This magnet program is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents that are valued and nurtured through this model. Students in GT schools explore an extensive menu of electives, all which enhance the Common Core and Essential Standards, and all of which are designed to develop students’ strengths and interests. Through this structure, students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests. World Language instruction and expanded visual and performing arts opportunities are available K-12. 
    Elementary GT Schools:     Underwood ES   Washington ES   Zebulon ES
    Middle GT Schools:  Martin MS   Zebulon MS 
     

    Play and Ingenuity/Gifted and Talented (K-5)

    Welcome to the only school in Wake County rooted in the play theory and curriculum.  This program builds ingenuity within the culture of the teachers, learners, and staff my embedding elements of Play and Game-like learning within all curricular areas. Teachers use games to teach students about strategy, cooperation, communication skills, and problem solving. In grades K-3, learning comes through playing games. In grades 3-5, it evolves into learning more about the game theory and game design, helping students understand more complex concepts. This approach to learning offers developmentally appropriate challenges and enhances academic and socio-emotional proficiency.  Powell

     


    Gifted and Talented/AIG Basics (Elementary and Middle)

    This magnet program is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents that are valued and nurtured through this model. Students in GT schools explore an extensive menu of electives, all which enhance the Common Core and Essential Standards, and all of which are designed to develop students’ strengths and interests. Through this structure, students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests. World Language instruction and expanded visual and performing arts opportunities are available K-12.  

    Students in the AIG (Academically or Intellectually Gifted) Basics program are grouped with other AIG-identified students for language arts or math, according to their individual qualifications.  All schools that offer the AIG basics theme offer it in conjunction with the GT magnet theme.
    Elementary GT/AIG Basics Schools: Fuller ES   Hunter ES  Poe ES      
    Middle GT/AID Basics Schools:  Carnage MS  Ligon MS  Moore Square MS
     
     
    Gifted and Talented/AIG Basics/Museums (6-8)

    This magnet program is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents that are valued and nurtured through this model. Students in GT schools explore an extensive menu of electives, all which enhance the Common Core and Essential Standards, and all of which are designed to develop students’ strengths and interests. Through this structure, students have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests. World Language instruction and expanded visual and performing arts opportunities are available K-12.

    Students in the AIG (Academically or Intellectually Gifted) Basics program are grouped with other AIG-identified students for language arts or math, according to their individual qualifications.  All schools that offer the AIG basics theme offer it in conjunction with the GT magnet theme. 
     
     
    Local partnerships with state museums, government organizations, and cultural art centers provide students with enhanced learning experiences that transcend the classroom walls.  Moore Square MS
     
     
    Gifted and Talented/IB Diploma Programme (High School)

    This magnet program is rooted in the belief that every student has gifts and talents that are valued and nurtured through this model. Students in GT schools explore an extensive menu of electives designed to develop their strengths and interests. They have the opportunity to customize their academic programs by choosing elective courses according to their academic needs and interests. 



    Beyond intellectual rigor, strong emphasis of the IB Diploma Programme (11th & 12th grades) is placed on the ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship and service. Students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants on local and world affairs, respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make up the world. Students who choose to participate in the Diploma Programme can potentially earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma that is recognized by major universities worldwide.   Enloe HS
     

    International Studies (K-5)

    International education is taught through integrated units of study that include world investigations, global perspectives, communication of ideas and local and global action. Students in the International Studies magnet have the opportunity for daily study in one of five world language choices beginning in kindergarten through fifth grade. Language classes are leveled and include Chinese, French, Spanish, Japanese and German. Students also select classes from a menu of internationally focused arts and PE courses. Twenty-first century tools assist students in learning about the rich world around them and various means of communicating across cultures to become global ambassadors.  Wiley ES

     
    Interactive Community (K-5) 
    The Interactive Community Theme is about building dynamic community within and outside of the school building. Inside the school building, community is created through small class sizes, high parent involvement, personalized education plans for all students, and quality learning experiences. Community is built outside the school building through service projects, valuable off campus learning opportunities, university connections, and partnerships with outside organizations. Partnership families are expected to volunteer an average of four hours per month in activities that support the school's mission. Partnership operates on a modified year-round calendar. 

     

    International Baccalaureate

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally standardized program of study that is offered in about 140 countries, and has garnered world-wide recognition for its rigor and high academic standards. IB students become increasingly knowledgeable and interested in international understandings, and actively work to effect positive change. The IB Organization offers three programs: the Primary Years Programme (grades K-5), the Middle Years Programme (grades 6-10) and the Diploma Programme (grades 11-12). Many colleges and universities give special admissions consideration to students who take IB classes and earn an IB Diploma.

     

    IB Primary Years Programme (K-5)

    The Primary Years Programme (PYP) seeks to develop the whole child to become a responsible member of a community. IB-trained teachers work together to create units of inquiry that inspire students to think about big ideas to promote international understanding and a global perspective.  Students begin a study of Spanish in kindergarten and use advanced technology to explore the world around them.  Students work to answer questions such as: Who are we?  Where are we in place and time?
    Farmington Woods ES   Fox Road ES      Smith ES 

     

    IB Middle Years Programme/Creative Arts (6-8)

    In the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), students learn through global contexts, key interdisciplinary concepts, and the application of social, thinking, research, communication, and self-management skills. Students benefit from a wide range of course offerings in the arts, world languages, technology, social studies, science, and physical education. Teachers ask "Essential Questions" that guide students in finding more than one right answer.  

    The Creative Arts program has an emphasis on learning and expression through the integration of the arts.  Arts teachers are specialists who work with classroom teachers to help bring the arts into math, science, social studies, and language arts.  East Garner MS   

     
    International Baccalaureate
     
    In the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), for grades 9 and 10, students learn through global contexts, key interdisciplinary concepts, and the application of social, thinking, research, communication, and self-management skills. A critical piece of student learning happens through action and service to the community.  Students benefit from a wide range of course offerings in the arts, world languages, technology, social studies, science, and physical education.  During the fifth year of the MYP (10th grade), students complete a personal project that demonstrates initiative, organization, and creativity.  

    The IB Diploma Years Programme (DP), for grades 11 and 12, not only offers intellectual rigor, but emphasizes ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship, and service.  The IB DP students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners, and informed participants on local and world affairs, respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make up the world.  Students who choose to participate in the Diploma Programme can potentially earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma that is recognized by major universities worldwide.   Garner HS   Millbrook HS  
     

    IB Diploma Years Programme (This theme is paired with select High School Magnet themes in grades 11-12) 

    The IB Diploma Years Programme (DP), for grades 11 and 12, not only offers intellectual rigor, but emphasizes ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship, and service.  The IB DP students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners, and informed participants on local and world affairs, respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make up the world.  Students who choose to participate in the Diploma Programme can potentially earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma that is recognized by major universities worldwide.Garner HS   Millbrook HS   Enloe HS  Broughton HS

     

    Center for Spanish Language/IB PYP (K-5)

    The Center of Spanish Language has a history of offering the most extensive Spanish program offered at a Wake County elementary school. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive instruction in Spanish every day. Along with the study of the language, students develop an understanding of Spanish culture through art, music, and dance. A perfect accompaniment to the language program, the IB program helps students ask questions through an inquiry model of teaching and learning. With an emphasis on community service, students become responsible, globally-minded citizens. Joyner ES

     

    Creative Arts and Science (K-5)

    This program has an emphasis on learning and expression through the integration of the arts in all areas.  Arts teachers and science teachers are specialists who work with classroom teachers to help bring the arts into math, science, social studies, and language arts.  With the addition of a science learning lab and a specialized science teacher, all students are provided expanded hands-on science instruction beyond that taught in the regular classroom.   Douglas ES  Wendell ES

     
     Academy of the Visual & Performing Arts (6-8)

    The arts are simply a way of life in the Visual & Performing Arts program.  All students learn about the arts through arts-integrated experiences in all classes on campus: with artists-in-residence, by attending arts-centered field trips and performances, through arts-focused service learning projects, and with an official partnership with the NC Museum of Art.  Students are offered the opportunity to explore the arts in leveled, progressive visual and performing arts classes.  Students who seek deep study in a chosen art form can take a double-period arts Guild class.   East Millbrook MS 

     

    Language Immersion/Global Studies

     
    The Language Immersion programs offer students an opportunity to develop English acquisition as well as a second language (Spanish or Chinese) development. The Standard curriculum is utilized throughout all of the language immersion programs. Students, however, take their literacy, math, social studies and science classes in a second language. While students are together for their immersion experience, they have the opportunity to participate in globally focused specials, taught in English, during other parts of the day. In the Global Studies program, students take globally focused humanities classes. An intercultural focus is integrated into all classes.
     
    Chinese Language Immersion
     
    This language immersion program offers students an opportunity to develop English acquisition as well as Chinese language development. The NC Standard Course of Study is utilized throughout all of the language immersion programs. Students, however, take their literacy, math, social studies, and science classes in a second language. While students are together for their immersion experience, they have the opportunity to participate in globally focused specials, taught in English, during other parts of the day.  Stough ES
     
    Spanish Language Immersion
     
    This language immersion program offers students an opportunity to develop English acquisition as well as Spanish language development. The NC Standard Course of Study is utilized throughout all of the language immersion programs. Students, however, take their literacy, math, social studies, and science classes in a second language. While students are together for their immersion experience, they have the opportunity to participate in globally focused specials, taught in English, during other parts of the day. Jeffreys Grove ES
     
    Spanish Dual Language Immersion 

    Students in the Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program will develop language proficiency in Spanish and English. Core instruction is provided by two teachers, both of whom teach all students, one teaching in English, and one teaching in Spanish.  Specials classes (Art, Music, Physical Education, etc.) are taught in English, however, the teachers embed Spanish cultural connections during instruction.   Hodge Road ES

     
    Global Studies/Language Immersion  
     
    In the Global Studies program, students participate in a world language class (French, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese) and participate in a Global Studies course. This course will explore world religions, cultures, and global issues. The purpose is to give students an understanding, respect, and appreciation of multiple geographic regions and cultural areas in an effort to develop an understanding of various challenges that unite and divide the world. 
     
    The Language Immersion program (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) will begin when a cohort of students arrive from a participating pathway elementary school. Students will continue taking literacy in their target language and one other course (math, social studies, or science) also in the second language.   Daniels MS
     
     
    Global Studies/Language Immersion/IB Diploma Programme
     
    In the Global Studies program, students participate in a world language class and participate in a Global Studies course. This course will explore world religions, cultures, and global issues. The purpose is to give students an understanding, respect, and appreciation of multiple geographic regions and cultural areas in an effort to develop an understanding of various challenges that unite and divide the world. 
     
    The Language Immersion program (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese) will begin when a cohort of students arrive from a participating pathway middle school.  
     
    Beyond intellectual rigor, strong emphasis of the IB Diploma Programme (11th & 12th grades) is placed on the ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship and service. Students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants on local and world affairs, respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make up the world. Students who choose to participate in the Diploma Programme can potentially earn an International Baccalaureate Diploma that is recognized by major universities worldwide.  Broughton HS
     
     
     

    Application Schools

     
     
    Crossroads FLEX (9-12) 

    Crossroads FLEX is a digital, blended learning school serving students whose outside interests and activities require considerable amounts of time during regular school hours, known at Crossroads FLEX as “pursuits”.  This can include students who are highly competitive and/or active in the arts, sports, or have other obligations such as extensive work schedules or family commitments.  Partnering with North Carolina Virtual Public Schools, blended learning is using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.  Students work independently on online lessons, projects, and assignments at home and at Crossroads FLEX.  Students meet with teachers to review their learning progress, discuss their work, ask questions, or receive assistance with difficult concepts while meeting a required amount of seat time.  The vision of Crossroads FLEX is to guide and graduate students whose individual pursuits empower them to emblazon change upon the world. Crossroads FLEX

    Year-Round (K-8)

    On the year-round instructional calendar, students still attend school 180 days but the calendar is divided into four 9-week quarters with a 3-week break between each quarter. Students are assigned to one of four tracks and attend school approximately 45 days when they are "tracked in" and are "tracked out" for 15 days. If a school is a multi-track school, three of four tracks will be "tracked in" while one track is "tracked out". This gives schools extra capacity to serve more students in one school building.