Wiley Magnet Celebrates National Designation
May 10, 2016
It wasn't a beach party, but it sure looked like one at Wiley Magnet Elementary School on May 9.
After principal Leslie Taylor announced that the school had been named top elementary magnet school in the nation, the kids broke into a "Celebration."
Wiley Elementary -- an international studies magnet -- was named the top elementary magnet school by the Magnet Schools of America on Friday evening, May 6.
The MSA awards are given to schools that demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and strong parent and community involvement.
Wiley was named the best elementary school in the nation among all elementary schools receiving Schools of Excellence designations. School leaders decided to let the students know about it at the end of the day on the following Monday.
The school broke into one giant party. Dancing, singing, flying beach balls ... you name it!
About Wiley Magnet
Wiley's International Studies Magnet Program attracts students from many different countries. These face-to-face experiences with other cultures make global studies come alive. Doors of understanding open wide as students learn about varied cultures, learn to speak different languages, and learn to use technologies important in our global society.
The program is designed to develop understanding of major systems (technological, communications and cultural), which influence the condition of our global village. The international magnet gives students an opportunity to individualize their education. Students receive a solid core of instruction in essential subjects. Elective classes offer a variety of learning options and experiences. Kindergarten through second grade students may participate in as many as eight elective classes each year. As one of their elective courses, students may choose from any array of five foreign languages: French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese.
In technological and communications electives, students may take advanced computer, photography and video elective classes. In these courses, they learn how to develop and print black and white film, use video equipment in the production of an in-house television news program that is broadcast to all classrooms, and use computers to communicate with others around the world. Technology plays an important role in the curriculum of the international studies magnet program.