WCPSS Awarded Competitive Grant to Support Magnet Schools
The Wake County Public School System recently announced that it has been awarded the largest competitive grant in its history — $14.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education — to support magnet school programs.
The purpose of the USED Magnet Schools Assistant Program grant is to support programs that will reduce socioeconomic isolation in schools, build staff capacity and raise student achievement. Newly designated magnet schools or those with significantly revised themes qualified for consideration.
“Our magnet and curriculum enhancement programs have been pillars of innovation for our district and have set a national standard for excellence,” says WCPSS Superintendent James Merrill. “We continue to seek and discover ways to offer the best choices possible for our community.”
The MSAP grant will support the following magnet themes, all of which are new to the district:
- Bugg Magnet Elementary School Center for Design and Computer Sciences. All students will receive hands-on instruction in computer science, including computational thinking, coding, programming and human-computer interaction using digital tools.
- Lincoln Heights and Millbrook Magnet Elementary Schools – Center for Environmental Connections. This program will emphasize opportunities to investigate and connect with life outside the school walls providing students with authentic connections to the natural world.
- Southeast Raleigh High School University Connections: Design, Arts and Engineering. This theme will utilize strong partnerships with local colleges and universities to prepare students for specific college and career pathways.
- Implementation of the revised themes for Bugg, Millbrook and Southeast Raleigh began this year. Lincoln Heights’ new theme begins next fall. The MSAP grant will allow for a much more robust implementation of these themes.
Parents may apply for any of these or other magnet schools for the 2018-19 school year during the magnet application period, Jan. 10-31, 2018.
The kickoff of recruitment season for magnet schools for the 2018-19 school year will begin with the WCPSS Magnet, Year-Round and Early College Fair on Nov. 4 at Southeast Raleigh High School, 9 a.m.-noon.
Source: Wake County Public School System