Magnet Schools?

Question: My 10-year-old daughter is in a gifted program in elementary school. Next year, she will be going to middle school. The school district has a magnet school, or she can go to the regular middle school. What are the advantages of magnet schools?

Answer: Magnet schools usually focus on a particular discipline such as science, technology, the arts or humanities. If the local magnet school doesn’t have a program that truly appeals to your child, it would definitely not be the right choice for her. It would be better to keep her in a regular school that offers a traditional curriculum.

Your daughter needs to play a role in making this decision. It would be helpful for her to visit each potential school and follow a student around for the day.

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