The graduates of the Magnet Program are dispersed throughout the country as distinguished professionals. It is the projects, simulations, explorations, and discussions that validate their love of learning and satiates their quest for knowledge. Being in a classroom with others of similar intellectual ability allows learning to take place at a broader and deeper level. To be challenged mentally early in life engrains in these students the value and excitement of creating, discovering, problem solving, and critical thinking. This excitement and need for learning becomes an integral part of what they value and who they are.
Research shows that people learn best when they are physically as well as mentally engaged. For this reason, a project-based curriculum has been developed so that the students are actively involved in their learning. Utilizing this valuable method of teaching allows students not only to meet curricular expectations, but gives them the freedom and ability to pursue and explore their own talents and interests. Projects vary from team initiatives to individualized studies. Students will engage in projects that span across the content areas. From science fairs to senate simulations, drag car racing to 3-D models of the United States; students will take their learning to new heights.
Students find the Magnet Program provides the opportunity in which they can find a true friend. It can be the first time that they connect intellectually with same age peers and/or find students with similar interests. These relationships are nurtured over the three years that students spend in the program. Many of the Magnet students remain lifelong friends. Having the students for three years allows the teachers to fully know and understand each student. For this reason, the teachers are able to enhance the students’ strengths, conquer their weaknesses, and further develop their personalities. Teachers and parents develop a strong relationship over the three years as they work together to ensure success for each child.
The Magnet Program is an all-day, every day program for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. In some curricular areas students are placed in family groupings (where children from different grade levels are taught the same information; however, are given different expectations) while in other curricular areas they are placed by ability. The uniqueness of a multi-age environment is that students work and learn with others of different ages and gender. Working and playing together eliminates these natural barriers. Students learn to appreciate and respect differences in ability rather than using age and gender as dividing factors.
Academically Gifted Children
Academically Gifted children learn in ways that are different than other students. They yearn to learn broader and deeper and have the capability of learning faster and sooner. In the Magnet Program, the students receive a curriculum that allows them to be challenged at their intellectual level, as well as having the learning be meaningful and enjoyable. Equally important, the Magnet Program provides students the opportunity to work and learn with other students with exceptional talents. For this reason, this program can foster an environment that challenges the students to reach new intellectual heights as well as allowing them to connect socially/emotionally with people similar in age.