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Huntsville City Schools' Office of Magnet Programs
Director of Instruction: Dr. Tammy Summerville
Office Phone 256-428-6864
General Questions Contact: magnet@hsv-k12.org

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What is a Magnet School?

 

Magnet schools offer specialized programs of learning with a focused theme that attract a diverse population of students throughout the Huntsville City Schools.  A variety of themes are available that include creative and performing arts, International Baccalaureate, foreign language, bio-medical, computer science, technology, engineering, math, gifted & talented, and early college.  Students from across the district may apply to Magnet Programs.

 


  

 

Academy for Gifted and Talented at Williams P-8

Grades: 6-8

 

Funded entirely by Huntsville City Schools, the Academy for Gifted and Talented will provide a new and exciting opportunity for gifted and talented students. Students offered admission to this program will experience the benefits of attending a dedicated gifted education program designed to be challenging and developmentally appropriate for the very important middle school years. AGT will allow gifted students to engage in cross curricular studies with the depth and complexity in which gifted students are capable. Students will receive services in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment and courses will be taught by highly qualified, gifted certified teachers who are dedicated to creating a valuable experience for students.

 

Applications for this program will take place in the spring of the fifth grade year.  We seek to accept a small cohort of students for the 2016-2017 academic session. 

  • Designed for academically gifted students grades 6-8
  • Provides an intellectual, creative, rigorous, and collaborative environment for unique learners
  • Meets social and emotional needs of gifted students
  • Supports needs of gifted learners through integrated curriculum and problem-based projects in addition to acceleration, compacting, extended learning opportunities, field studies, mentorships, and inquiry based units of study built around student interest and strengths

 

Requirements to Apply:

  • Huntsville City Schools or Alabama gifted identification
  • 3-4 proficiency level on standardized report cards in core subject areas
  • ACT Aspire scores, a writing sample, one (1) recommendation from principal or guidance counselor and one (1) recommendation from gifted specialist 

  

Should you have questions about the Academy for Gifted and Talented (AGT) magnet program, please contact Dr. Tammy Summerville, Director of Magnet Programs at 256-428-6864.  

 

Click HERE for application and more information.


OPENING AUG 2016!!!

 * APPLICATION FOR CURRENT 7th GRADERS NOW OPEN! *

  

College Academy

Grades: 9-12

The College Academy is a new magnet program within Jemison High School and is the product of a partnership between Huntsville City Schools and The University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Students offered admission to this magnet program will realize the benefits of completing up to sixty hours of college credits while also earning their high school diploma.  Highly motivated and capable students will begin taking college courses in 9th grade from UAH professors while their high school courses are taught by Jemison High School teachers selected to be part of the College Academy team.  Beginning in 11th grade, students can take up to two courses per year on the UAH campus so as to allow for an immersive college experience consistent with the personalized learning plan of each student.  Funded entirely by Huntsville City Schools, the College Academy will allow students and families to avoid the substantial costs of college tuition and expenses associated with the first two years of an undergraduate degree.

 

Requirements to Apply:

Application for the College Academy takes place in the spring semester of the seventh grade year with selection of students made by the end of the seventh grade year.  Approximately thirty to thirty-five students are accepted into each new school year’s freshman cohort.  The College Academy must be highly selective to ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of an accelerated program, with criteria for selection to include grade point average, standardized tests scores, ability to successfully complete Algebra I by the end of eighth grade, an interview, demonstrated maturity, and recommendations from school personnel, such as principals, teachers or guidance counselors.

 

Should you have questions about the College Academy, please contact Susan Eison, Dean of the College Academy at 256-428-6997.

 

Click HERE for application and more information.


Academy for Academics and Arts

Grades: P-8

The Academy for Academics and Arts opened as the first magnet school in Huntsville in 1984. Our emphasis on the Arts sets the Academy apart from other public schools in the Huntsville district. The original Academy stood on an historic site, the location of an encampment of the 10th Cavalry in October 1898, just after their participation in the Spanish American War. This black cavalry regiment is also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.  While we will miss our home on Cavalry Hill, we are excited to move in to our new campus at 4800 Sparkman Drive.  The former Ed White Middle School has been completely renovated to perfectly suit our Fine Arts Magnet School.  We will begin the 2015-2016 school year in this wonderful new facility. 

A brand new state of the art theater is being built at the school.  Construction on the new theater is expected to be complete in the spring of 2016. 

In the magnet program, there are three or four classes of each grade level from kindergarten to eighth grade. All children in grades K-5 have the opportunity to explore the arts weekly by attending music, visualarts, and dance. Students in second grade are introduced to Strings and may continue Strings throughout their journey at the Academy if they choose. Students also receive instruction with the drama teacher in mini courses embedded within the curriculum. The elementary teachers also utilize the arts throughout the day in the natural setting of the classroom to enhance all academic subjects.

Middle school students are given opportunities to delve deeper into the arts. Students audition for choral groups, performing groups, strings, visual arts, technical theatre, and dance.  Middle school students also audition for parts in the school’s annual theatre production.

The Academy for Academics and Arts is well known for its open door policy. All who enter its doors are welcome. This warm and inviting climate continues to grow due to all involved students, faculty and staff, parents, and community stakeholders.

 

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       There is no academic criteria for applicants in grades P-5. If the number of seats exceeds the number of seats available the District will use a lottery to admit students. No audition is needed in grades P-8.

5.       In addition to the online application, students in grades 6-8 must complete an audition. Applicants may audition in one of six areas: creative writing, vocal music, orchestral strings, drama, dance, or visual art. A committee will judge holistically the interest, experience, and commitment to the magnet theme from each new applicant in grades six through eight in an audition.


Academy for Science and Foreign Language

Grades: P-8

The Academy for Science and Foreign Language is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme. The IB program encourages students to know their own identity, learning styles, and interests by being inquiring, caring, open-minded individuals. We develop students who understand the diversity of the world and strive to make universal connections through the study of foreign language and science. Elementary students participate in French daily, and middle school students study French, German, or Spanish. In science, students make connections to the natural world using their hands, eyes, ears, minds, and hearts. Students have opportunities to participate in award winning science programs such as Robotics, Rocketry, Science Olympiad, Chemistry Troupe, and Future City. We inspire students to achieve educational goals through holistic learning so that they may grow to be responsible, respected, and successful adults in a rapidly changing world.

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       There is no academic criteria for applicants in grades P-5. If the number of seats exceeds the number of seats available the District will use a lottery to admit students.

5.       Selection criteria related to the magnet theme will be used to select new student in grades 6-8. A committee will review holistically the data and information about each new applicant in grades six through eight.

6.       Written Essay Response for Grades 6-8


 

Williams Middle School

Grades: 6-8

NASA’S Beginning, Engineering, Science, and Technology or NASA’S-BEST, integrates activities and technologies that challenge students in a fun environment utilizing many of the same projects as NASA engineers. The curriculum requires students to think critically, collaborate to solve real world problems and actively participate in the engineering process. Through William’s NASA’s BEST magnet program, students are given an opportunity to imagine, plan, design, and then build a project, just like real engineers.

The program combines Next Generation Science Standards along with the International Baccalaureate foundations in building connections to the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. This magnet program allows students to gain knowledge of the engineering process, strong technical writing skills, as well as the positive self-esteem needed to conquer any task. Upon completion of this program, students will have the problem solving skills and competitive edge to feel confident in any academic setting.

So, what do we actually do? We try to reach the stars! NASA students work on satellite design, rocket launches, computer programming, satellite mapping, building (a robotic arm), designing (a lunar buggy), water filtration systems, rocket racing, and much, much more!

What makes this program so special? There is no cookie cutter approach to these missions. Students create whatever their mind can imagine, and work to redesign problems they encounter until they reach success. NASA’S BEST is hands on, creativity filled, and student centered. With the NASA’S BEST program at Williams Technology Middle School, the stars are no longer the limit!

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       Selection criteria related to the magnet theme will be used to select new student in grades 6-8. A committee will review holistically the data and information about each new applicant in grades six through eight.

5.       Written Essay Response for Grades 6-8


 Columbia High School

Grades: 9-12

 

CHS MYP Overview (Grades 9-10)

The Middle Years Programme consists of eight subjects and is designed for 9th and 10th grade students at the high school level. Students within the Middle Years Programme are encouraged to develop to their highest potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect and develop a strong sense of personal identity. The Middle Years Programme culminates in a personal project, designed and implemented by each student. The Middle Years Programme is considered to be a whole-school programme that prepares students for further successful study.

CHS DP Overview (Grades 11-12)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a challenging, well rounded, two-year pre-university curriculum that leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. The Diploma Programme prepares 11th and 12th grade students for universities and encourages them to ask challenging questions, learn how to learn, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. The curriculum contains six subject groups as well as community service, extended essay, and a course in theory of knowledge.

CHS CP Overview (Grades 11-12)

The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is a two year program that provides a high standard of international education through its provision of IB Diploma courses and the CP core, and also provides direct access to local, national, and international higher educational institutions with its requirement of an accredited career related study. The CP prepares students for flexibility and mobility in a range of employment opportunities as well as continuing lifelong learning.

CP students will take a minimum of two Diploma Programme courses to include at least one higher level (2 year) and one standard level (1 year) class. Although only one higher level course is required, students can take two. DP History and English are the higher level courses that are recommended. It is not recommended that CP students take more than three DP classes.  

The CP core will have these five components to the programme that must be completed, in addition to the DP classes mentioned above:

  • Reflective Project 
  • Language Portfolio 
  • Community and Service Project 
  • Ethics Course both 11th and 12th Grades
  • Career-related certificate program (Athletics, JROTC, PLTW, IT Academy, Health Science, Culinary, etc.)

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       Selection criteria related to the magnet theme will be used to select new students. A committee will review holistically the data and information about each new applicant in grades nine through twelve. Applicants for Columbia High School IB MYP Programme grades 9 and 10 will not have academic selection criteria.

5.       Grade Average – Diploma Programme (80%); Career-Related Programme (80%)

6.       Written Essay Response


 New Century Technology High School

Grades: 9-12

At New Century Technology High School students complete Science, Technology, and Engineering courses focused on research and application for real-world problems. Our students gain strong academic knowledge and skills by completing specialized courses in one of our three Areas of Study - Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering. Students in the Biomedical Science Strand learn about 21st century Biomedical Innovations, Biotechnology, and Bioinformatics applications used for genome analysis, disease studies, and patient care. Biomedical students also become well-versed in Medical Terminology and explore numerous medical career options through job shadowing and internships at local hospitals and local universities. Computer Science students learn about securing networks, operating systems, and applications to mitigate risks, in addition to problem solving skills using computer programming languages like Python, C++, and Java. Computer Science students have the opportunity to compete in national cyber security and programming contests, as well as to become certified in IT Essentials, Network+, CCENT, CCNA, Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacking. Engineering students learn about 3D modeling software and design solutions to real problems by understanding the design process, research and analysis techniques, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Engineering students have opportunities to collaborate with industry leaders, such as NASA and Raytheon, in systems engineering projects and original research. In addition to our core curriculum in these three Areas of Study, NCTHS students can take specialized electives such as Modeling and Simulation, App and Game Development, Genetic Technologies, Computer Networking, Multimedia Production, Human Biochemistry, Robotics, and Engineering Concepts.

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       Selection criteria related to the magnet theme will be used to select new students. A committee will review holistically the data and information about each new applicant in grades nine through twelve

5.       Grade Average – 85%

6.       Written Essay Response


 Lee High School

Grades: 9-12

With a focus on developing the critical thinking needed to succeed in the creative and performing arts, our programs let students focus in a specific field—similar to a college major—to complement and extend their academic studies. Honors and AP Courses are offered in both academics and arts courses. Students develop the work ethic and growth mindset needed to become college and career ready.

The Creative and Performing Arts Programs at Lee High School embrace diversity as part of an authentic life and as essential in education the whole student. Problems are seen as opportunities for creative problem-solving and for improvement. We work to extend academics into the work of the creative and performing arts in order to develop student voice and talent. We have the following ten areas of concentration:

Creative Writing
Dance
Technical Theatre
Theatre Performance
Orchestra
Photography
New Media Arts / Cinematography
Visual Arts
Vocal Performance

Requirements to Apply:

1.       Interested students from throughout the Huntsville City School system may submit application for a choice of up to two magnet programs and/or schools.

2.       A central application for all magnet programs can be accessed and submitted online during a designated application window time period.

3.       Students may apply for the next academic year in the fall of the current year.

4.       In addition to the online application, students must audition for each program for which they wish to be considered. Specific program requirements for auditions are listed on the school’s website. A committee will judge holistically the interest, experience, and commitment to the magnet theme from each new applicant.

5. Grade Average – 70%

6.     If the number of selected applicants per program exceeds the number of seats available, the District will use a lottery to admit students.


 

 

MAGNET SCHOOL BUS ROUTES

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      

                                                                                 New Century High Magnet

                                               

                                                                                     Lee High Magnet

                                               

                                                                              Columbia High I.B. Program

                                               

 

 

                                                                               Impact with Kenny Anderson

                                               

 

                           

 

 

Other Resources

 

8th Grade Magnet Day at Monaco Photo Album

 

* APPLICATION FOR CURRENT 7TH GRADERS NOW OPEN! *


     

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Huntsville City Board of Education will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. For more information contact: Shirley.Wellington@hsv-k12.org.