Medical health sciences, computer science, performing arts and game development could be the new themes used at four Wake County magnet schools next school year.
Wake County school administrators will brief the school board’s student achievement committee on Monday on themes for the new magnet programs at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh and Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary. Staff will also present the revised themes that will be used at two existing Raleigh magnet schools – East Millbrook Middle School and Powell Elementary School.
Athens Drive High is proposed to have the theme of medical health sciences. This theme will include a Medical Career Academy, 21st Century global health initiatives, languages to support the Medical Academy such as Latin and a focus on nutrition and health.
Reedy Creek Middle is proposed to have an iTech/computer science/computer programming theme. Elements would include IT partnerships, computer programming and coding and robotics.
East Millbrook Middle, which is currently an International Baccalaureate themed magnet, would have its theme revised to be a Performing Arts Academy. Elements would include;
▪ Increase and expand arts offerings for all students with an international emphasis;
▪ Create a School of the Arts Academy for Middle School;
▪ Increase world language offerings.
Powell Elementary, which now has a Gifted and Talented theme, would have a revised theme of play and game-based learning. Elements would include:
▪ Game/App Development;
▪ Collaborative Learning Environment;
▪ Innovative pedagogy that supports play and game-based learning.
Staff wants to make sure the board is okay with the themes before they’re publicized at the Magnet School Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 7 at Southeast Raleigh High School.
According to the handout, the themes were developed after getting input from students, parents, faculty and staff at the schools; community members; businesses; central-office staff and a national magnet school consultant.
Wake will seek funding for the themes from next year’s federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant. If the feds don’t provide the money, Wake will have to to fund the programs from within its own budget on a more-limited scale.