Elementary School Magnets
In 1991 Richland Two introduced its first magnet, The Learning Collaborative (TLC), a program for motivated and high-achieving students at Dent Middle School. Over the course of the past 20 years, the magnet offerings have grown to 39 unique and dynamic programs aimed at engaging all types of learners.
These magnets are identified as National Demonstration Schools or Nationally Certified Magnet Schools. There are currently only 19 National Demonstration Schools in the county.
For more information including frequently asked questions and school information nights, please visit the Choice Program page. Using the online Choice Application, parents may apply each January and May for placement that will take effect the following school year.
You may see emblems beside some magnet programs and/or centers name. These programs have been recognized by Magnet Schools of America. Here is a guideline to each emblem:
These magnet programs received Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America.
Select the bold green links below to learn more about each program and visit the program's website. Watch a short informational video about each on the Richland Two YouTube channel.
Bridge Creek Elementary School:
Medical, Engineering, and Discovery through Arts Magnet School (MED) at Bridge Creek Elementary: Bridge Creek (MED) Medical, Engineering, and Discovery Through Arts Magnet School offers students the opportunity to explore medical, engineering and arts careers. A Medical Lab to support student awareness and learning of health and wellness, an Engineering Robotics Lab to engage students in hands-on learning, and a school Makerspace to emphasize student collaboration and creativity are just some of the new academic centers made possible through an MSAP grant. In addition, MED at Bridge Creek will encompass the Arts to support student mastery in varying content areas and implement AVID school-wide to build student success with research based instructional strategies.
Center for Achievement (CFA)
The CFA philosophy is that every student can be successful when strategies are uniquely designed to meet their needs. We strive to personalize learning to address the needs of students with unique learning styles. Located on the Kelly Mill Middle School Campus.
Center for Inquiry (CFI)
CFI unites the district with the University of South Carolina to create a unique learning environment in a small school setting. The integrated curriculum focuses on learning how to learn as well as what to learn. Located on the Summit Parkway School Campus.
Center for Knowledge (CFK)
The CFK curriculum is meant to be accelerated and challenging. Classrooms are rich in literature with a focus on structuring literacy so that students develop good lifelong habits in reading, writing and working independently. Located on the E.L. Wright Middle School Campus.
Center for Knowledge North (CFK North)
The CFK North curriculum is meant to be accelerated and challenging. Classrooms are rich in literature with a focus on structuring literacy so that students develop good lifelong habits in reading, writing and working independently. Located on the Muller Road Middle School Campus.
L.W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School
Conder Elementary: At Conder, we believe an arts infused education enriches, motivates, and broadens student learning. Parental and community involvement is an integral part of the education process. We must equip students with basic skills such as problem solving and higher order thinking skills, enabling children to reach their potential as life-long learners. We believe in preparing students to become responsible citizens in a global society who have respect and understanding for differences among people from various cultural backgrounds.
Forest Lake Elementary School
NASA Explorer School (NES): Forest Lake NASA Explorer School is a whole school magnet program that utilizes the resources of NASA to enrich and instill interest in our school’s STEM curriculum. All students in kindergarten through 5th grade participate in learning activities enriched with NASA and STEM resources. These resources are integrated into classroom instruction as well as through our NASA Lab and Project Lead the Way classes.
Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc): The Elementary Learning Collaborative builds its foundation upon the Integrated Curriculum Model as developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. In addition to all of the benefits of the NASA Explorer School program offered at Forest Lake, the Elementary Learning Collaborative magnet is designed to meet the needs of and challenge highly motivated students through units of study that provide an interdisciplinary approach to instruction. Our curriculum is advanced and moves at an accelerated pace. Students will participate in multiple opportunities for the application of 21st Century learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The in-depth instruction is offered in all curricular areas and is supported through inquiry, research, and authentic problem-based learning activities.
Killian Elementary School
STEAM Leadership Magnet: S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. As a S.T.E.A.M. School, we focus on these subjects to help our students gain the skills required to succeed as 21st Century Learners. This includes the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and create purposeful products utilizing the latest technology.
Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary
The Academy for Civic Engagement at Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary will prepare children to become contributing members of our democratic society and responsible citizens of our community and our world.
North Springs Elementary School
Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics School (STEMS): The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics School at North Springs is all about problem-solving. We live in an increasingly complex world, and our children must be superlative thinkers and learners. STEMS provides an academically rigorous core curriculum enhanced with hands-on investigations and field studies. Thematic units ensure the seamless connections between language arts, reading, social studies, math and science, while providing experiences that feature the meaningful use of technology and 21st Century Skills. Students cultivate critical thinking strategies necessary to create practical solutions.
Polo Road Elementary School
Dual Language Immersion (DLI) will provide students the opportunity to begin second language acquisition in a meaningful context. For its inaugural year, DLI will be available to kindergarten students. The program will expand by one grade level each subsequent year, reaching full (K-5th grade) implementation in the 2020-21 school year.
Pontiac Elementary School
The Montessori Magnet at Pontiac is a school within a school Magnet. It consists of five Primary, four Lower Elementary and three Upper Elementary classrooms serving students from three years old through fifth grade in a multi-aged setting.
Rice Creek Elementary School
The Rice Creek Elementary School of Academics, Innovation, and Leadership (SAiL) is a school-wide magnet where students are immersed in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Medicine. STEAMM is integrated into the curriculum to teach key academic content, while engaging students in 21st Century Skills (including collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking). SAIL students participate in character education through Leader in Me, as well as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which is a research-based instructional program that is accessible to all students Kindergarten through 5th grade. AVID focuses on closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career success. Rice Creek SAiL has a Maker Lab where students are engaged in student-centered inquiry where they are able to explore their own interests as well as authentic projects and an ECHO (Educating Children on Health and Occupations) Lab where students learn about the medical field through the lenses of the whole child, focusing on medicine of the physically active such as sports medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy and wellness.
Sandlapper Elementary School
At Sandlapper Elementary Computer Science Immersion School, we strive to prepare each student for success and launch them on a premier path to a future beyond all imagination. SES ensures successful implementation of a computer science program across all grade levels and content areas. All students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, will have an opportunity to develop coding skills as part of the daily curriculum.
Windsor Elementary School
The Windsor Elementary International Baccalaureate World School for the Primary Years Programme: Encourages international-mindedness in IB students, developing global thinkers. Encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they can become lifelong learners. Reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real life issues based on the Trans-disciplinary Themes. Emphasizes, through the IB Learner Profile, the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.