High 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.
For more information including frequently asked questions and a schedule of 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.
These magnets are identified as National Demonstration Schools or Nationally Certified Magnet Schools. There are currently only 19 National Demonstration Schools in the county.
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.
Richland Northeast High School
The Convergence Media program provides students an elective program in which they use the most up-to-date tools and techniques in communication and journalism. Students produce nationally recognized print, broadcast, and digital media.
Palmetto Center for the Arts (PCA): The district's Fine Arts magnet, PCA includes dance, music, theater, and visual arts. The innovative and comprehensive curriculum provides students a strong foundation to enter top-level colleges, universities or conservatories. It is the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Creative Ticket award for outstanding achievement in arts education.
The Horizon/IB magnet program is a rigorous, four-year course of study (grades 9-12) for the most academically talented and motivated students who strive for academic success with a global perspective. The program promotes collaborative learning and leadership building within a broad and balanced international curriculum. *Students selected for Horizon/IB Magnet complete all MYP and IBDP requirements.
International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme, IB Career-related Program, and Diploma Programme: The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
(Grades 11 and 12)
Includes a rigorous, integrated liberal arts course of study in six subject areas, an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course (Essay and Exhibition), and Community Service Hours. The IB Diploma courses are widely accepted by universities and colleges around the world as evidence of superior achievement.
Middle Years Programme
(Grades 9 and 10)
Offers a course of study focused on helping students in grades 9 and 10 to develop the skills and conceptual understanding necessary to make real-world connections across the curriculum.
Career Related Programme
(Grades 11 and 12)
Combines a career-path with a CP core of Personal and Professional skills, plus two Diploma Program classes. Students must meet requirements of 50 hours of Language Development, Service Learning and a 50 hour Reflective Project. Career-focused areas include Culinary Arts, Health Science, and NJROTC.
Ridge View High School
The Ridge View High School Arts Innovation for Medical Sciences Magnet (AiMS) Ridge View is re-imagining education for a changing world through our AiMS STEAMM magnet; Arts Innovation for Medical Sciences. STEAMM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math, and Medical as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. At Ridge View, we believe in fostering a healthy, safe, engaged, supportive, and challenging collaboration between community, families, and parents, and students. The AiMS school-wide magnet connects Ridge View’s small learning communities allowing all students to find their pathways to purpose.
The Institute for Health Sciences (BioHealth Science or Allied Health Sciences): From the moment students walk into the classroom, they begin solving a mysterious death. Students investigate, document, and analyze evidence to solve real-world problems. Students explore a range of careers in biomedical sciences as they learn content participating in hands-on activities and projects. The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical courses promote collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, and communication. The Institute for Health Sciences offers two four-year magnet programs: the BioHealth Sciences Magnet and the Allied Health Sciences Magnet. Both programs aim to engage students in a challenging and competitive educational environment through case-based scenarios focused in science, mathematics, and technology.
The Ridge View Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law is an energetic learning community of highly motivated students committed to achieving the goals of a challenging academic curriculum focused on Business and Law. We offer broad exposure to the student's chosen magnet strand through an in-depth study of various topics and engagement in problem-based learning that extends students' understanding of legal, finance and business issues and concepts in the 21st century. Through an enriched personalized program of interdisciplinary study, students develop a better understanding of their field of study and are better prepared to serve the community.
Spring Valley High School
The Discovery Program is a rigorous four-year Honors/AP program designed for students interested in the STEM research field. Students should have motivation, aptitude, and commitment to academic rigor, particularly in the fields of science and mathematics. Students in the Discovery program complete at least six Advanced Placement courses over the four years to include AP Seminar, AP Research, at least one AP science and math course, and 2 courses of their choosing.
The Explorations Program is a four year College Prep program designed for well-rounded students with interests and aptitude in technology, math and science. The Explorations program has a forensics thread woven into each magnet course. Seniors in the Explorations magnet complete a 200-hour internship in a field of their interest.
Westwood High School
The Institute for Research Engagement and Design (iRED) is a whole-school magnet where students engage in design-based learning and research focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
Studio D empowers students to think critically and creatively, take risks, innovate, and collaborate on relevant design challenges. Rigorous interdisciplinary learning experiences allow students to learn key academic content, exceeding state standards and bringing content to life through project-based learning and design-thinking strategies.