Richland Two offers Choice and Magnet program opportunities
It’s time to learn more about Richland School District Two’s Choice and Magnets programs. The district held its annual Choice Fair in November. Representatives from schools, centers and Magnet programs were on hand to answer questions about the many educational opportunities available in the district for the 2013-2014 school year.
In September, the Board approved the replication of the Center for Knowledge (CFK) Magnet program. CFK North is scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year on the Muller Road Middle School campus, located at 1031 Muller Road, Blythewood 29016. Initially, CFK North will serve kindergarten through second grade and have two classes per grade level. Through a four-year phase in, an additional grade level would be added in order to serve kindergarten through fifth grade by the 2016-17 school year.
Additionally, the Board also recently approved the development of a STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) Magnet program at Summit Parkway Middle School. The Magnet focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. The new program would open with approximately 80 students in sixth grade and add one grade level per year for a three-year phase-in. STEMS programs are currently offered at two elementary schools.
Informational sessions on all Magnet programs will be held throughout the month of January.
District students are traditionally assigned to schools based on their residential address. Expanded choice offers parents and students residing in Richland Two the opportunity to apply to attend a school other than their residentially assigned school. Choice is only available to Richland Two residents.
Each school open for Choice is allowed 20 transfer slots through the Choice process. The 20 slots may increase based on the number of students leaving that school through the Choice program. Available slots for Magnet programs vary based on each program. Parents must provide transportation for students who choose programs that are not at their residentially assigned school.
Applications will only be accepted online. The application process begins Jan. 7, 2013, and runs through Jan. 31, 2013, at 5 p.m. In March, parents and students will be able to log back into their application account to see whether students have been accepted into the program of their choice. For additional information on Magnet programs, contact Dawne McLeod at 738.3248 or on Expanded Choice, contact Roger Wiley at 738.3314.