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Magnet Schools and Centers

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 36 unique and dynamic programs aimed at engaging all types of learners. More than 40 percent of district students participate in magnet programs.

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.

Select the bold blue 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.

Elementary School Magnet Programs & Centers

Academy for Civic Engagement (ACE) at 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.

Center for Achievement (CFA) on the Kelly Mill Middle School Campus: The Center for Achievement philosophy is that every student can be successful. We are designed to work with students who learn differently. We strive to take struggling students and produce satisfaction and achievement rather than frustration and failure.

Center for Inquiry​ (CFI) on the Summit Parkway School Campus: As a Professional Development School, CFI unites the district with the University of South Carolina to create a unique learning environment in a small school setting.

Center for Knowledge (CFK) on the E.L. Wright Middle School Campus: 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.

Center for Knowledge North (CFK North) on the Muller Road Middle School Campus: 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.

Dual Language Immersion (DLI) at Polo Road Elementary School: 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.

L.W. Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School: Conder Elementary is a whole-school magnet and the only arts magnet in the district. It's motto is Students Through The Arts Reach Success.

eFIT Academy (Environmental Fitness Academy) at Rice Creek Elementary: eFIT, the Environmental Fitness Academy, provides in-depth studies of the sciences, health, and the environment. The eFIT Academy also introduces students to the tools necessary for being technologically competitive, for setting personal fitness goals, and for living a healthy lifestyle.

Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc) at Forest Lake Elementary: The Integrated Curriculum Model from the College of William and Mary provides the foundation for the Elementary Learning Collaborative at Forest Lake Elementary. Students will be immersed in units of study that provide an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that will deliver multiple opportunities for the application of 21st century learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. In-depth instruction in all curricular areas will be supported through inquiry, research, and authentic problem-based learning activities.

Elementary Montessori at Pontiac: The Montessori Magnet at Pontiac is a school within a school Magnet Program located in Pontiac Elementary School. 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.

Joseph Keels School of Entrepreneurial Leadership (SEL): The School of Entrepreneurial Leadership will equip students to be financially literate and economically competitive in today's rapidly changing global economy. The school uses a project-based curriculum, aligned with South Carolina standards, to introduce relevancy into learning by incorporating real- world experiences where students apply classroom learning to real- life situations.

NASA Explorer School (NES) at Forest Lake Elementary: Forest Lake NASA Explorer School is a whole school magnet program utilizing the resources of NASA to instill an interest in STEM programs. NASA Resources are integrated in our curriculum throughout the school in K-5th grade.

Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics School (STEMS) at North Springs Elementary: 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.

STEAM Leadership Academy at Killian Elementary: 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.

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.​

Middle School Magnet Programs and Centers​
Offered at Dent Middle School

  • Fine Arts Media Literacy Program (FAME): All Students at Dent Middle School have an opportunity to participate in the FAME program through their co-curricular class time. Sixth grade students will explore many of the FAME areas. At the end of the sixth grade year, these students will choose an arts major that they will follow throughout the rest of their years at Dent.
  • The Learning Collaborative (TLC): TLC serves high-achieving and highly motivated students by immersing them in a rigorous, intellectually stimulating academic environment. The foundation of TLC is the emphasis on higher order thinking skills through the integration of the academic disciplines.
  • TWO Academies: Single Gender Program: Learning in a single-gender environment will reduce the pressures of the middle school years, as well as provide a rich educational opportunity while defining the unique genius of your child. This magnet program boasts a rigorous curriculum, filled with hands-on learning activities.

Offered at Kelly Mill Middle School

  • Kelly Mill, Inc.: With its complex and accelerated but also developmentally appropriate and engaging curriculum this magnet is geared toward honors and advanced students. INC. teachers seek to strengthen students’ abilities to think inventively, solve problems, communicate, research, and create finished products. This magnet has an emphasis on business and economics.

Offered at Longleaf Middle School

  • The School for Zoological and Botanical Studies (ZooBot) at Longleaf Middle: The ZooBot magnet program provides opportunities for students to explore the natural world, develop an appreciation and respect for living things and the environment, and make a difference for future generations.
  • Longleaf Engineering Arts Program (LEAP): Longleaf recognizes the need to prepare students for a rapidly changing world. In response, we have engineered our curriculum to focus thinking on problem solving as our students are immersed in the concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Offered at Muller Road Middle School

  • Leadership Academy @ Muller Road Middle: Leadership Academy @ Muller is an innovative academic program with a strong integration and emphasis on developing and cultivating leaders. As a district magnet program, it provides a rigorous honor-level curriculum based on E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge with an emphasis on school, community, and global leadership skills called Core Competencies.

Offered at Summit Parkway Middle School

  • STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI): The STEM Institute of Design and Innovation (SIDI) is a magnet program focused on science, technology, engineering, and math education for up to 80 students per grade level.
  • Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine: The goal of The Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine is to prepare our students to pursue careers related to the support of healthy lifestyles and to guide students in becoming role models for exemplary health and wellness.

Offered at E.L. Wright Middle School

  • E.L. Wright Middle International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years Programme: E.L. Wright, a middle school of academic excellence, in alliance with parents, businesses and community, seeks to prepare 21st century learners to be successful in a global society through engaging and challenging academic opportunities. IB is a whole-school magnet program.
  • Leadership Academy at Wright (LAW): The Leadership Academy at Wright is an innovative academic program with a strong integration and emphasis on developing and cultivating leaders. It couples the Core Knowledge curriculum with an emphasis on leadership skills. It is a school-within-a-school.
High School Magnet Programs & Centers

Offered at Richland Northeast High School: 

  • Cavplex - Convergence Media: 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.
  • Palmetto Center for the Arts (PCA):The district's Fine Arts magnet, PCA includes dance, music, theatre, 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
  • Horizon: The Horizon magnet program is a rigorous, four-year course of study for the most academically talented students to ensure their success during and after high school.
  • International Baccalaureate ​School for the Middle Years Programme 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. 

Offered at Ridge View High School:

  • Institute for Health Sciences: The Institute for Health Sciences (BioHealth Science or Allied Health Sciences)is designed to provide learning opportunities and real world experiences in mathematics, science, and technology related fields through a rigorous academic program enriched with innovative, collaborative case-based scenarios. It is one of six Project Lead the Way certified Biomedical Sciences Program in South Carolina
  • Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law: The Ridge View Scholars Academy Magnet is an energetic learning community of highly motivated students committed to achieving the goals of a challenging academic curriculum focused on Business and Law.

Offered at Spring Valley High School:

  • Discovery: The Discovery Program is a four-year Honors/AP program designed for students with motivation, interest, aptitude and commitment to academic excellence.
  • Explorations: This four-year College Prep level magnet program is designed for motivated college-bound students who have an interest and aptitude in technology, math and science.

Offered at Westwood High School:

  • Institute of Research Engagement and Design (iRED):The Institute for Research Engagement and Designis a whole-school magnet where students engage in design-based learning and research focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
  • Studio D: 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.
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