District Five to hold Magnet Fairs to showcase offerings

Lexington-Richland School District Five will hold the first of two district Magnet Fairs on Thursday, November 11, 2021 giving families in the district an opportunity to explore offerings at several of its schools.

The in-person event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Irmo High School. It will feature a wide variety of programs, including the newest magnets that are being implemented through a $13.7 million federal Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant the district was awarded in September 2017. It will also include information on the Escolares Academic pathway from elementary to high school. Each of the district’s magnet schools/programs will have booths to showcase what their program has to offer. A second Magnet Fair will be held on January 6, 2022, at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies. The Magnet Fairs may shift to virtual events if COVID-19 numbers rise.

School District Five Magnet director Sara Wheeler said, “School District Five is following district protocols to provide a safe in-person event for the Magnet Fairs. We are prepared to pivot and offer a virtual event if the need arises. The district has long placed a priority on growing academic programs through the magnet and other choice offerings. It’s important to provide our families with top-quality choices that help make students successful in school and in future careers. The magnet fairs are a part of our effort to make families in the district aware of opportunities we have available.”

During the event, participants will be able to learn about each of our magnet schools and programs and talk with representatives from each school.

The district’s magnet programs include: Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences, Escolares Academy at Harbison West Elementary School, H. E. Corley Elementary School Montessori Magnet and Leadership Magnet, Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet, Nursery Road Elementary School Arts Magnet, Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet, Irmo Middle International Academic Magnet and I AM Escorales Magnet Program, Dutch Fork High School STEM Magnet Program, Irmo High School International School for the Arts, International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-related Programmes at Irmo High School, and the new This Is Escolares Academic Magnet Program, Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet.

Information on these schools can be found by going to www.lexrich5.org/choice.