Introduction to the Magnet School Concept (Written in 2010)
At its April 2010
meeting, the District Five School Board approved the implementation of a magnet
program at Abner Creek Elementary School. We will build our magnet
program with a focus on Communication and Leadership through the Arts. We
look forward to this exciting opportunity to begin our transition to Abner
What is a magnet
A magnet school has a
specialized focus. This focus often attracts students to the school from
outside the school's normal attendance area.
Who will attend the
All students zoned for Abner
Creek Academy can attend simply by registering as normal.A limited number of students outside our
attendance area who are interested in the program will also be accepted through
the District Five Limited School Choice policy. ALL STUDENTS in the
school will have opportunities to participate in specialized instruction.
When will the
magnet school concept begin?
Abner Creek Academy will
open for the 2010-2011 school year on August 16, 2010.
What is the
Parents of District Five
students who wish to enroll their child(ren) in the Academy should fill out the
D5 School Choice Application found here.
If my child already
attends Abner Creek, do I need to apply to the Academy?
No. If your child
is currently a student, you do not need to do anything further.
Is there a deadline
for the application to Abner Creek Academy?
At this time, there is
not a deadline.
How will the magnet
concept affect my child's instruction in the core content areas?
Abner Creek Academy will
continue its tradition of quality instruction in the core subject areas of
reading, math, science and social studies, using the South Carolina curriculum
standards as a guide.
will growth in enrollment impact class size?
Class sizes will not increase
above normal district averages.
communication and leadership chosen?
We believe that the
development of effective communication and leadership skills will help children
become successful individuals.Through
the process of exploring possible magnet programs, our teams concluded that
these were common threads in the programs that we felt were best suited for our
students and our community.We look
forward to a three-year plan of implementation that will include infusing
advanced speaking, writing, multimedia, and arts experiences into the
curriculum while teaching leadership skills.
will my child have as a student at Abner Creek Academy?
Over the next three years,
our goal is to add the following:
Multi-media classes for grades
2 - 4 with introductory activities for K5 and first-grade students
Literary Arts classes for
grades 2 - 4 with introductory activities for K5 and first-grade students
Project-based art classes for
Creative movement infused into
Artists-in-Residence visits in
all related arts classes
Community-wide exhibitions each
Keyboarding added to music
such as participating in a traveling honors chorus, a debate team, drama
productions, and after-school classes
Partnerships with local
welcome additional questions and/or suggestions from you!You may contact us at 864-949-2334.