A "specialty" school tagged onto a normal public school
to allow gifted
students to concentrate their studies in a particular area, as well as in a positive atmosphere
with like-minded teens.
Magnet schools seem to exist at every grade
I believe the term "magnet
" school comes from the school being attached to a normal school. This allows small(~100 student) magnet programs to exist by utilizing the normal high school's elective classes. Magnet school kids
only differ from the regular kids in their main courses
, Social Studies
). They go to gym
, comp sci
, etc. alongside kids from the regular school they're part of.
attract students from an entire county
here in the U.S. I have a 20-minute drive to my school despite the fact that another high school
is within walking distance
of my house. Some of my classmates
live up to an hour from school.
One problem this causes is how do you get kids from all over the county to and from school each day? We have significantly fewer bus stops across the county, many of them located at other high schools or libraries. My school may be a 20-minute drive, but the bus took around 45 minutes to get the four or five stops in my area.
What if you have an after school class
, or other extra-curricular activity
? To make that possible the magnet school buses don't leave until 4:30, two and a half hours after school actually lets out. A huge percentage drive or get rides because of this.
I have to say I enjoyed hanging out at the library after school, or playing M:TG
in the commons with the other losers. But it obviously gets annoying at times.
While the math and science magnet school
I attended had suspiciously few geeks
, the students in the program were all nerdy
enough that there was absolutely no (serious) teasing
or singling out
within the magnet school
. Everyone was nice to everyone, even to the losers
Its amazing how much faster classes go when the students are actually interested in learning
We have no class rank
. When you're being compared to the county's top 100 students "top 5%" means a lot more, and "bottom 20%" could still place you in the top 20% of the parent school.
As for feelings between us Math/Sci magnet school
kids and the regular kids at our "parent" school Clover Hill
Everyone gets along just fine. Like I said we have suprisingly few geeks
and uber geek
s in our magnet school
; Its hard for the "normal" kids to make fun of math/sci
when several of their friends are in the program. There is a lot of gentle ribbing
among friends, but no serious issues.