Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Lexington-Richland School District Five is receiving a major grant.
Over $10 million in federal funding is being awarded to the district's magnet program over a three-year period. The following schools will receive the funding: Dutch Fork Elementary School, Seven Oaks Elementary School, Irmo Middle School, Irmo High School and Spring Hill High School.
According to the district, each of the school's magnet programs will have a theme.
- Dutch Fork Elementary Academy for Environmental Science will use the rich local environment and school campus to study core subjects through the lens of earth, water, and space. DFES students will have opportunities to be guided in their learning by scientists, teachers, naturalists, historians, artists and musicians.
- Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet will foster a range of content and digital literacies among students through a MEDIA (Mass Communication. Engagement. Digital Media. Interactive Learning. Academics) theme that offers activities, centered in "real-world" project-based and collaborative learning approaches in classrooms and at "work" in the TV/Radio Studios.
- The International Academic Magnet at Irmo Middle School (IAM) will offer students opportunities to develop competencies in leadership, communication, fine arts, and entrepreneurship within the international community. IAM students will collaborate, share opinions, and research with students in classrooms across the nation and around the globe. IAM will establish partnerships with local and state corporations and entrepreneurs to provide students with authentic examples of global citizenship.
- Irmo International High School for the Arts will offer a rigorous, standards-based curriculum that challenges students intellectually and creatively through arts-infused learning embedded in a global approach. Teachers will deliver much of the curriculum within their content areas, including concepts, issues, and themes, through the lens of global world-wide Visual and Performing Arts.
- Spring Hill High School offers five magnet academies: Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Entertainment, Environmental Studies, and Exercise Science. Students will pursue a program of study with rigorous standards-based instruction in all content areas and school-specific course requirements, supported by job shadowing, internship, and summer work experiences. All students will participate in cross-academy projects that will enable them to apply what they are learning.
Spring Hill opened as an all-magnet school this year. The other programs will launch next year.
District Five is one of just 27 districts across the country being awarded the grant by the U.S. Department of Education.
Richland District 2 has also received funding from the program.