February is Magnet School Awareness Month
February is Magnet School Awareness Month
Posted on 02/11/2014

Magnet School Awareness MonthFebruary is National Magnet School Awareness Month! This initiative, led by Magnet Schools of America, celebrates magnet schools and the impact they're having on the lives of students and communities across the country.

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School is one of District 197's four magnet schools. Magnet schools were created in District 197 to provide families with more choices to find the right school for their child. Magnet schools offer the same rigorous curriculum as other schools, but magnet schools integrate specialized themes ("magnet programs") designed to meet the learning interests and strengths of each child. Pilot Knob's magnet theme is to focus on science, technology, engineering and math, with projects related to scientific discovery and problem solving.

Other District 197 magnet schools are:

Garlough Environmental Magnet School (Grades K-4) 
Offers a rigorous environmental studies program emphasizing science, technology and math 

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School (Grades K-4) 
Features an arts-infused curriculum supported by effective practices in health and fitness 

Heritage E-STEM Magnet School (Grades 5-8) 
Provides a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, with projects and field experiences related to the environment

All four magnet schools provide:

  • Academically rigorous classes that meet state standards
  • Group projects and learning experiences
  • Attention to individual student learning needs
  • Up-to-date technology throughout the building
  • A focus on inquiry that teaches students to ask questions that help them learn
  • Bus transportation from any location within the school district in accordance with the district’s busing guidelines.
  • Special education services, however, based on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and level of need, a placement in another district school may be determined.

In honor of National Magnet School Awareness Month, all four magnet schools created videos that showcase their magnet theme through school events and activities.