Magnet schools give students the chance to attend schools that focus on themes or career areas of special interest to the student. More than 50 schools offer over 30 programs ranging from culinary arts and Montessori to computer science and the medical professions. Students can often follow the same magnet theme from elementary to middle and high school. Transportation is provided within established guidelines.
Students who enroll in magnet programs at Darnell-Cookman, James Weldon Johnson, Kirby-Smith, LaVilla School of the Arts, Frank H. Peterson, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, A. Philip Randolph and Stanton College Preparatory must meet specified academic performance standards in order to return from one year to the next. These standards are:
Grade 6-7 Pass all courses
Grade 7-8 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
Grade 9-10 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
Grade 10-11 Maintain an overall unweighted 2.0 grade point average, and pass all courses
In addition, students at LaVilla must earn a "C" or higher in each arts area.