Magnet Schools - About
Magnet schools offer specialized curricular themes that allow students to discover the scientist within them; learn through their passion for the arts; explore or begin a career in health science; and expand their horizons through an internationally recognized global education. Magnet schools also provide opportunities to integrate our learning environments.
Magnet schools are open to students living in any of the eight member districts of the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. Transportation is available to eligible students, in accordance with district guidelines.
Magnet school themes
Four magnet school themes are available:
Visual and Performing Arts
Our arts magnet, Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, provides a strong academic core with opportunities for students to create at many levels. Teaching through the arts helps students experience concepts rather than merely discussing or reading about them. The study of the arts has been linked to students’ increased critical and creative thinking skills, self-esteem, willingness to take risks and ability to work with others.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School provides an environment where students, teachers and families find the scientists in themselves through simulation, exploration, and discovery. Weaver Lake students use advanced technologies to make observations, draw conclusions, and report results. Weaver Lake staff works with the Science Museum of Minnesota to offer quality instruction. According to a federal magnet school evaluator, “[Weaver Lake] students are being exposed to exceptional projects that are challenging and enlightening. They are getting great preparation in both math and science.”
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
Brooklyn Junior High
offers a STEAM model (STEM plus Arts) to all 7th and 8th graders, and will expand to 9th grade in 2014-2015. The program provides a junior high path for students in both of our district’s elementary magnet schools (Arts and STEM).
Key features of the STEAM program at Brooklyn Junior:
- All 7th grade students have a full year of science, which is one trimester more than other non-IB junior highs in the district;
- Students have more opportunities for arts or engineering coursework;
- Students are able to take up to two years of a foreign language (French or Spanish);
- More students can participate in high-demand STEAM coursework;
- 9th grade students have the opportunity to enroll in an ALP English/social studies class, allowing them to take an additional elective;
- 9th graders who take zero hour AP Human Geography and the ALP English/social studies class will be able to move on to high school with 24 credits, instead of the usual 18 credits
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, health care is projected to be the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States. By enrolling in the Health Science Magnet Program at Osseo Senior High, students can explore or advance their education and training to prepare for successful health care careers. Students can apply their learning in community settings by participating in the Opportunities in Emergency Care program or by earning nursing assistant clinical hours in local health care facilities. Outstanding course offerings combine rigor and relevance and allow students to demonstrate achievement in academic and technical knowledge, skills and abilities. Elective classes in Emergency Medical Responder, Nursing Assistant and Pharmacy Technician provide the opportunity for students to earn industry certification and college credit. Additional class options include Exploring Health Careers, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Bioethics.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Osseo Area Schools hosts two International Baccalaureate programs:
International Baccalaureate schools infuse a core curriculum with a world focus that helps young people understand their role as responsible world citizens. Emphasis is on changing technology, world languages, and cultures. Students are encouraged to inquire, think, communicate, take risks, achieve, be principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced and reflective. The International Baccalaureate program has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.
Who can attend? How can I apply?
Enrollment in the magnet schools is open to all students living within the eight-member school districts of Osseo, Anoka-Hennepin, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo, Elk River, Fridley, Mounds View, and Rockford.
Neighborhoods are redefined when we talk about magnet schools. A magnet school neighborhood includes students from other communities who have the same interests. What you will learn and how you will learn it frames the neighborhood in which you choose to learn and grow. It may be filled with future artists or dancers, scientists or technicians, diplomats or Rhodes Scholars.
There are no academic or other criteria for student selection. All students who apply will be placed if there are seats available. A lottery will determine placement if more students apply than seats available.
For more information about enrolling in a magnet school, visit our Enrollment Center Web site; call 763-585-7350; or visit the Northwest Suburban Integration School District.
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