Middle School Magnet Programs
Arnold Magnet Academy Middle School
Math, Science and Technology
Arnold has long been known for its pursuit of excellence. We are recognized throughout the community and state as a leader, an innovator, and a place where students learn and excel in all aspects of education. In recognition of Arnold's exemplary performance the state of Georgia has presented Arnold with over $300,000 in Pay for Performance Awards and its highest honor, the Georgia School of Excellence Award. Arnold Magnet Academy, a math, science, and technology magnet, is continuing the Arnold tradition of excellence. Over a quarter of a million dollars in new technology and the integration of curriculum through math, science and technology provide our students the opportunity to be more than well prepared for any high school program.
East Columbus Magnet Academy Middle School
Gifted and Talented
The East Columbus Magnet Academy for Gifted/Talented is a rigorous program to extend the middle school curriculum. The goal of the magnet is to advance the learning across the curriculum as well as to extend the curriculum beyond the program of the regular student. The SPIRIT of East Columbus stands for Students Progressing In Rigorous Individual Talents. Students can excel in a program that is especially designed to enhance individual talents in developing leaders of tomorrow. Students are provided with extensive use of technology to allow for research, video conferencing, and telecommunication to prepare them for the future.
Fort Middle School Middle School
Service Learning Academy
Fort Middle School has received designation as a Service-Learning Academy. Service-learning is a form of academia that combines meaningful hands-on community service with the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in order to give your child an enriched, interactive, well-rounded learning experience. By engaging in service-learning projects throughout the course of their time at Fort Middle School, it is our goal to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of students in a safe, yet challenging environment. Such experiences provide the student with the opportunity to connect the dots between academic standard and life skills, in addition to exposing them to the realm of social action and community-based service, all in an effort to assist them in becoming confident, disciplined and productive members of society.
Richards Middle School Middle School
International Baccalaureate Programme
The International Baccalaureate Program is a program of advanced study in all core academic areas designed to meet the educational needs of high-ability and high-achieving students. It also includes a full year of foreign language instruction during each year of the program along with enrichment area studies such as music, art, and technology while emphasizing the connectivity of all areas. As the name suggests, the IB program is used in countries around the globe. In the Muscogee County School District, three schools are IB schools: Clubview Elementary, Richards Middle, and Hardaway High. These schools enable a student to enjoy a total IB educational experience while attending elementary and middle schools on the same campus and attending high school a few blocks away. However, students from any elementary school may apply for entry into the Richards IB program, and students leaving Richards will be prepared for any high school’s advanced instruction.
Elementary School Magnet Programs
Britt David Magnet Academy Elementary School
Britt David Magnet Academy has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels for academic excellence. In recognition of Britt David's exemplary performance, we have been acknowledged as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2004, 2012, and 2018. Statewide accolades include 2016 Georgia Platinum Award for High Student Achievement and 2016 Georgia Platinum Award for High Student Growth, 2016 Five-Star Climate Rating, and 2015 Georgia Platinum Award for High Student Achievement. We strive to provide rigorous and engaging STEAM-based learning experiences.
Clubview Elementary School Elementary School
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)
Located in the heart of MidTown, Clubview is proud to be the only MCSD elementary school authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Programme. With a focus on the total growth of the developing child, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) encourages students to be active learners, well-rounded individuals, and engaged world citizens. Clubview educators collaborate to promote high academic growth through lessons encompassing state standards that lead the students to explore the world through six globally significant themes of inquiry. Clubview offers art, music, Spanish, and PE every week to all K-5 students. In addition to the many classroom teachers who hold gifted certification, Clubview is home for two full-time gifted teachers who serve the state identified population on site 3-5 days a week. All teachers plan around themes of inquiry to ensure that all students are involved in a transdisciplinary approach to learning. The annual, school-wide IB exhibition is a celebratory display of evidence of student action which centered around a single area of global concern identified by students and the actions they took to impact change in the community. We maintain high expectations for all students and depend on well-established parent/teacher/student relationships and responsibility for the betterment of each child. Outside the classroom, Clubview students have the opportunity to be involved in many extra-curricular clubs and activities to include the school play, archery, broadcasting, tennis, manners club, book club and many more. Students have opportunities to represent Clubview in various academic competitions throughout the year. As a school rich in tradition and history, Clubview proudly holds many honors and continues to shine as a leader in MCSD and the world of IB! Come explore the world at Clubview!
Dimon Magnet Academy Elementary School
STEM Magnet Academy
Dimon is Muscogee County's only school-wide STEM certified school through the state of Georgia. We believe in PBL (Project-Based Learning) where students develop solutions to problems that are facing our environment through hands-on activities. Magnet students at Dimon receive STEAM instruction along with our STEM program which includes the Arts into STEM. They have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs including art club, robotics club and ballet club and a number of others. We also take part in a number of competitions to include FIRST Lego League, Helen Ruffin Book Bowl, Science Olympiad, and more.
Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy Elementary School
Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy is located in one of the most appealing school sites in Muscogee County School District. The school continues to make commendable academic gains and is known for the climate and culture that fosters positive family and student relationships. The following real-world collaborative practices are developed on all grade levels: problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. Educators at Downtown Magnet are dedicated and committed to “bringing out the very best in every student”. Downtown Elementary Magnet School is the school of choice. Students work collaboratively and diversity is a welcomed asset to the learning environment. We are honored to have strong community Partners in Education (PIE partners). These partners are Total Systems (TSYS), Kiwanis Club, and the River Center.
Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy Elementary School
Program for Gifted and High Achieving Students
Hannan Magnet Academy is committed to providing educational experiences that will inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. Hannan is a HOME where all of our students grow and learn. The Hannan Magnet Program is a full time program within our school which seeks to serve gifted students as well as those identified as high academic achievers. In addition, we are STEM program certified and offer Spanish two days a week for our Magnet students.
Reese Road Leadership Academy Elementary School
The Leader in Me
The curriculum for Reese Road Leadership Academy will incorporate the Georgia Standards of Excellence and a leadership component. The leadership component will follow the Franklin Covey’s The Leader in Me curriculum. The Leader in Me teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy Elementary School
Video and Technology
The focus will be communications with using video and technology
Wynnton Arts Academy Elementary School
Fine Arts Integration
Get Creative @ Wynnton Arts Academy! Wynnton Arts Academy is a Fine Arts Magnet School featuring an innovative program in which content and standards from the fine arts are integrated with core subject curriculum standards. Experiences with artful, visible thinking strategies enable our students to explore and understand the world in new ways. Students participate in drama, dance, music, and visual arts instruction each week with additional specialty class, extended day, and performance opportunities. Arts integration raises student achievement and increases engagement and motivation while cultivating multiple intelligences. The arts promote self-discipline, creativity, and the confidence to succeed. Academic excellence in a learning environment of mutual respect accomplished through the arts ~ The Dramatic Difference!
High School Magnet Programs
Columbus High School High School
Liberal Arts Magnet
The Columbus High School Liberal Arts College Preparatory Magnet offers a student the opportunity to pursue a strong college preparatory program through an interdisciplinary, integrated curriculum. Based on an innovative liberal arts model, a student is afforded the opportunity to receive intensive academic instruction in all academic areas. The curriculum is designed for the student who is willing to work. Each student is evaluated and encouraged to take courses that will stretch his ability to his highest level. The classes are coordinated to challenge each student and to teach him time management strategies as well as study skills. In addition to the rigorous academic curriculum, the student is encouraged to develop leadership through extracurricular activities; physical fitness through athletic participation; community and cultural awareness through field trips and community service; and social skills through participating in planned social activities. The liberal arts graduate is a well-rounded young adult ready to excel in college. All Liberal Arts College Preparatory Magnet students entering the program as 9th graders must earn a total of 28 Carnegie units. Students are required to take one course each year in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. All students are required to complete and pass AP World History AND at least one additional Advanced Placement course, during their four years, in order to graduate from the Columbus High Liberal Arts College Preparatory Magnet.
George Washington Carver High School High School
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
The Carver High School Integrated Math/Science/Technology Magnet Program is a rigorous college preparatory program for students with an interest in the areas of math, science, and/or technology. The goal of this program is to provide a strong, hands-on, individualized curriculum. This curriculum prepares students to be successful in mastering the challenges that they will meet in the future. The students are provided with state-of-the-art technology, which enhances their academic achievement. This advanced equipment includes computers, graphing calculators, CBL's, laptop computers, etc. Carver Magnet students are extremely successful in their post-secondary endeavors, including university, military, and professional careers.
Hardaway High Magnet High School
International Baccalaureate Programme
The Hardaway International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. It currently exists in 101 countries around the globe, and just over 1,000 schools worldwide. It may be offered only at IB-approved schools. The IB curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, an exposure to a variety of viewpoints, and inter-cultural understanding among young people. The program offers courses such as: IB World Literature, IB 20th Century World History, IB Biology, Discrete Topics, and courses offered ONLY in IB Schools - Theory of Knowledge and Personal & Professional Skills.
Jordan Vocational High School College and Career Academy High School
College and Career Academy
The College and Career Academy extends the concept to all students at the JVHS CCA. Students become a member of a small learning community upon entering the Freshman Academy as a ninth grader. The freshman students will expand their learning capacities while exploring 17 different career paths. The students continue their career pathway as a sophomore by entering either the "School of Industrial and Engineering Systems"or the "School of Technology and Human Services". The completion of the career pathway can result with an industry credential recognized nationally. The students can apply and experience Dual Enrollment (Columbus Technical College and Columbus State University) or Internships and Apprenticeships as a junior and senior. The students graduate with with real world experience and opportunities for post secondary participation depending on the student's interest.
Kendrick High School High School
Academy of Communication Arts and Design
In the Academy of Communication Arts and Design, students will gain fundamental workplace skills, technical application skills, and interpersonal skills necessary to enter and succeed in diverse careers associated with the graphic/print communications industry. Academy students will learn about artistic expression, computer operations, graphics and imagery software applications, machinery operation, desktop publishing, photography, camera equipment/digital electronic printing, image assembly, offset processes, print journalism, teamwork, problem solving, and communications skills necessary in today’s modern graphic/printing communications facilities. Students in the academy will also investigate career options through internships and work-based learning. Students will gain experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development through participation in SkillsUSA.
Northside High School High School
Engineering and Biomedical Science
The Northside Biomedical Science and Engineering Magnet program partners with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to provide a rigorous and innovative curricular education. The hands-on, project based engineering and biomedical science courses engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. The PLTW curriculum is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education, but at the same time integrates national academic standards to create a model for 21st century learning. The Biomedical Science program allows students to explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. The Engineering program applies science, math, technology, and engineering to encourage problem solving complex, open ended problems in a real world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not just getting the “right”answer.
William Henry Shaw High School High School
Mass Communication Academy
The mission of the Shaw High School Mass Communications Academy is to develop in young people the critical skills necessary to succeed in the world of mass communications and mass media through extensive coursework in journalism, video production, digital design, and print media with an emphasis on students continuing to post-secondary education/training. Expanded course offerings will include video production, writing for media, announcing, graphics production, news reporting, media law, business advertising, speech/forensics, and internships with media related businesses. The MCA curricular vision includes attractive opportunities for students in every subject area designed to enhance student skills in written, verbal, and broadcast communications.
William Henry Spencer High School High School
The Academy for Computer Science and Game Design
The Academy of Computer Science and Electronic Game Design is a combination of Advanced Placement and computer science courses dedicated to attracting and retaining diverse learners who seek to gain college and real world experiences while completing their high school requirements. Students and parents will agree to devote their high school career to pursuing rigorous academic classes and a computer science pathway that will result in students graduating with options to continue to postsecondary education and/or begin a career within the technology industry.
Secondary School Magnet Programs
Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts Secondary School
Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts is the newest addition to the Muscogee County School District. Nestled in Midtown Columbus, Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts is a school for the visual and performing arts that currently serves students in grades 6-11. Twelfth grade will be added during the 2019-2020 academic year. Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts provides students an opportunity to experience a college preparatory program that features rigorous advanced honors courses and arts programs for grade levels 6 – 12 respectively. Our magnet programs include: Band, Choir, Orchestra, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Classical Piano, Classical Guitar, and Creative Writing. Students who are enrolled in the middle grades program (grades 6-8) enter on an arts exploratory basis. These students will select an arts focus area while participating in other arts area electives in addition to their core courses providing a well-rounded experience in the arts. Admission to the high school program (grades 9-12) is based on an audition performance, interview, and academic criteria to acquire a diverse perspective on the candidate’s fit for the magnet program at Rainey-McCullers School of the Arts. When accepted to the magnet program, each high school student will declare an arts area major.