Magnet Schools & Programs of Choice
The Hall County School District has been featured in both the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine as an example of a school system where innovation in programming and technology is being used to emphasize students’ individual strengths and interests, and, consequently, to increase the number of students engaged in rigorous coursework.
Students are assigned to schools based on their residential addresses, and all schools have a variety of excellent programming options to meet students’ needs. However, it is our belief that students are most successful when they are involved in programs that engage and motivate them, that capitalize on their unique talents and interests.
Hall County Schools offers a school choice program that makes a highly personalized education available to all students. Currently, the system offers many magnet schools and programs of choice to bring innovative curricula to students in a more concerted effort to meet their individual needs.
Students may apply to a school with a certain focus or to a school with a unique program that matches their individual interests, aptitudes, and goals. Except for Howard E. Ivester Early College, Lanier College Career Academy, and World Language Academy (in some instances), parents of students who live outside the school’s attendance zone must provide transportation.
Magnet Schools Listing
Like Charter Schools, Magnet School concepts were developed through a thoughtful, comprehensive planning process during which parents, teachers and administrators “dreamed a school.”
After reaching consensus on innovative or unique educational options for all students, these schools gained approval from the Hall County Board of Education to use a focused, school-wide approach for increased engagement and achievement.
If families are interested in their children attending a Magnet School to which they are not zoned, they may submit an application to the school.
Chestatee Academy utilizes Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model to provide gifted pedagogy to all students within our school. Chestatee takes students where they are, gives all their talents a chance to shine, and helps them choose a path to their best future through our SOAR Pathfinder Academies.
At Chestatee Academy, students can choose from over 40 different academies that cover a wide range of interests from robotics and website design to crime scene investigation, soccer, baking, and jazz band.
For 1 hour, twice a week, students get to explore their passions and create products to share with our community. Students are able to complete a pathway in STEM, Arts & Culture, or Health & Wellness.
For more information: cms.hallco.org or 770-297-6270
Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry (CSI) is for students in grade K-5 who enjoy discovery and creativity. The program is designed to engage students in 21st Century learning as they question, research, discover and create. Curriculum standards are taught through inquiry-based, thematic units.
Teachers guide students to create questions based on their interest in the unit. Students research, discover answers to their questions, and present what they have learned to real audiences through creative products such as multi-media presentations, interactive displays, or through the use of Web 2.0 tools. Technology is integrated into instruction, research and student productivity. For more information: cmcsi.hallco.org or 770-967-3121
Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science provides a challenging academic learning environment for students in grades K-5. Instruction is inquiry based, and TNT (Talent & Thinking) classes reinforce the hands-on approach with interest-based activities that focus on state and national standards in math and science.
The curriculum at MTA is rich in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math content areas with a focus on collaboration, problem solving, and rigor. MTA is currently on a rigorous path to obtain State STEM Certification. Martin teachers and students utilize cutting edge technology, e.g., tablets and cloud computing for instruction in all content areas.
For more information: mta.hallco.org or 770-965-1578
McEver Arts Academy is an arts integration model charter school that uses dance, music, movement, drama and visual arts to engage students in authentic learning of the state curriculum standards and the National Standards for the Arts.
Arts-based instructional strategies, integrated units of study and specialty classes in individual areas of interest develop students’ capacities for creativity, inquiry, reflective thinking, self-esteem and love of learning. For more information: mcever.hallco.org or 770-534-7473
The Mount Vernon Exploratory School offers students extensive opportunities to build authentic learning experiences through project-based learning, best practice instruction and cutting-edge technology tools.
Academic subjects are presented in an interdisciplinary manner to promote continuity and to allow students to see how ideas are connected.
Curriculum standards are taught using a hands-on project approach that engages students and promotes deep understanding. Projects have either a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) or Humanities focus. The school focuses on the 3 C’s for future college and career success: Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking.
For more information: mves.hallco.org or 770-983-1759
Sardis Enrichment School uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to develop students’ talents, provide a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences and advanced learning in children’s areas of interest.
Students participate in general exploratory activities that are authentic and interest-based, enrichment activities and in-depth learning opportunities to pursue self-directed projects.
For more information: ses.hallco.org or 770-532-0104
Spout Springs School Of Enrichment uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to develop students’ talents, provide a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences and advanced learning in children’s areas of interest.
Students participate in general exploratory activities that are authentic and interest-based, enrichment activities and in-depth learning opportunities to pursue self-directed projects.
For more information: ssse.hallco.org or 770-967-4860
Sugar Hill Academy uses the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to promote talent development and career awareness through student interests.
Sugar Hill provides enrichment groups, clubs, and activities to support grade level career pathway standards. Students develop interest in fields relating to STEM, Reader’s Theater, music, art, and service learning.
For more information contact: email@example.com or (770) 503-1749.
Tadmore Elementary School of Communication allows students the opportunity to develop a variety of communication skills through speaking, writing, art, music, movement, and digital formats. At Tadmore, communication is the foundation through which all of the standards are taught in an intentional, integrated format which allows students to practice and develop listening and speaking skills which will serve them throughout their academic and professional careers.
Specifically, students will get valuable guidance, practice, and confidence in speaking and presenting to individuals, groups, school-wide, and to the community as appropriate to their age. Social and professional communication is taught with intentional focus which will help our students reach their fullest potential and find and develop their voice.
For more information, visit http://tes.hallco.org/ or call 770-536-9929.
Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy bases its unique programming options on Howard Gardner’s research on multiple intelligences.
Students gain a deeper understanding of the state curriculum through instructional strategies that relate to their dominant ways of thinking and learning and choice classes based on individual interests.
For more information: http://wmmia.hallco.org/web/ or 770-983-322
World Language Academy is a PreK- Grade 8 dual-language immersion school in which students receive half their instruction in English and half in Spanish. Additionally, WLA students take classes in Mandarin Chinese as part of their rigorous coursework and inquiry-based learning experience.
The WLA curriculum emphasizes the study of language, culture and respect for an international community.
For more information: wla.hallco.org or 770-967-5856
Competitive Programs of Choice
Any Hall County School District student may apply to a Program of Choice in his or her area of interest, regardless of home school assignment. Students are selected to participate in Programs of Choice through a competitive application process during which they are evaluated for the match between strengths and interests and the program goals, specialized content and instructional approaches.
Parents of selected students who live outside the school’s attendance zone must provide transportation. For applications and information about the selection process, please see the school’s webpage.
Elementary School Programs of Choice
The Advanced Scholars Academy (ASA) at Riverbend Elementary is an innovative program of choice, appropriate for self-motivated, passionate students who are ready for rigorous, personalized learning experiences. ASA provides instruction that challenges advanced students.
ASA teachers design customized schedules and instruction to meet the unique needs of each student, including flexible part-time enrollment for a limited number of home-schooled students. Character development is practiced daily, and all students take part in community service.
Participants are selected based on evidence of their achievement, motivation to excel, creativity, curiosity and maturity to work well independently and in small group settings.
Friendship Elementary School Friendship Elementary School offers the Advanced Scholars program (ASP). This program is designed for advanced students and provides a rigorous environment that promotes problem solving, cooperation, inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity. The ASP program also includes project based learning that incorporates both 21st Century Skills and Georgia Performance Standards.
Enrollment is based on a set of eligibility requirements to ensure that the students can be as successful as possible. ASP classes are available in grades 1-5 and students apply each year in order to continue in the program.
At White Sulphur Elementary School, Kindergarten students have the option to enroll in the Dual Language Spanish Immersion Path Program of Choice. The Dual Language Program of Choice will help grow bilingual and culturally diverse students in the East Hall community. It will help cultivate native Spanish speakers who are new to the English Language and support Hall County School District’s goal to develop bilingual students.
In this Program of Choice, students receive half of their instruction in Spanish and half of their instruction in English each day. The Dual Language Path at WSES is a cohort group that begins in Kindergarten. The program will expand each year, so students will have six years of Spanish immersion instruction before reaching middle school.
This Program of Choice is open to White Sulphur students as well as students outside the WSES school zone (tuition applies for students outside of Hall County- visit hallco.org for more information).
Visit our website wses.hallco.org or call 770-532-0945 to learn more about the Dual Language Spanish Immersion Path Program of Choice at White Sulphur Elementary School.
Middle School Programs of Choice
Da Vinci Academy at South Hall Middle School is a program designed for students who have a passion for learning, primarily focused in the arts, sciences and technology. Students who are curious, who are original thinkers and who are open to discovering their gifts in a creative educational setting are prime candidates for this program. Intrinsic motivation, creativity and self-discipline are characteristics that DVA students should possess.
DVA provides a technology-rich learning environment that features a project-based cooperative learning integrated curriculum. The Museum of Inspired Learning offers opportunities for students to research and create collaborative exhibits in a museum setting. DVA teachers are carefully selected for their creativity, content expertise, and ability to teach in an integrated fashion; in addition to their DVA classes with multi-talented teachers, students also work with community experts in their fields of study.
Selection is based on evidence from students’ applications, teacher recommendations, and school transcripts of (a) intrinsic motivation to excel; (b) interest and advanced ability in the arts, sciences and/or technology; (c) creativity; and (d) ability to work well independently and in small group settings.
For more information: dva.hallco.org or 770-533-4004
The Earhart-Edison Academy (E2) is the Hall County middle school program of choice where students explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a rich, interdisciplinary context. Students are immersed in an environment of STEM exploration that emphasizes service-learning, career exploration and leadership development.
How is this program different than traditional middle schools?
- STEM: Real-life STEM experiences in technology, product development, research, and authentic applications through various speakers, on-line platforms, contests, and field trips.
- Rigor: High school credit for Honors Earth Systems in the 6th grade and Advanced Math for all E2 students. E2 students will earn at least two high school science credits and one high school math credit before entering high school.
- Technology: All 6th grade students experience a Technology Connections course and use laptops not only for their STEM classes, but also for collaborative, student choice learning experiences.
For more information, go to http://nhms.hallco.org/web/earhart-edison-acad/ ;
E2 Coordinator Kimberley Nash: Kimberley.Nash@hallco.org or call: 770-983-9749
High School Programs of Choice
ATLAS: Leadership, Scholarship, and Compassion
ATLAS offers a well-rounded curriculum of advanced educational opportunities for 9th and 10th grade students ready for academic rigor, leadership opportunities and enrichment experiences. Learning experiences are integrated to build inquiring, compassionate, and life-long learners.
While courses are designed to prepare students for the transition into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, participants are well-prepared for Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and/or Honors courses for their junior and senior years.
Candidates are selected based on demonstrated achievement, motivation to excel, collaboration and leadership abilities, and service within the community.
Pre-requisites for rising freshmen: 9th Lit, Coordinate Algebra, Physical Science (preferred), Spanish 1 (preferred)
The North Hall High School STEM Academy provides an engaging, student centered, integrated, and rigorous STEM curriculum through innovative instructional methods. It is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program dedicated to the STEM education and curriculum of select students within the school. STEM Academy students will have advanced educational opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, using hands-on, interactive technology and real-world experiences.
Students will work with faculty, industry, and college advisors to design their own independent and group-based investigations, conduct research projects and present their findings publicly. Students from any Hall County middle school may apply to this 4-year program. As upperclassmen, students can continue in STEM through the IB Diploma path or the AP/Honors path.
For additional information: http://nhhs.hallco.org/web/ or 770-983-7331.
Contact STEM Coordinator Deana Harper at Deana.Harper@hallco.org
The Howard E. Ivester Early College is an innovative way for high school students to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits. Students may take college-level core academic classes such as Economics; English 1101 and 1102; Math 1111 and Math 1113; Music Appreciation; Speech 1101; Political Science 1101 (Gov); Psychology 1101; and US History 2112; students may also earn technical college certification in Animation and Game Design; Criminal Justice; Childcare Specialist; Design and Media Production; Firefighter; Health Information Technology; and Nurse Aid (CNA). The Hall County School District partners with Brenau University, Lanier Technical College (LTC) and the University of North Georgia (UNG) to provide unique access to Georgia’s Dual Enrollment (previously MOWR) program on our Dual Enrollment Jones campus.
Note: Students completing any core academic curriculum course will receive full credit for that course when transferring to another University System of Georgia Institution (See Articulation Document).
The credit also becomes part of the student’s high school transcript: 5.0 scale for core academic classes and 4.5 honors scale for certification programs. The Howard E. Ivester Early College began in fall 2016, and Brenau, LTC and UNG professors teach dual enrollment courses on the partnering Hall County’s Howard E. Ivester Early College @ Jones campus. Unique to this program is that:
-Aall students have access to academic support that includes tutoring, career guidance, and personalized planning to meet college and career goals.
-Low Student/Professor Ratio
-Students w/ Like Peers in classes
-Laptops and Transportation from/to high schools provided
-Aligns with Hall Co School Schedule
-DE covers all tuition, books and mandatory fees
-Caring Professors that provide the same rigor!
Students have the opportunity to take Brenau/LTC/UNG courses each semester at Jones that count for high school and college credit. If qualified based on applicable test scores and Core Academic GPA, students may take Brenau, LTC and UNG courses or a combination if desired and as available. Students are also free to take classes at their high school campus or participate in Work Based Learning / Honors Mentorship.
DE funds cover all tuition, textbooks, and mandatory fees for each course. Some courses (labs) may require purchase of course supplies. In order to ensure that every student has access to required technology, Hall County Schools issues a Chromebook or a Laptop to students as needed for the semesters enrolled in Early College.
Dean of Students: Mrs. Michele Hood – Michele.firstname.lastname@example.org, Claudia Goss, or Meg Jett
For more information, visit: http://www.earlycollegehallco.org/
The EPiCC Academy at East Hall High School provides students with engaging, creative and collaborative learning experiences that transcend the boundaries of a brick-and-mortar classroom.
By providing a vast array of educational environments that range from interactive, whole-class instruction to digital learning to project-based knowledge, students’ learning styles, talents & interests are always an integral part of the educational equation.
Learning at EPiCC Academy is blended (instruction ranging from whole class to online), flexible (schedules based on students’ needs), differentiated (tasks rooted in students’ readiness & choices), asynchronous (understanding acquired at different times & levels), creative (mastery of standards demonstrated in authentic ways), collaborative (knowledge derived from teamwork) & authentic.
For additional information: 770-536-9921.
Contact EPiCC Coordinator Michelle Fair at Michelle.Fair@hallco.org
The Honors Mentorship Program (HMP) is a district-wide program for high-achieving, intellectually gifted, and/or artistically talented 11th and 12th grade students who desire a challenging, enriching, career internship experience. The goal of HMP is to allow highly motivated students to participate in opportunities that intrigue and challenge them.
Students customize a learning experience around a career mentorship for which they have a passion, as the program removes the learning ceiling and launches students into the learning experience of their future. Students thrive in a blended learning environment and participate in college-level and enrichment activities that are not generally found in a high school curriculum, as well as authentic intellectual work ranging from independent research projects to professional career experiences.
Each selected participant is matched with a professional who serves as his/her mentor by providing a real-life career experience along with the latest information and technology in the field. This schedule is flexible and both the student and mentor determine the weekly meeting times. Other requirements include a presentation of a culminating capstone research project to a panel of community professionals and participating in team-building activities with HMP students from across the district. Rising 11th and 12th graders apply in spring for the following year.
Designed to prepare students for success at the university level, the IB Diploma Program is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the most rigorous programs available to high school students.
IB full diploma students take six college-level classes during their junior and senior years, participate in the Theory of Knowledge course, complete an independent research paper on a topic of the student’s choice, and carry out community service related to causes about which they are passionate. Students also have the opportunity to earn IB credits by taking fewer than six courses.
The IB Diploma Program offers students an opportunity to stand out among their peers in the university admissions process. WHHS offers the IB Bilingual Diploma Program for students who have been raised in a bilingual environment and have had substantial experience in reading and writing in both languages.
WHHS also offers the IB Career-related Program, which combines career pathway completion with the IB educational experience. Like the IB Diploma program, IBCP is open to highly motivated, academically focused students who meet selective admissions criteria.
Any rising Hall County 11th grader is invited to complete an IB application for the program at the school of his or her choice.
The Innovation Institute (i2) is a program that uses an integrated, project-based curriculum to deliver high school curriculum creatively. In the 9th grade, students participate in 2 cohort i2 classes: Honors World History and Honors Biology. In the 10th grade, students participate in 2 cohort i2 classes: Honors Chemistry and AP Government. Tenth grade year will focus on AP curriculum coursework.
It currently follows a project/inquiry based learning model. Students are placed in as many Honors courses as their schedule allows. Sophomores are required to take two AP courses in the tenth grade. They may take others if approved by teacher and coordinator.
Students also enroll in Honors Math, Honors Literature, and two years of Foreign Language. A customized program of study emphasizes an in-depth learning in areas of interest which prepares participants for success in our IB Programs, as well as AP courses, Dual Enrollment, and Honors Mentorship Program.
Students use an imaginative approach to propose, design, develop, and produce a culminating project (Capstone) in a particular area of study at during their freshman year.
For additional information: http://whhs.hallco.org/web/i2-the-innovation-institute/ or 770-967-9826.
Contact i2 Coordinator Leigh Ann Nicolella at email@example.com
Contact IB/IBCP/AP Coordinator Anna Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Johnson International Scholars Academy (JISA) is a Program of Choice within Johnson High School that includes rigorous coursework and thematic focus asking students to build community and think globally. The JISA curriculum is an academically rigorous program stressing advanced studies in the four core academics, a second language, and a program elective. Developing an awareness of the world’s diversity and the individual’s role in society is a central focus of this program.
The Academy ensures completion of state-required courses while preparing students for their path as upperclassmen: IB Diploma Programme, AP Courses, or Dual Enrollment. JISA is for students who are serious about an academic curriculum that prepares them for success in competitive universities and the challenges of our global economy.
For additional information: 770-536-2394.
Contact JISA/IB Coordinator Holly Wilson at Holly.Wilson@hallco.org
Lanier College Career Academy (LCCA) is an innovative school that provides career pathways and post-secondary education opportunities to students from all the high schools in Hall County who are interested in careers in the hospitality, culinary arts, marketing, and cosmetology industries.
LCCA provides students the opportunity to learn in a real work environment, helping to manage and run one of six businesses: Corner Cafe coffee shop, Get Gifted gift shop, Bistro at the Oaks fine dining restaurant, Meeting & Events conference center, Reflections Salon and Spa, and Design 360 personalized promotions lab.
For more information: theoaks.hallco.org or 770-532-3161
Contact Carol Summer: Carol.Summer@hallco.org
The mission of our LEGACY Program of Choice is to empower students with opportunities to serve their community while building a foundation of character and integrity into each of our students to stand on as they develop their leadership skills and impact their community, country and world.
Our 4yr intentional program is designed to develop service leadership from a local level to an international level, and we are excited to partner with ADDO to provide our students a unique 4yr experience into leadership development.
Please go to cbhs.hallco.org for more information or contact Lauren Howell at email@example.com
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The Renaissance Academy of Creative Enterprises (R.A.C.E.) engages the natural talents of individuals by incorporating interdisciplinary curriculum, real-world problem-solving opportunities, and rigorous academic goals. The key to R.A.C.E. is Autonomy,Mastery, and Purpose.
Students are given autonomy in what they learn and how they learn it. This necessary spark of curiosity drives innovation and an individual’s passions and desires in life. Students are emboldened to become the best version of themselves.
For additional information: http://chs.hallco.org/web/what-is-race/ or 770-532-1162.
The Navy Junior ROTC Program at East Hall High School provides students with an outstanding means to develop their leadership skills and become active and productive citizens. NJROTC is a hands-on leadership laboratory, where cadets learn the fundamentals of leadership and management by running the cadet company.
Other objectives include: promoting patriotism; developing informed and responsible citizens; promoting habits of orderliness and precision; and developing personal honor, responsibility and self-discipline.
Cadets incur no military obligation, but there are benefits for those who enlist in the military after high school graduation, and qualified students are eligible for special college scholarship opportunities.
NJROTC is open to all Hall County students in grades 9-12 who want to be active participants in a multi-faceted program emphasizing responsibility, character building and citizenship. There is no formal application process.
However, cadets must be capable of participating in the school’s physical fitness program. Cadets are also expected to maintain acceptable standards of conduct and academic achievement.
For more information: ehhs.hallco.org or 770-536-9921.
The Flowery Branch High School STEAM Program provides students with an active, engaging experience that is supported by a rigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum enhanced by the addition of Fine Arts courses. It is an honors level engineering program with an emphasis on art applied to appropriate classes. The STEAM program offers access to a variety of advanced technological tools and opportunities to unlock students’ artistic capabilities.
Students collaborate on teams and create authentic projects that combine science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, building the foundation for their academic and career-related futures. All FBHS STEAM students will work hand in hand with faculty, industry, and college advisors to design and present a culminating project each calendar year.
For more information: https://fbhs.hallco.org/web/ or 770-967-8000
STEAM Coordinator Contact: Chelsey Woodall – Chelsey.Woodall@hallco.org
The World Scholars Program at West Hall High School will begin its inaugural year in August, 2016. Designed to give students from World Language Academy an opportunity to continue their studies in a dual-immersion language model, the World Scholars Program offers a unique high school experience for WLA students and for rising freshmen who are advanced in their modern language abilities and/or Native Speakers of Spanish.
Students will take at least two academic courses in Spanish plus an advanced level Modern Language course during their freshman and sophomore years. As juniors and seniors, they will have the opportunity to participate in our IB Bilingual Diploma Program, our IB Career Program, Early College, or Dual Enrollment.
Additionally, students will participate in service learning and community involvement opportunities that will expand their cultural knowledge. These activities, plus a senior capstone project, will allow World Scholars Program students to earn the International Skills Diploma Seal* (*pending state board approval) as designated by the Georgia Department of Education.