Hundreds of people attended Lexington-Richland School District Five’s first of two Virtual Magnet fairs last month giving families the opportunity to explore offerings at several of its schools.

The virtual event featured a wide variety of programs, including the newest magnets that are being implemented through a $13.7 million federal Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant the district was awarded in September 2017. The event also included information on the new program This Is Escolares at Irmo High School, a continuation of the gifted and talented academic magnet programs at Harbison West Elementary School and Irmo Middle School. 

The next virtual magnet fair is scheduled for January 7 from 5 pm – 6:30 pm. Attendees must register in order to attend the event. A registration link will be shared closer to the event date. Attendees will be asked to share their email, name and phone number. During the virtual event, participants will be able to chat live with school representatives to have questions answered and explore interactive virtual booths curated by each school with information to help guide their choice.

The district’s magnet programs include: Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences, Harbison West Elementary School Escolares Academy Academic Magnet, H. E. Corley Elementary School Leadership Magnet and Montessori Magnet, Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet, Nursery Road Elementary School Arts Magnet, Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet, Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet and I AM Escorales Magnet Program, Dutch Fork High School STEM Magnet Program, Irmo High School International School for the Arts, International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme and This Is Escolares Academic Magnet Program and Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet.

Information on magnet schools and programs in School District Five can be found by visiting https://www.lexrich5.org/choice or by contacting individual schools. 

Several schools are also hosting individualized virtual magnet information night events during the following times:

Irmo Middle: December 10, 6 – 7 pm

• I AM Escolares

• International Academic Magnet

Dutch Fork High: January 6

• STEM Program

Nursery Road Elementary: January 12, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

• Arts Magnet

H. E. Corley Elementary: January 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

• Montessori Magnet

• Leadership Magnet

Leaphart Elementary: January 19, 5 – 6 pm

• STEAM Magnet

Dutch Fork Elementary: January 20, 6 – 7 pm

• Academy of Environmental Sciences

Seven Oaks Elementary: January 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

• MEDIA Magnet

Spring Hill High: January 21, 6:30 – 8 pm

• Career Pathways Magnet