Magnet fair at Showplace

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 07:37 PM

A new High Point academy joins the list of Guilford County magnet schools parents can choose from this year.
Parents, students and others will get an opportunity Saturday at Showplace to investigate the new preparatory academy proposed for the vacant Allen Jay Middle School campus. In all, the district offers 53 magnet programs. Themes range from Spanish immersion to science, aviation and technology.
The new advantage model school is scheduled to open later this year. The innovative curriculum will combine elements of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta and the nationwide nonprofit KIPP charter schools. The focus will be to develop college-bound students. The school will incorporate music and movement into the traditional classroom setting.
The Guilford County Board of Education voted 10-1 earlier this month to keep the Allen Jay Middle School name after the school’s conversion. The public has until Feb. 7 to comment on the proposal. The tagline, “Preparatory Academy,” would be used to describe the school program, but would not be part of the official name.
The campus, scheduled for $12 million in renovations, was last used in 2009, when it housed students from the old Union Hill Elementary School until the new school opened.

Magnet Schools

Fair: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Showplace on E. Commerce Avenue. In the event of snow, the fair will be 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Showplace.

Applications: Magnet school requests will be accepted through Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit