Irmo High School achieves national magnet school certification
Chapin Chamber Weekly News. Staff. September 06, 2018.

The Lexington-Richland School District Five high school was among 21 schools nationwide to successfully complete a rigorous nine-month evaluation process and “demonstrate through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that it has established the best practices entailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence."

The national certification process is based on the Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. Together, these qualities define the common elements of exemplary magnet programs.
Irmo High School was one of five schools in School District Five to receive a federal Magnet School Assistant Program (MSAP) grant in 2013 to bolster magnet offerings. At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Irmo High School officially opened the doors to the new International School of the Arts. A wide array of courses in dance, theater, music and visual arts are available through the magnet program; which aims to develop lifelong creators and patrons of the arts through rigorous standards-based, arts-infused learning. MSAP funds have complemented plans for the magnet program and added unique opportunities for students, including master classes with professional artists.

This certification makes Irmo High School the first certified magnet school in School District Five. “I am so incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication by Irmo High School International School for the Arts in attaining recognition as a Nationally Certified Magnet School,” said Sara Wheeler, Magnet School Program Director for School District Five.

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