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Updated: 8/06/2014 9:16 am
LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District is adding seven new Magnet programs and five Select School options for the 2015-16 school year.

An additional four Magnet programs will be added for the 2016-17 school year.

This expansion was discussed at today's work session of the Board of School Trustees. It will create more opportunities and choices for students, as well as help address overcrowding in some schools, drawing students to less-crowded schools with Magnet programs.

Each Magnet school offers learning opportunities related to specific themes for students.

In the 2014-15 school year, more than 16,679 students applied to a Magnet school or a Career and Technical Academy, while there were only 5,724 seats were available. It is estimated that the seven new Magnet programs for the 2015-16 school year will add an additional 3,500 seats.

"Each year, our School District can accommodate only about one-third of students who want the opportunity to participate in a Magnet school program," said Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "We are so happy to offer additional magnet programs, and we will continue to look for ways to expand career and technical education to meet our students' needs."

The new Select Schools program will give high school students the chance to attend non-Magnet schools in CCSD that offer specialized programs of study in career and technical education, Advanced Placement course options and other unique program offerings. The Select Schools will also add an estimated 1,300 additional high school seats that will support greater choice for students who want to participate in CTE and AP courses.

"Students who participate in Magnet programs are more likely to graduate with a vision of what future career they want after high school and with post-secondary options," said Trustee Linda E. Young, who has the multiple magnet programs in her district. "By allowing more students, with support of their parents, to join Magnet and Select Schools, we are challenging them to achieve global career goals."

As an added benefit of this expansion, it is anticipated that these new Magnet programs and Select Schools will also serve to mitigate some of the current overcrowding at schools.

"As our School District continues to grow, we must look at creative ways to accommodate overcrowding," said Trustee Carolyn Edwards. "Expanding Magnet schools and career and technical education is just one strategy the School District is looking at to best serve our growing student population."

To view the application criteria for Magnet schools, go to Eligibility for transportation for these new programs will be based upon defined geographic transportation zones for each school.

Applications will be accepted in spring 2015 for these Magnet programs that will start in the 2015-16 school year:

•Gordon McCaw Elementary School - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy
• Clarence Piggott Elementary School - International Baccalaureate program
• Walter Johnson Middle School - International Baccalaureate program
• Thurman White Middle School - Performing Arts Academy
• Kenny C. Guinn Middle School - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy
• Del Sol High School - Performing Arts Academy
• Eldorado High School - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy

Applications will be accepted in spring 2016 for these International Baccalaureate Magnet programs that will start in the 2016-17 school year:

• Sheila R.Tarr Elementary School
• Mahlon B. Brown Junior High School
• Basic High School
• Spring Valley High School

The following Select Schools will offer AP programs and CTE programs, plus other themes as listed below, starting with the 2015-16 school year (applications will be accepted in spring 2015):

• Bonanza High School - AP and CTE
• Chaparral High School - AP and CTE
• Mojave High School - AP, CTE and Project Lead the Way Engineering
• Silverado High School - AP, CTE and National Academy Foundation in Finance and Information Technology
• Western High School - AP, CTE and Project Lead the Way Biomedical

For additional information regarding Magnet/CTA programs or Select Schools, please follow this link or contact the Magnet/CTA department at (702) 799-8492.

– From news release


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