Aldine ISD will hold its annual Magnet/IB® Festival on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the M.O. Campbell Center (The MOC is located at 1865 Aldine Bender Road.). Parents and students considering any of the programs should attend to learn about the District’s magnet themes, talk with school staff and learn how to enroll.
According to Olivia Boatner, magnet schools offer students new opportunities they may not find in other traditional school settings. Boatner is director of magnet schools. She also oversees the District’s IB® World Schools. Magnet school themes range a wide spectrum and include engineering and the arts. IB® World Schools are another option for families and their children. The IB® program (Click to read more.) provides a globally respected and highly recognized curriculum.
“We hope to see families and community members. The festival is a great one–stop shop for parents to learn about all the choices available to their children. They will also get a strong sense of the campus culture.
“Students and staff from all of the magnet and IB® schools will be present showcasing their programs and skills.”
The District offers a wide variety of options. Public school choice allows parents to elect out of an assigned boundary school zone. Most of the campuses specialize in a specific area or areas of interest. And there are programs for students as young as four years old.
Since the inception of U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings (click), which began in 2007, Carver HS (click) has earned Bronze and Silver medals. Each year, the magazine ranks high schools both nationally and by state to show how well schools are preparing students for college. In 2016, Niche ranked (click) Carver HS 17th in Best Magnet High Schools in the Houston Metro area. Eisenhower High School (click) ranked 23rd in the same category.
Aldine ISD campuses with magnet and IB® programs have also received nearly 100 awards — Schools of Excellence and Schools of Distinction honors — since 1997 from Magnet Schools of America (click), which recognizes the top magnet schools in the U.S.
The magnet programs give students a range of thematic educational choices for students in grades PreK-12. Students in the magnet programs have a unique opportunity for in-depth studies in a specific area of interest. The campuses attract a wide-range of students, creating richly diverse learning environments.
The International Baccalaureate® (Click to IB Organization website.) studies program (IB) targets students in early childhood/prekindergarten through 12th grade. The IB program provides a globally respected and highly recognized curriculum. The rigorous program challenges students to excel not only in their studies but also their personal growth.
IB Program Benefits
Students can follow the entire IB continuum, which includes the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. It is worth noting that the IB Diploma Program is a globally recognized honors curriculum. Many colleges and universities award credit upon exam results.
These offerings give students a school-within-a-school learning community experience that drives students to grow to their full potential academically and in their area of interest.
The festival draws large crowds so arrive early to park. This will give you time to talk with several magnet and IB ® school representatives.
At the event, each campus will have a booth where families can get information and learn about campus tours. Campus organizations will be on hand to discuss offerings and programs available to students.
This is also an opportunity to showcase what students are doing, learning and experiencing at the schools. Expect to see visual arts on display and performing arts students to entertain the crowds. Scheduled events will take place in the arena, foyer and halls of the MOC.
Additionally, campuses have invited alumni to support their alma maters.
“Our grads come from all walks of life and backgrounds. They are making their mark in diverse fields. The alumni on hand will share how they benefited from the magnet or IB® program they took part in as students of Aldine ISD. For many, magnet and IB® programs were a stepping stone giving them the competitive edge in their careers.”
Families that attend have a chance to provide feedback by completing and submitting a survey. Those that do will be entered into a drawing for prizes the day of the festival. However, they must be present to win.
Due to the popularity of programs, seats at all campuses may be limited or not available due to high enrollment (capacity). The selection process uses a lottery system. Applications will be available at the festival for parents to apply for the magnet lottery for the 2019-2020 school year. The applications will be available online starting November 1. The programs are available to all students that live in Aldine.
Families taking part in the First and Second Lotteries will receive a call or notification from the campus. The Magnet Office will also mail an acceptance letter to the address provided on the application.
The final in-house lottery will take place two (2) weeks after school starts in fall 2019. Parents taking part in the Final Lottery will be notified of the selection by phone ONLY. They will have to go to the Magnet School Office to accept the seat.
For more information about magnet and IB® programs, visit the AISD Magnet Office webpages (click here) or call Director Olivia Boatner at (281) 985-6559.
9:05-9:30 a.m.: Drew Academy Badger Dance Company performs “Love” @ MOC-Arena
9:35-9:50 a.m.: Eagle IB® Choir from Kujawa Elementary School performs @ MOC-Teaching Theater
9:40-10 a.m.: Carver HS performing arts students put on “From Broadway to Ballet” @ MOC-Arena
10-10:20 a.m.: Anderson Academy performing arts students put on “All STEAM Ahead” @ MOC-Teaching Theater
10:10-10:30 a.m.: Houston Academy Fine Arts Department performs “Bright Shining Stars” @ MOC-Arena
10:25-10:45 a.m.: Drew Academy students performs “Mary Poppins Jr.” @ MOC-Teaching Theater
10:40-11 a.m.: Carver HS performing arts students play “Fall Festival Music” @ MOC-Arena
10:50-11:05 a.m.: Magnet Office shares talent highlights.
11-11:10 a.m.: Kujawa Elementary School cheerleaders perform @ MOC-Arena
11:10-11:30 a.m.: Carter Academy performing arts students put on “World Tour” @ MOC-Arena
11:15-11:30 a.m.: Showcase of magnet school student entries in 2018 Aldine Film Festival & Photography; shorts of videos will take place @ MOC-Teaching Theater
11:40-11:55 a.m.: Reece Academy performing arts students take the center stage @ MOC-Teaching Theater
12:10-12:30 p.m.: Magnet K-12 Orchestra gives Festival finale performance @ MOC-Arena
12:30-1 p.m.: In addition to door prizes being given away, there is a chance to win a seat at a magnet or IB® school! One seat for each grade level at every campus — with the exception of the IB® Diploma Program at Eisenhower HS where students must meet requirements for admission — will be given away. However, you MUST be present to win!
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