International Academic Magnet
What Makes Us Unique
The magnet programs at Irmo Middle are unique because we believe in allowing every student to learn in a meaningful and relevant way. Students desire to do work that matters, and will thrive when given opportunities to impact the local and global community. Our classrooms are alive with discovery, inquiry, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. Teachers talk less. Students talk and think more. Lessons have explicit purpose, guided by learning targets for which students take ownership and responsibility. In all subject areas, teachers differentiate instruction and maintain high expectations in order to bring out the best in all students and cultivate a culture of high achievement. Students are known well and supported by adults. Multi-year relationships are also forged in other school structures to ensure that students’ needs are met and individual strengths are discovered. Outside of school, mentoring, internships, and apprenticeships foster relationships between students and community members.