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Hundreds attend School District Five Magnet Fair

For Immediate Release – November 8, 2019



Hundreds attend School District Five Magnet Fair

IRMO – Hundreds of people attended the Lexington-Richland School District Five Magnet Fair on November 7 giving families in the district the opportunity to explore offerings at several of its schools.


The event at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies featured a wide variety of programs, including all fourteen magnet programs which are located at eleven different sites in the district.


Paula Smith attended the event with her three children to gather information about which schools are best for her family next year.  “We learned a lot of different things from the schools that we talked with during the event,” Smith said.  “I think it was very beneficial to attend the Magnet Fair and for the district to offer them.”


This is the sixth year that the district has held Magnet Fair for the community and each one has drawn large crowds, which pleased the schools who were showcasing.  “I think that it is really awesome that parents and students have the opportunity to choose what they want to do instead of having limited choices in learning,” said Dr. Al Gates, Center for Advanced Technical Studies director. “The Magnet Fair gives parents the opportunity to see what is the best fit for them and their child and it gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have to offer.”


School leaders, teachers and students manned booths for their schools to educate the community about the many magnet offerings, a feature that parent Melissa Burroughs thought was a great idea.  “The schools are very well represented at the Magnet Fair,” Burroughs said.  “I like the fact that there are students here that can speak to their experience as well as school administrators.  The information we have been given will help us make a good and informed decision about my daughter’s future.”


School District Five Magnet Schools will host magnet information nights for further information. Contact schools for additional details. Magnet Information dates and times are as follows:


  • Harbison West Elementary Escolares Academy: Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.
  • STEM Magnet at Dutch Fork High School: Monday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Leaphart Elementary STEAM Magnet: Tuesday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences: Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Irmo High School International School for the Arts, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, IB Career-related Programme: Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • H. E. Corley Elementary School Leadership Magnet and Montessori Magnet: Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet, I AM Escolares: Thursday, January 16 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet: Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Nursery Road Elementary School Arts Magnet: Thursday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet: Call school to receive information

“We were so excited to have another large turnout for our Magnet Fair,” said School District Five Magnet director Sara Wheeler.  “We look forward to our application window opening January 10- January 27 where families can apply for the program that best fits their student’s academic interests.”


To learn more about the application process visit: