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South Carolina 2010 Grant Abstracts

Grantee Name:

Richland School District Two

Project Name:

The International Baccalaureate Continuum

Project Director:

Sara Wheeler

Telephone:

(803) 518-3793

Email:

swheeler@richland2.org

Number of Schools Served:

3

Number of Students Served:

3,775

Year 1 Funding:

$2,828,890

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$6,422,397

Major Project Goals:
Goal 1. Promote diversity by reducing, eliminating, or preventing minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools with substantial proportions of minority students.
Goal 2. Increase academic achievement by implementing systemic reforms to provide all students the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content standards and academic achievement standards.
Goal 3. Develop connections between students, parents, teachers and their school, community, and global environments.
Goal 4. Build the capacity, including through professional development, to continue operating magnet schools at a high performance level after the Federal funding has ended.

Magnet Schools participating in the project:
Windsor Elementary prek-5
E. L. Wright Middle 6-8
Richland Northeast High 9-12

Special Curricular Program: The rigorous International Baccalaureate Programme will be implemented at each school. It provides services for students at elementary, middle, and high school levels to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. These schools have been selected because of the need to find legitimate ways to reduce the minority group isolation of African American students, as compared to the district average, and to address specific student academic achievement needs.

Grantee Name:

Orangeburg County Consolidated School District

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Bonnie Moskos

Telephone:

(803) 496-3288

Email:

moskosb@obg3.k12.sc.us

Number of Schools Served:

4

Number of Students Served:

2,566

Year 1 Funding:

$2,152,025

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$5,938,464

The Orangeburg County Consolidated School District 3 (OBG3) magnet initiative is designed to promote diversity and educational innovation that will lead to improved student learning and achievement. To achieve these goals, OBG3, through support from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) will convert four schools into whole-school magnets, providing our students with rigorous academic K–12 pathways in the areas of International Baccalaureate (IB) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Whole-school STEM magnet programs will be offered at St. James-Gaillard Elementary School and Holly Hill Robert Middle School and a STEM Academy will be offered at Lake Marion High School. IB whole-school programs will be offered at Elloree Elementary/Middle School and Lake Marion High School. By the third year of the initiative, a total of 2,566students will be served across the four magnet programs, which reflects an increase of 18% over the current student enrollment. OBG3 will address all six MSAP objectives by:

  • Designing and implementing aggressive outreach and recruitment strategies to attract a more diverse pool of applicants and thereby reduce minority isolation among African American students in the magnet schools and expand opportunities for students across the district.
  • Implementing innovative educational methods and courses of instruction in the areas of IB and STEM that will substantially strengthen students’ knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible and marketable vocational, technological, and professional skills.

Improving OBG3's capacity to provide high-quality education by offering comprehensive professional development from Clemson University, IB of Americas, Project Lead the Way, and Career Academy Support Network to assist the magnet schools in developing standards based curricula and building a strong foundation for program sustainability.


 
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