Hundreds of people attended the Lexington-Richland School District Five Magnet Fair on January 10, 2019 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 four of the newest magnets that are being implemented through a $13.7 million federal Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant the district was awarded in September 2017.

Alex Salmon attended the event with his two sons.  “We were very excited to come out to the School District Five Magnet Fair to see all of the different programs that are offered,” Salmon said.  “I think it is very important to have as much information as you possibly can and what better way to do that than with a fair where you are able to gather everybody together and do one-stop shopping to get the information you need.”

The district saw a record number in attendance, which pleased the schools who were showcasing.  “It’s so good for parents to be able to come to this event and see everything at once,” said Jason Pollock, H. E. Corley Elementary School principal.  “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.  “I think it is so important to attend the Magnet Fair because you get so much information from all of the different areas, people at different schools and different parts of the district,” said Irmo High School senior Christopher Koverman.  “It is really best to get all the info you can and meet people face-to-face, talk to them, shake their hand and see what is going to be best for you as a learner.”

School District Five Magnet Schools and schools open to choice will host open houses for further information. Contact schools for additional details. Open house dates and times are as follows:

  • Irmo Middle School International Academic Magnet: Monday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Dutch Fork Elementary School Academy of Environmental Sciences: Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • CrossRoads Intermediate School: Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Chapin High School: Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Spring Hill High School Career Pathways Magnet: Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
  • H. E. Corley Elementary School Leadership and Montessori Magnet: Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Leaphart Elementary School STEAM Magnet: Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet: Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Irmo High School International School for the Arts: Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Irmo Elementary School: Monday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Nursery Road Elementary School Arts Magnet: Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dutch Fork High School: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.

“We were so excited to have another record turnout for our Magnet Fair,” said School District Five Magnet director Sara Wheeler.  “We look forward to our application window opening January 22 – February 4 where families can apply for the program that best fits their student’s academic interests.”


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