Elementary School Magnet Academies

  • The Orangeburg County School District's Gifted and Talented Divison launched four elementary school magnet academies for the 2021-2022 school year. Our current Magnet Academy offerings include Communication Arts at Edisto Elementary's Broadcasting and Journalism Academy; the Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy at Holly Hill Elementary; SAIL or Scholars Achieving Investigating and Learning with STEAM at Mellichamp Elementary; as well as Visual and Performing Arts at Marshall Elementary's STAGE Academy where students will take on arts and gifted education.

    Applications are being accepted now for the 2022-2023 school year. The window for applications will close on November 19. Space is limited in each of these Magnet Academies. 

     These programs provide opportunities for students to engage in traditional education intertwined with learning activities of unique interest to them. Edisto, Holly Hill, Mellichamp, and Marshall will continue to serve students zoned for their schools in the traditional program, as well as both zoned and out of zone students who apply and are accepted into their magnet academies. Transportation will be provided for all students who are accepted into the magnet academies.

    The Academies are fully funded through grants and federal programs and there is no cost to parents. Families that are new to our District must reach out to our Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator Priscilla Hollington at priscilla.hollington@ocsdsc.org for details and information on enrollment in these magnet academies.

Middle School Progression

  • Elementary magnet academy students will progress to the appropriate middle school to continue the pathway they began in elementary. 

    Middle schools will provide innovative courses and experiences for the rising 6th graders who will transition from their elementary magnet beginning the 2022-2023 school year.  With each new school year, middle schools will continue to offer those theme/focus-based experiences for students. 

    BAJA magnet program students from Edisto Elementary will transition to Carver-Edisto Middle and continue their progression in journalism, broadcating and drama. 

    Bulldog STEM Academy magnet program students from Holly Hill Roberts Elementary will continue their programmatic studies at Holly Hill-Roberts Middle and progress in the Gateway to Technology coursework there, with an emphasis on coding. 

    SAIL (Mellichamp) and STAGE (Marshall) magnet students will transition to middle school at William J. Clark and deepen their learning with Robotics, Computer Science Discoveries, Video Production, Visual & Performing Arts. 


Learn More About OCSD's Magnet Academies from GT Coordinator Priscilla Hollington


Elementary Magnet Academies

Application Form

  • For the 2022-2023 Application Form, please click on either ENGLISH or SPANISH. Applications are being accepted now through November 19. 


Questions & Answers

  • Will school bus transportation be provided? Yes. Students attend magnet academies from all sections of the district’s boundaries. Depending on the location of the student’s stop, and the route of the bus to pick up or drop off all magnet students, the bus ride may be lengthy.
  • If accepted into a Magnet Academy, will my child spend all day, every day at the host school? Yes. Magnet Academy students will attend classes at the host school every day.
  • I have more than one child attending school in the district. If only one of my children is accepted into a Magnet Academy, may my other child(ren) enroll at the academy host school? It is possible. Speak with the host school’s principal about enrolling your child(ren).
  • Can my child withdraw from the Magnet Academy if he/she desires? Yes. A student may withdraw from a Magnet Academy once a parent conference and a review of the request take place. After the 45th day of school, magnet students are committed to complete the school year in the academy.
  • Can qualifying students on the wait list be accepted into a Magnet Academy during the school year? This is a possibility. Placement would be based on the following considerations: timing in the school year; available academy seats; and current academic performance.
  • If my child is accepted into a Magnet Academy, where do I complete registration for the 2022-2023 school year? You will complete registration at your child’s home school.
  • Where will Magnet Academy students receive technology devices? Students will receive their devices at the Magnet Academy host school. The host school will provide to the students all educational resources and materials they would normally receive at their home schools.