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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Infusing arts-based education with the South Carolina College and Career Readiness Standards.
Preparing scholars to excel in an advanced academic pathway at S.A.I.L. with "full STEAM ahead."
Striving to Enrich Active Minds through the authentic implementation of an accelerated curricula, enriched with real world experiences.