Richland Two magnet programs are among best in the nation

August 25, 2021

Richland School District Two now has 25 nationally certified magnet programs at 16 schools. Four schools have recently become Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet schools by exceeding the criteria required to meet the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) National Standards of Excellence.

The Center for Inquiry (CFI), Longleaf Middle School, Muller Road Middle School and Richland Northeast High School earned Demonstration status for all of their magnet programs. CFI is a magnet center. Longleaf offers ZooBot: School of Zoological and Botanical Studies, and LEAP: Longleaf Engineering & Arts Program. Muller Road offers the Leadership Academy at Muller magnet. Richland Northeast has Horizon, Palmetto Center for the Arts, and Convergence Media magnets as well as an International Baccalaureate Program.

Additionally, MSA announced Conder Elementary Arts Integrated Magnet School received national certification and E. L. Wright Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Program and Leadership Academy at Wright (LAW) were recertified.

“I am ecstatic about the number of magnet programs we were able to get nationally certified during an unusual school year,” said Barbara Turner, Richland Two Director of Magnet Programs. “I appreciate the hard work and dedication the teams put into achieving this designation. Even in the midst of a pandemic, they continued to demonstrate what it means to be Premier.”

Nationally certified magnet schools provide high-quality, innovative educational options to families and students that promote choice, diversity and academic excellence. These schools and programs will be recognized at Magnet Schools of America’s National Conference in April 2022.