National School Choice Week takes place the week of January 21 – 27, and is a nonpartisan and nonpolitical recognition of effective education options for children. It is the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education, with tens of thousands of schools and organizations participating every year.
The WPS Magnet Department is using the positive messaging of National School Choice Week to promote what makes Wichita’s 24 magnet schools unique and effective, while shining a positive spotlight on our students, teachers, staff, and families.
We invite our business partners, community members, and legislators to join us for magnet school tours on Tuesday, Janurary 23 and Friday, January 26. Feel free to drop in as your schedule permits.
What are Magnet Schools?
Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated within the Wichita Public Schools. Magnet schools are based on the premise that all students do not learn in the same ways, so if there is a unifying theme or a different organizational structure for students of similar interest, those students will learn more in all areas.
Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, Community Service, International Studies, Career Explorations and many others. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, & Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, they are taught within the overall theme of the magnet school.