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Magnet School Program to expand for 2019-2020 school year

The magnet school program at Oro Grande Elementary School will grow next year – the question is, by how much?

School board members of the Lake Havasu Unified School District agreed Tuesday to expand the classical academy at Oro Grande, which started this school year for kindergartners and first graders who opted into the program. School district administrators say they’re happy with the results so far, and want to expand it to include second-graders in the 2019-20 school year. Another option put before board members on Tuesday was to completely transition the Oro Grande campus into the magnet program. Board members weren’t ready to make a decision just yet, but agreed to gather more details on the program for a possible future vote.

It wasn’t immediately clear when that vote would take place.

The Lake Havasu Classical Academy occupies two classrooms – 25 students in kindergarten and 18 in first grade -- at Oro Grande, which has the smallest student population among schools in the district. The magnet school operates with a $150,000 budget and emphasizes grammar, logic and rhetoric in its curriculum.

School district officials have said previously that the school could be the district’s answer to increasing competition for students by charter schools and private campuses.

Administrators have said they want curriculum to include courses in American history, world history and classical history, separated by grade level. Math courses will incorporate lessons using “Singapore mathematics,” which involves the use of physical objects, drawn figures and abstract numbers as aids in learning.

Board member Kathy Cox, a former high school administrator, cautioned Tuesday against being disruptive to the rest of the school district while rolling out the program, saying she was eager to see additional details. Board President John Masden read several letters of support from parents with students in the magnet program.

 


by Tristan Jandrew, Today's News-Herald
Oct 24, 2018

 

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