Students invited to magnet program

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Does your 8th-grade son or daughter know what they want to be when they grow up?


If you go

What: High School Career Magnet Academies Open House

Who: For 8th Grade Parents and Students

Where: Buchholz High School Auditorium

When: 7 to 8 p.m. today

Other academy open houses: (Check for updated times at

Institute of Culinary Arts at Eastside – Jan. 22

Academy of Health Professions at Gainesville High Jan. 23

Academy of Criminal Justice at Newberry High School Jan. 24

Academy of Entrepreneurship at Buchholz - Jan. 29

Academy of Finance at Buchholz - Jan. 29

Academy of Agriscience at Santa Fe High School Jan. 31

Professional Academies Magnet at Loften, Feb. 5 (Professional Academies include the following:)

Academy of Fire and Emergency Services

Academy of Business Ownership

Academy of Automotive Technology

Academy of Information Technology

Academy of Early Childhood Education

Academy of Environmental Horticulture

Soon-to-be high school freshmen and their parents are encouraged to attend an annual high school magnet academy open house tonight to begin sorting through their career options.

The open house at Buchholz High School will feature displays by all 10 of the magnet programs available in the county. The open house is also a place to pick up an application form as well as information on deadlines, explanations and minimum standards for acceptance.

Santa Fe Community College is partnering with the school district on the open house as part of a bigger educational picture.

"We want these students to get a jump-start on their education so they won't have to retake the basics if they enroll here at Santa Fe after high school," said Billie Monroe, the SFCC Articulation Coordinator. "For example, a student who goes through the Gainesville High School Academy of Health Professions is not going to have to take the basics all over again in our health profession programs."

Shannon Ritter, the School Board's teacher specialist in career and technical education, said 700 people attended last year's open house.

"This is really similar to a trade show and it's a place for parents and students to begin to think about what interests them," Ritter said.

In the weeks following the open house at Buchholz, each magnet program holds an open house at the school where the program is offered.

Students have until Feb. 15 to get their application for a magnet program in the mail. Ritter said acceptance letters will be postmarked by March 7 and then students have until March 21 to sign and get their commitment letters postmarked.

Karen Voyles can be reached at 352-359-5656 or

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