Magnet schools and
What is a Magnet School or Program?
Designed with open access in mind, magnet schools and programs offer
specialized courses focused on theme-based instruction and technology. Specially-
trained magnet teachers often come from professional careers in the private sector,
matching their teaching subject areas.
Magnet schools and programs attract students from all over Marion County, not
just surrounding school attendance zones. Admission is application-based, and some
schools and programs require minimum testing levels and auditions. Admission may
also depend on majority-to-minority enrollment figures and space availability.
For more information on any of these opportunities, contact the respective school
at the numbers provided.
Dr. N. H. Jones Elementary
Technology reaches every student at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary because it’s
fully integrated into all academic areas. Each classroom features at least six computers
with Internet access. Students gain hands-on experience with word processing,
spreadsheets, data bases, Internet research, and Web design. They also utilize a
media production lab for hands-on experience with television equipment and editing
The school’s Academy of Math, Science and Technology utilizes the McMillan
Math series, Math Super Stars, and Accelerated Math program. Students attend the
science labs regularly for hands-on activities and experiences in various campus
gardens -- traditional, butterfly, water, hydroponics, and experimental. Students also
launch model rockets with help from volunteers at Lockeed-Martin.
Admission is required via application, which can be accepted up to one year in
advance. Notification of acceptance, ineligibility or waiting list letters are sent out in
School uniforms are mandatory.
Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary
1900 SW 5th St.
Ocala, FL 34474
Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts promotes academic
excellence in reading, math, science, language arts, and social studies while offering
students opportunities in fine arts, communication, technology and languages.
Curriculum diversity and integration is Madison Street’s most distinguishing
feature. Instruction is personalized, ensuring high standards of academic and
Extra-curricular activities include groups for song and dance, violin, juggling,
international choir, and video production.
Admission is by application only. School uniforms are mandatory.
Madison Street Academy
401 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Ocala, FL 34475
Magnet programs offer admission to students county-wide to specialized academic
courses of study, participation, and learning. Often considered a “school within a
school,” these programs have strict admission requirements. Contact each school for
specific program information.
Advanced Academics Integrated Technologies (AAIT) at Howard Middle
Howard Middle offers the only magnet program for sixth, seventh, and eighth
graders. Its Advanced Academics Integrated Technologies (AAIT) tract provides
rigorous academic classes with integrated technology in every course. The school also
offers the IB (International Baccalaureate) program as discussed later.
Collaborative group work and project-based learning, as well as daily homework
and independent reading, are the bases of all courses. Most AAIT areas are “Intelligent
Classrooms” equipped with computers, smart boards, digital projectors, electronic
teaching pads, graphing calculators and more. Computer labs supplement classroom
technologies, and students are expected to become technology literate. Students
completing the AAIT program are prepared to continue their education at advanced high
Applications may be submitted one year in advance. Students are notified of
acceptance in May and notified of “waiting list status” in May or June.
1108 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Ocala, FL 34475
AICE Program at Belleview High and North Marion High
The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma program is
administered and assessed by the University of Cambridge. AICE courses equate to
those offered at the university freshman level and are for high school juniors and
AICE applicants who score Level 4 or 5 on the Reading, Math and Writing
sections of the 10th grade FCAT are automatically accepted. Students with Level 3
scores on the Reading, Math and Writing sections must have an A or B grade in the
academic area in which he/she is applying for acceptance, a C or higher in all classes
the previous year, and current-year recommendations from core teachers (English,
math, science, social studies).
A pre-AICE program, called International General Certificate of Secondary
Education (IGCSE), is an optional program for freshmen and sophomores providing a
solid academic foundation. For this program, applicants must score at Level 3 or above
on the reading and math sections of the FCAT. Students with a Level 4 or 5 in these
areas are automatically accepted. Student grades from the previous year must be at
least a C in all classes.
Applicants for both programs should be in good academic, attendance, and
Applications are available on the school’s website
(www.marion.k12.fl.us/schools/), the school Guidance Office, or any local public high
school. Enrollment takes place December 1 - March 1. After this deadline, students
may apply during open enrollment and will be admitted as space permits.
Notice of conditional acceptance for the following school year is April 1. Full
acceptance takes place during summer break.
New students may apply when enrolling and will be evaluated on a case-by-case
basis (space permitting).
10400 SE 36 Ave.
Belleview, FL 34420
North Marion High
151 W. Highway 329
Citra, FL 32113
Offered at Reddick-Collier Elementary and North Marion Middle
Reddick-Collier Elementary and North Marion Middle are two of only a handful of
Florida schools offering a program based at Cambridge University.
The Cambridge International Primary Program at Reddick-Collier Elementary
prepares children for success by emphasizing research, writing and oral development, a
balance of independent and group work, inquiry-based learning, and the application of
knowledge and skills to solve real world problems – all while promoting global
Students must meet strict testing requirements for admission, and records from a
pre-kindergarten program will be considered. They must also earn satisfactory marks
for academic performance, good attendance, and conduct grades.
The Cambridge program continues at North Marion Middle with the Cambridge
Checkpoint program. Participation requires students to enroll in four core class areas –
language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies. Qualifying students can take
high-school level courses while enrolled in middle school and participate in various
class projects, essays, and science fair projects. Students are expected to be
technology literate and complete daily homework and independent readings.
Strict application deadlines apply to both elementary and middle school
4595 W. Hwy 316
Reddick, FL 32686
North Marion Middle
2085 W. Hwy 329
Citra, FL 32113
EMIT Program at Forest High
The Engineering & Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) combines
honors-level high school academics with three or four years of computer-assisted
drafting in a state-of-the art facility.
Open to high school students countywide, EMIT’s unique curriculum is immersed
in high-tech approaches, preparing students for careers in drafting and design,
engineering, architecture, or manufacturing processes. Problem-solving skills and
mixed grade-level teaming provides leadership opportunities. Students can begin the
program in either the ninth or tenth grade.
Enrollment is limited by space.
5000 SE Maricamp Rd.
Ocala, FL 34480
International Baccalaureate Program
Offered at Oakcrest Elementary, Howard Middle, Lake Weir High, and Vanguard High
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is for academically able and highly
motivated students. Founded in 1967 to provide a rigorous, well-rounded, college
preparatory education to students around the world, there are presently more than
3,043 IB schools in 139 countries.
The program’s common broadly-based curriculum is assessed by internationally
developed and graded exams, papers and portfolios.
At the elementary level, students automatically become part of the Primary Years
Program. At this level, IB prepares students to be active participants in a lifelong
journey of learning. Six themes of global significance create a trans-disciplinary
framework allowing students to "step up" beyond the confines of learning within these
subject areas: who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves,
how the world works, how we organize ourselves, and sharing the planet.
In middle school, IB helps students find a sense of belonging in the ever-
changing and increasingly interrelated world around them while fostering a positive
learning attitude. Students are required to study their native language, a second
language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology.
In their final year, students engage in a personal project allowing them to demonstrate
the understandings and skills developed throughout the program.
In high school, students begin pre-IB courses during their freshman or
sophomore year and complete the IB curriculum as juniors and seniors.
High school requirements include passing exam scores in six subjects,
completing 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) activities, writing a 4,000-
word extended essay, and taking the IB Theory of Knowledge course. The program is
unique because it provides an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education leading to a
diploma recognized worldwide.
High school student selection is based on prior academic achievement,
standardized test scores, a writing sample, and a personal interview.
Applications for admission are available at the schools.
1112 NE 28 St.
Ocala, FL 34470
1108 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Ocala, FL 34475
Lake Weir High
10351 SE Maricamp Rd.
Ocala, FL 34472
7 NW 28th St.
Ocala, FL 34475
Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) at West Port High
Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a four-year program for performing
arts including concert band, symphonic band, stage and jazz band, chorus, dance and
drama, and visual arts emphasizing drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography and art
West Port High’s state-of-the-art theatre and art department afford students
hands-on experience. Faculty offer courses in drama, theatre history, acting and
The Art Department features a large room for 2-D and 3-D art as well as a mat-
and-frame room, printmaking room, and dark room for film photography.
Auditions are required for acceptance. Applicants must be in good academic,
attendance, and disciplinary standing, with a minimum 2.5 GPA and Level 3 FCAT
scores. Accepted students must participate in co-curricular activities, performances and
exhibitions, fundraisers and other activities related to their area of concentration.
Contact the school for application and audition dates.
West Port High
3733 SW 80th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34481
MTI – Marion Technical Institute
Marion Technical Institute (MTI) offers unique opportunities to students interested
in immediate employment after graduation and/or continuing post-secondary education
in a specific field of work and the opportunity to learn technical skills and academic
knowledge through hands-on experience.
Students must be at least 16 years of age and may enroll in one of eight
specialized “academies” including: Automotive Technology, Business and Finance,
Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Baking, Drafting and Design, Industrial
Engineering, Information Technology, and Power Industry. They may also dual- or co-
enroll at Central Florida Community College and the Community Technical and Adult
Program space is limited, and acceptance depends on past academics,
attendance, and discipline history. Students must write a 150-word statement
explaining their academy choice and reason(s) they want to attend.
MTI school uniforms are mandatory.
Marion Technical Institute (MTI)
1614 SE Ft. King St.
Ocala, FL 34471
Power Generation Academy at Dunnellon High
Students interested in high-demand jobs in the power industry may enroll in the
Power Generation Academy at Dunnellon High. This specialized program provides
experiences developing a strong foundation in skills necessary to succeed in the power
generation and energy technology industry. Students gain hands-on training with active
industry instructors thanks to partnerships with Progress Energy and other industry
utility providers. Guest instructors play a vital role as well. Students completing the
program can be industry certified and prepared for industry exams. All students must
complete a level one core course before enrolling in more advanced courses.
Applications are available in the Guidance Office or online at
10055 SW 180 Ave. Rd.
Dunnellon, FL 34432
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