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 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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 Principal: Cory McElmeel
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Magnet Program

 

Magnet Applications are available for download on our main page under "Important Updates", on the right hand side of the page.  Hard copies are available in the Main Office, room A212.  Applications are due by January 17th 2014 and should be submitted in the Main Office, room A212.

Magnet programs provide students with a thematic focus, instructional continuity, and opportunities to apply academics to problem solving in real-world experiences.  Magnet enrollment choices are made by Skyline students during the application process in the ninth grade year.

  • Four magnet themes
  • Approximately 100 students per magnet
  • Specialized learning spaces and equipment
  • Academic foundation
  • Real world applications

Why magnets?

Ann Arbor Skyline High School magnet programs provide flexible hands-on learning experiences that empower learners to reach their potential.    The theme-based approach promotes many of the factors associated with effective schools, chiefly, innovation in program and practice, staff and curricular coherence, increased parent and community involvement, and greater student engagement, all of which add up to higher student achievement.

What Do the Magnet Programs Look Like?

Magnet programs at Skyline High School are introduced to all freshman students within the context of their regular academic core classes.  This exploration will provide both a chance to better understand the themes and learning environments of the magnets and will also give all students an opportunity to consider their own personal  interests so that, whether they select a magnet or not, they will begin to think of the choices and opportunities in their futures. 

Magnet program enrollment begins with an application process during the ninth grade year with the coursework starting during the tenth grade year.  It will be expected, but not required, that students selecting the magnet programs will continue in their magnet until graduation.  The academic courses in each magnet meet the same curriculum requirements and standards of regular academic classes and have the opportunity to focus that content on complex thinking and problem solving in the themed area.  In the senior year, magnet students culminate their learning experience through an internship or senior project.

The program offers a robust interdisciplinary curriculum to engage students in a logical progression of knowledge, skills and application. Magnet programs foster literacy, imagination, competency, and creativity in a thematic environment conducive to high achievement.

Specialized equipment and learning spaces provide additional support for innovative curricula and instructional approaches. Technology and real world applications are infused throughout the curriculum and connected across the academic disciplines. 

Magnet programs provide students with instructional continuity, a focus on complex thinking and applied knowledge, and a chance to sample the real world connection of academics and personal skills to problem solving and achievement.  Each magnet program has developed partnerships with local businesses, educational institutions, and community organizations.

Four Magnet Themes

Health and Medicine - Biomedical Sciences

 Students explore concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Through activities students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals. Students explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century.  Students conduct biomedical research and have the ability to earn college credit.
Design Technology and Environmental Planning

Students explore innovations that change and shape our human design world. They apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, to find practical solutions for real-world issues.  Through hands-on, problem-solving activities, students will understand how technology and society affect each other.  Utilizing computer design, prototyping, and modeling systems students focus on technological innovations for an environmentally sustainable society.
Communication, Media and Public Policy

Students engage in inquiry, research and digital media production in the field of public policy.   Public policies are the laws, regulations, decisions and actions of government that impact everyone’s lives.   Students develop skills in communication in all stages of production from concept to delivery.  By examining public policies relating to individual rights, healthy families, cultural diversity and sustainable environments, students develop skills required to be leaders in an interdependent global community.
Business, Marketing and Information Technology

Students explore the dynamics of business, marketing, and entrepreneurship within a global society. Students study production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. They use key technology applications, like information management systems, graphics, and web design to connect local and global markets through business planning, management, marketing, advertising.

 

Magnet Sequence

9th Grade
Who:  Students explore magnet themes as part of course work in their academic classes.
Focus:   Magnet exploration and Enrollment Application

10th Grade
Who: Students who select and enroll in a magnet program
Focus:
Topics, Technology and Applications

Magnet themes are investigated with focus on the types and value of accomplishments of professionals associated with the theme. Students develop an understanding of the scope and interconnected nature of topics and careers within the theme.

11th Grade
Who: Students in the magnet program
Focus: Connection, Specialization, and Development

At this level, students build on prior knowledge and experience and become directly involved in fields associated with their magnet theme. Magnet students work with professionals and community partners in selected experiences such as workplace observations, training in and use of professional technology, and opportunities for projects or service learning.

12th Grade
Who: Students in the magnet program
Focus: Year of Achievement

In their senior year, magnet students culminate their experiences and demonstrate their accomplishments through a senior project/thesis and/or internship with a professional partner.  These opportunities are built on the skills and knowledge students have developed in their magnet program.

Magnet Program 4-Year Curriculum - Sample

Subject Area
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade
Mathematics 1st Year of Algebra*
Geometry or Geometry AC*
Geometry
2nd Year Algebra
2nd Year Algebra AC
2nd Year Algebra
Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus AC
Statistics AP
Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Calculus AP

Statistics AP
Science Biology* Physical Science Chemistry or Chemistry AP
Physics
Physics or Physics AP

Biology AP
English English 9*
World Literature*
English 10
American Literature
English 11
AP English Language and Composition
Electives Available
English 12
AP English Language and Composition
Electives Available
Social Science World History* U.S. History
U.S. History AP
African American Humanities-AC
American Studies
U.S. Gov't/Civics (semester)
U.S. Gov't/Politics AP (semester)
Economics (semester)
Economics AP (semester)
Social Science Elective(s) (Recommended)
Electives or other required courses Physical Education

World Language

Visual/Performing/ Applied Arts
Health Education
Music
Other electives (see course handbook)
Physical Education

World Language

Visual/Performing/ Applied Arts
Health Education
Music
Other electives (see course handbook)
Physical Education

World Language

Visual/Performing/ Applied Arts
Health Education
Music
Other electives (see course handbook)
Physical Education

World Language

Visual/Performing/ Applied Arts
Health Education
Music
Other electives (see course handbook)
Magnet Program   Magnet Course I
  • Topics
  • Technology
  • Application
Magnet Course II
  • Connection
  • Specialization
  • Development
Magnet Course III
  • Internship
  • Senior Project

*Magnet Exploration integrated into all academic core classess during the 9th grade
Magnet connected classes in red

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