St. Martin School

Magnet Program

Fueling Futures: Igniting Excellence, Celebrating Achievements - Going Full STEAM Ahead!

 

Beginning Fall of 2023, the St. Martin Parish School System launched the Magnet Program, expanding on the theme-based and unique programming already offered through language immersion. The Magnet Program will serve as a bridge between parents, the community, and support the district's desegregation efforts. The Magnet Program will cultivate critical thinking, cultural awareness, and equip learners with the tools to navigate a diverse world. Magnet academies play a vital role in innovative education practices by providing unique themed pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) through fifth (5th) grade academy programs, offering parents and families diverse educational options aligned with our desegregation efforts for the Early Learning Center and St. Martinville Primary. 

In addition to French Immersion, St. Martin Schools now also provides students and families an amazing opportunity through a whole-school S.T.E.A.M.-centered concept, incorporating an exploratory arts and science integration model. Early learners in pre-K will be introduced to an exploratory, combined S.T.E.M. and arts-integrated, classroom model aligned with state guidelines. The new  S.T.E.A.M. Academies will be launched in St. Martinville and open to all resident students of St. Martin Parish. The magnet program will be engaging, attractive, rigorous, and innovative and designed to provide a stimulating learning environment that exposes students to diverse perspectives that will challenge them to become critical thinkers and productive citizens, culturally responsive to the needs of others.

MISSION STATEMENT

With a focus on desegregation and diversity, the mission of the St. Martin Parish School System Magnet Academies is to establish an educational environment where every student excels. Driven by targeted S.T.E.A.M.-themed instruction and elevated academic standards, the commitment is to actively foster engagement among individuals from diverse backgrounds. Emphasizing the critical importance of Majority-to-Minority (M-to-M) desegregation, St. Martin Parish School System aims to create an inclusive learning community that celebrates and values diversity. Through these efforts, the goal is to empower every student, ensuring they feel welcomed and supported on their educational journey.

VISION STATEMENT

St. Martin Parish School System academy scholars will achieve academic and social excellence by reducing racial isolation in a welcoming and nurturing environment by fostering interaction among students of different social, economic, and racial backgrounds to succeed in their future academic and professional careers in diverse communities through unique, theme-based magnet programming. 

GOALS

To achieve our mission and vision of redesigning our schools into S.T.E.A.M. Magnet Academies, we developed the following goals: 

  • Diversity/Desegregation: Increase balanced racial diversity amongst the student population by attracting parents and families of different social, economic, and racial backgrounds through unique theme-based S.T.E.A.M. programming. 
  • Academic Achievement: Increase academic success through a challenging and diverse learning environment that inspires and empowers all students to achieve their potential. 
  • Professional Learning: Provide high-quality professional learning that empowers educators to excel in integrating magnet themes and positive behavioral interventions.
  • Magnet Theme: Implement evidence-based, whole-school, integrated S.T.E.A.M. programs.
  • School Climate: Cultivate fair, inclusive, and engaging school cultures.

St. Martin Schools S.T.E.A.M. Academies

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) is a classroom-based teaching and learning approach combining science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math to guide student exploration, discussion, and problem-solving. The District's two new S.T.E.A.M. Academies are now located at Early Learning Center (ELC) and St. Martinville Primary (SMP) campuses, in St. Martinville. The program features a whole-school S.T.E.A.M.-centered concept, incorporating an exploratory arts and science integration model. Early learners in pre-K will be introduced to an exploratory, combined S.T.E.M. and arts-integrated, classroom model aligned with state guidelines. Students from Kindergarten to 5th grade will enjoy arts-integrated lessons and activities, such as S.T.E.A.M., integrated throughout their curriculum. Students in grades K through 5 will also have opportunities to engage in visual and graphic arts, music, and dance/drama. These options will be available during regular school hours, after school, and in the summer program. 

Our two new S.T.E.A.M. magnet schools are:

  • St. Martin Early S.T.E.A.M. Academy, formerly Early Learning Center (ELC)
  • St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academy, formerly St. Martinville Primary (SMP)

The S.T.E.A.M. programming is designed to teach students at the magnet schools to experiment like scientists, produce with technology, build like engineers, create like artists, and solve problems like mathematicians. From engineers to astronauts, hurricane hunters to scientists, St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academies incorporate guest speakers and lectures into small classroom settings and whole-school presentations to enhance S.T.E.A.M. scholars' knowledge and interest. 

Application Process and Timeline

The application process is designed to prioritize desegregation goals and promote racially diverse campuses utilizing priority-based admissions. The application period each year is from the first day of the Spring semester to May 1 and does not require any special academic admission criteria for prospective or current students. If May 1 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the application period will close at 4:30 p.m. on the following Monday. The magnet school application period will run at the same time as the current district Majority-to-Minority (M-to-M) application and transfer process, beginning the first day of the Spring semester of each year. 

Interested parents of eligible M-to-M transfer students will only need to submit one magnet application for an M-to-M transfer to one of the magnet schools. The application will be available online and a paper copy will be available for families with technology limitations. Magnet Academies staff are available to assist parents and families with the application completion and submission. 

Each application will be reviewed for completion and accuracy beginning the first week of February of each year. Parents will be notified by email and follow-up phone calls to correct any missing or inaccurate information on the applications. Parents requesting sibling priority* must provide documentation to the Magnet Academies office.

*The District recognizes siblings as any brothers and/or sisters by blood, adoption, marriage, or permanent court-appointed guardianship who reside at the same address

Parents and/or guardians will be notified of acceptance by phone calls to the phone number on file, by email through the application selection software, and paper notices will be mailed to the address on file. Notifications will be sent one (1) week after the close of applications each year. Parents will receive three (3) additional contacts through various methods (i.e., JCall, email, letter) to remind them of their acceptance and clearly identified deadlines and enrollment processes. Parents will have an opportunity to attend open house sessions at each school upon the close of applications and prior to formalizing their decision to enroll in the magnet school. Parents will have three (3) weeks to accept placement through the application portal and will be placed on the waitlist once the acceptance deadline has passed. 

The St. Martin Parish School System considers student attendance and academic continuity crucial to student success. Therefore, all interested students must be enrolled at the respective magnet school within two (2) weeks of the start of the new school year, each year. Students not enrolled and who are not zoned for either of the two magnet schools must follow the District’s current school M-to-M transfer policy. Once a student is accepted, they will not need to reapply for the following years. Students attending St. Martin Early S.T.E.A.M. Academy pre-K-1 will automatically be moved to St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academy campus. 

In the event the Magnet Academy program applications exceed the capacity of the schools each year, the application selection software will be activated to select students based on priority tiers. An automated waitlist process, based on priority, will be activated to offer admissions to those on the waitlist as space becomes available. No M-to-M student transfer requests will be denied acceptance due to capacity issues. 

Priorities

Aligned with the Consent Order, the District will implement a priority-tiered system to place students for enrollment in the two schools, including waitlisted students. Students admitted according to priority will be admitted before considering the next student eligible based on the tier they qualify for. The tiers are as follows, in order of priority consideration:

Students zoned for the magnet school per district school zone policy are automatically accepted in accordance with board policy.

  1. Students who qualify for a Majority-to-Minority (M-to-M) transfer in accordance with district M-to-M policy.
    1. Siblings of current students who will be returning to one of the academy schools the following school year.
    2. Families applying to the same school will receive preference. 
  2. Students of employees at St. Martin Early S.T.E.A.M. Academy and St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academy.

Students currently attending or zoned for St. Martin Early S.T.E.A.M. Academy and St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academy will be guaranteed automatic admission to the new whole-school magnet programs. Siblings of students currently attending through a prior M-to-M transfer will be given priority admission to their respective academy schools once new M-to-M transfer students applications have been processed.

Students whose race is in the majority at the school they attend (i.e. Parks Primary, Cecilia Primary, Teche Elementary) who wish to transfer to the St. Martin Early S.T.E.A.M. Academy or St. Martin S.T.E.A.M. Academy where their race is in the minority, will be eligible for admission per the District’s transfer policy. Students from other schools or zones within St. Martin Parish, such as those enrolled in charter or private schools, or who are homeschooled, will receive priority based on the desegregation goals of the district and the requirements of the district’s M-to-M transfer policy. 

Magnet Academies Withdrawal

St Martin Parish School System recognizes students may need to withdraw from the S.T.E.A.M. schools for various reasons throughout the year. For auditing purposes, parents will be required to complete a magnet program withdrawal survey form to provide the District with important feedback and the reason for the withdrawal as listed below.

  1. Majority-to-Minority Withdrawals (M-to-M): Students attending either of the two schools through M-to-M transfer shall follow the District’s M-to-M withdrawal process, which requires students to remain at the current schools of enrollment through the end of the school year unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
  2. District Exits: While it is the preference for students to remain in their school of enrollment for the duration of a school year to maintain the continuum of quality education, the District understands some students may move out of the parish or enroll in private or charter schools. Students leaving the District shall follow the District’s exit process found on the District’s website.

 Magnet Re-Entry: In accordance with school board policy, students zoned for either of the magnet schools will receive priority placement upon returning and will not be waitlisted. If a student who is not zoned to the school decides to return to one of the magnet schools and is not zoned to the school, parents will need to submit a new application. Students returning after exiting the magnet program will be accepted according to priority tiers on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once a school is at enrollment capacity, all returning students not-zoned to the school will be placed on a waitlist.

 Transportation

Free bus transportation will be provided parish-wide to bus students from other attendance zones in St Martin Schools to the magnet schools. This will include all students enrolled in the program, incoming zoned students, and students enrolled in the M-to-M Program. In addition, grant-funded transportation will be provided to students who participate in after-school and summer extracurricular programs. Extended care will be provided for students and will run until the last extracurricular activity concludes, then transportation will be provided to drop-off points. Extended care will include theme-related activities and increase relationship-building between students from different communities. Students will receive a snack, academic tutoring, homework monitoring, and enrichment in technology.

Application Portal

COMING SOON! 

While the Magnet Program finalizes the online application system, interested parents can email magnet@stmartinschools.org for an alternative online link or paper copy of the application. 

Apply now!

*NOTE: Students currently zoned for Early Learning Center (ELC) and St. Martinville Primary (SMP) will automatically be accepted into the academies as first priority. Students eligible for M-to-M transfer, per district policy, will be granted priority and no student shall be denied due to capacity. 

Open Houses and Information Sessions

Beginning in January each year, the Magnet Academies staff will be available at the district's M-to-M transfer information sessions to provide important magnet school information for interested families of M-to-M eligible students. Beginning February each year and throughout the year, the District will provide at several open house events at the magnet schools and other K-12 schools in the parish to better introduce programs and schools in an informal setting. This will allow prospective students and families to interact with current students and parents to learn first-hand the impact and opportunities available through the Magnet Program. Efforts will be made to conduct tours in small groups during the day to allow for ongoing conversations regarding the magnet program with educators and students from the schools serving as guides.

A scheduled tour will take place for newly selected students during the last week of school in the evening so all parents and new students can learn about their magnet school. Parents interested in scheduling a tour can email magnet@saintmartinschools.org.

Forms and Resources

Magnet and Desegregation Plan

The U.S. District Court has entered an order in the District's desegregation case which includes changes in the Catahoula, St. Martinville, Parks, and Breaux Bridge attendance zones as well as improvements in the Majority-to-Minority transfer program, among other things. On January 8, 2024, the District submitted a revised Magnet Implementation Plan (click on the link below to view), and is in the process of working with the Plaintiff Parties to revise the plan for final submission to the Court. 

SMPSB Magnet Schools Plan (January 2024 submission)

*Please be advised the information in the plan above is not final, as dates and curriculum information may have changed during the revision process. Please contact magnet@saintmartinschools.org for more information. 

SMPSB Magnet Schools Proposal (September 2023 draft version submitted to the Court)

Magnet Implementation Plan Hearing and Court Submission Dates:

January 4, 2024: Submitted the Revised Magnet Implementation Plan

January 18-23, 2024: Public hearing on the Revised Magnet Implementation Plan submitted on January 4, 2024

January 25, 2024: Oral Decision from the Court

February 26, 2024: Status Conference Hearing 

*Hearing on the final Magnet Implementation Plan to be determined by Court.

 

 

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