Magnet Programs Information Overview

Huntsville City Schools offers a variety of Magnet Programs which offer specialized pathways of learning along with focused themes that attract a diverse population of students throughout the district.  Our magnet programs offer a variety of themes and unique courses for students that aren't offered in the typical classroom setting. We invite families to view the Magnet Virtual Fair video above and to see the individual program highlights below.

For information about the application process, or to check out the magnet schools and programs themselves, visit the Magnet Programs page.

Full Magnet Programs
Academy for Academics & Arts Elementary & Middle School (AAA)
  • All students are exposed to the arts daily (theatre performance, theatre production, dance, visual arts, vocal and instrumental performance, creative writing and media)/li>
  • Arts instruction is standards based and supported by Magnet standards and pillars
  • Magnet Schools of America Certified Magnet School
  • Direct Pathway to Lee to continue the performing arts pathway

  • Elementary students attend Visual Art and Dance, classes weekly with creative movement in dance and hands-on art lessons derived from standards-based instruction
  • Elementary students, PreK-3rd, attend music classes twice weekly:
    • General Music and Strings/Instrumental
  • Elementary students, grades 4th and 5th, attend music classes three times weekly
  • Sixth-grade students have choir, orchestra, and clowns as options for their music elective in addition to a second arts elective:
    • Dramatic Arts, Dance, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Media Arts
  • Seventh & Eighth grade students have three arts electives with student showcases once a semester
Academy for Science & Foreign Language Elementary & Middle School (ASFL)
  • Students are involved in daily foreign language instruction

  • Students are involved in daily hands-on Science along with AL Science Standards

  • Students are involved in daily unique science based or foreign language club experiences

  • Certified P-8 International Baccalaureate Program

  • US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School

  • Direct Pathway to Columbia to continue the International Baccalaureate pathway

Elementary School
  • Daily French instruction
  • Science lab two times weekly
  • Robotics Club
  • School-wide STEM club
  • Hands-on science experiences through field trips (Dauphin Island, Farm School, Camp McDowell)
  • School-wide participation in parograms to promote international mindedness
  • Service learning opportunities

Middle School
  • Science electives for all students (Zoology, Medical Detectives, Flight and Space, Science Explorers)
  • Robotics
  • Chemistry Troupe
  • Choice between French and Spanish language instruction
  • Future City
  • Hands-on science experiences through field trips (Space Camp, Atlanta, 4H Camp)
  • Service learning opportunities
New Century Technology High School
  • Students engage in 3 strands of study that garners internships or straight to the work force opportunities:

    • Computer Science

    • Biomedical Science

    • Engineering

  • Curricula in focus areas are based on relevant instruction that is developed by teachers and local industry partners

  • Small classroom sizes

  • US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School

  • Magnet Schools of America Certified Magnet School

  • Number 2 high school in the state of AL

  • Consistently places in the US News & World Report listing of top STEM High Schools

Why Choose New Century? 
  • Top high school in the district
  • Only magnet school in Huntsville focused on academics & STEM education
  • High test scores
  • Exciting technology electives
  • Career preparation in a specific area of study
  • Partnerships with local businesses for job shadowing and internship opportunities
  • Access to most all AP classes
  • Diverse, small student body
Programs Within an Existing School
Academy for Gifted & Talented at Williams Middle
  • Small classes with like-minded peers

  • The only middle school in HCS to continue direct gifted support

  • Teachers use cluster grouping and gifted strategies throughout all subject areas

  • STEAM focused instruction that focuses on Engineering, Computer Science, Biomedical Science and Visual Arts

  • Direct Pathway to New Century to continue the STEM pathway


Any 5th-7th grade Huntsville City Schools (HCS) enrolled student who has been identified as Gifted by HCS is eligible to apply to the AGT program.

  • Program takes place at Williams Middle
  • Students have core classes with like-minded gifted peers
  • Teachers receive ongoing professional development for teaching gifted students
  • Inquiry-based learning using interdisciplinary units


Creative & Performing Arts at Lee High
  • Students involved in the Magnet Program are engaged in daily arts instruction based on their chosen program (creative writing, film & video, theatre performance, technical theatre, visual arts, photography, vocal and instrumental performance, and dance)

  • Students have opportunities to participate in crossover arts classes for exposure to all programs

  • Faculty are practicing artist

  • Students have yearly opportunities to interact with professional guest artists

  • Student performances are student based, directed and led

  • Arts classes prepare students for the college setting and straight to the work force (industry) opportunities


Why Choose Lee?

  • Unique programs and classes
  • Collaborative environment
  • Immersion in the arts
  • Student-centered performances and productions
  • Award-winning programs:
    • Alabama Association of School Boards "How We Achieve Excellence in Our Schools" winning video, 2018
    • State Trumbauer placement for theatre, tech, and creative writing
  • Strand-based field trips


Career & Diploma International Baccalaureate Programmes at Columbia High
  • Students are involved in daily instruction that incorporates international mindedness, community awareness, emphasizes college and career readiness skills, and subject matter interconnectedness

  • Students gain skills that encourages them to be independent thinkers, inquirers, positive ways in communicating and interacting with others, and a willingness to tackle new problems and determine solutions


Three Programs:

Middle Years Programme (MYP: 6th-10th Grades)
  • Completion of a Personal Project
  • Two years of language acquisition
  • Holistic teaching that interconnects between subject groups
  • International-mindedness
Diploma Programme (DP: 11th & 12th)
  • 6 college prep courses
  • Theory of knowledge
  • 4,000 word research paper
  • Community service hours
Career Programme (CP: 11th & 12th)
  • 3-4 college prep courses
  • Personal and professional skills
  • 3,000 word ethical dilemma paper
  • Community service hours
  • Career study focused class

Creativity, Activity, and Service
  • Special Olympics Volunteer
    • Event where students can help Special Olympics participants
  • Course Presentations
    • Group 4 Science experiments and art exhibits
  • International Trips
    • Trips planned through various organizations
  • School Clubs/Organizations
    • Various clubs such as Model UN, CyperPatriot, and NHS
College Academy at Jemison High
  • Students will earn their high school diploma while participating/earning 2 years (up to 60 credit hours) of college experience

  • While students are dually enrolled, college expenses are covered by HCS

  • Students gain experience in undergraduate research

  • Students are simultaneously enrolled in high school and college beginning their 9th grade year.


Unique Components

  • Provides students with the greatest access to college-level courses in HCS
  • Provides a summer bridge program to rising 9th grade College Academy students
  • Academic advising to help plan for your future
  • Gain experiences and skills through undergraduate research opportunities
  • College courses taught by college professors
  • Professor office hours on high school campus
  • Substantial financial savings for families
  • Partnership with University of Alabama Huntsville
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Challenges thinking and stretches learning
  • Employs inquiry-based learning


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