What Is A Magnet School?

A magnet school is a public school which offers a special theme-based curriculum to suburban and urban students in a diverse setting. There is no tuition to attend and transportation is provided to most students. All students must apply through the Regional School Choice Office.

At the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, students are engaged in a rigorous, relevant curriculum which integrates the environmental sciences through the following over-arching goals:

  • Use scientific process/inquiry skills to solve environmental problems and to effectively communicate results.
  • Infer, interpret, and draw conclusions to support arguments with evidence from conflicting views on environmental issues.
  • Use sustainable practices and apply them to real-world situations.
  • Participate in environmentally-based service learning and collaborate with community partnerships.
  • Apply science literacy to new learning’s and observations.
  • Identify environmental factors which effect living organisms.
  • Interpret the local landscape by identifying key features including: flora, fauna, topography, and human impact.