Magnet Cluster

  • In 2016-2017, the Enrichment Study Group recommended that the BAS Magnet Program be reorganized in order to benefit more of our accelerated learners and to reflect the district's committment to a growth vs. a performance learning orientation. With Board of Education approval, the district's elementary Magnet Program moved from Spencer Elementary to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in all four elementary schools beginning in 2017-2018. Qualifying students receive differentiated instruction and participate in Academic Enrichment and Magnet Math.

    Qualification for the Magnet Cluster program is based on the district's universal screeners. All students are given nationally-normed tests three times a year so all students have an opportunity to qualify for the program. Students must have had a composite score in the 95th percentile in ELA/Reading. Those students are then given a Math assessment with a 90th percentile requirement. Following testing, the student's' academic history and learning behaviors (necessary for collaborative and independent learning) are considered and given equal weight. The district does not accept outside testing; participation in an accelerated program in another district does not guarantee transfer students participation in the BAS Magnet Cluster program. Students who qualify for the program are placed on a Magnet Cluster team within their current elementary school. Parents are notified by letter if their student has been selected. Acceptance letters are mailed in June.

    If you have questions about the program, please contact your building's Academic Enrichment Coach:

    • Hawkins Elementary School:  Sarah Tchoryk,
    • Hilton Elementary School:  Kim Lewicki,
    • Hornung Elementary School:  Catherine Wagner,
    • Spencer Elementary School:  Gillian McColgan,