District to Open Middle School Magnet

December 26, 2016 10:00 AM
Roosevelt students create an obstacle.

The District is excited to introduce its third Magnet School and the first at the middle school level. The Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy Magnet School (RCCBA) will open in the fall of 2017. It will provide three pathways that will encompass key areas of businesses today and provide real-world learning experiences for students in grades 6 – 8.

The first pathway will be leadership, building on the theme of the kindergarten – fifth grade Kenwood Leadership Academy. This pathway will emphasize entrepreneurship and how leadership impacts our personal, business, and community lives and well-being.  The second pathway will be a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) pathway extending the focus of the K-5 Johnson STEAM Academy. This pathway will provide students with opportunities in various career areas using the universal design concepts found in businesses across the STEAM content areas. The third pathway further expands the business model, while celebrating the diversity of both the Roosevelt students and the community. 

Overall, the new middle school magnet will provide a learning environment that honors Roosevelt’s vision to Educate/Empower/Achieve, as well as its mission to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum that empowers all students to become creative problem solvers and effective communicators in a diverse and dynamic world. 

A community partner shows students a concept.“The school’s focus will provide students and staff with some of the more innovative and cutting edge practices related to instruction, student engagement; student, teacher and community collaboration; and authentic community projects and audiences,” explained 
Autumn Pino, Roosevelt Principal. “These approaches will provide powerful and relevant teaching and learning experiences for students, staff, and the community partners engaged with us.” 

Two students diagram a solution to a problem.

RCCBA will be draw on innovative learning structures from the Roosevelt Option, which was created in 2014 and currently provides an opportunity for 8th grade students to experience core concepts using a community model that promotes a blended, project-based approach to learning, within a flexible schedule. Students in the new magnet school will be immersed in learning where the subject lines are blurred but visible. They will be asked to apply their learning in a variety of ways and will be able to work at their own pace and choose how and when they get their week-to-week work accomplished. Students needing further support and instruction will have access to rigorous and relevant, seminar-style instruction. Finally, students will apply their knowledge in a project-based learning environment that works in conjunction with businesses from the corridor area. 

Roosevelt students work together to overcome a challenge.“The most exciting part of RCCBA is that our students will be able to partner with local businesses to immerse themselves in the real “context” of the professional community and to learn more about their expectations, their valuable knowledge within the field, and their hopes for our future workforce,” explained Lindsay Micek, Roosevelt Magnet Coordinator. “Community members and business leaders will be in classrooms weekly and utilized as context experts during on-going project based learning experiences. Students will be engaging in the work both in the newer structures of school and going beyond the four walls of Roosevelt out into the community.”  

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