The city of Montgomery, which is the Capital of Alabama, lacks the student need for advance education. According to the Montgomery Public School System web page, there are a total of 31,316 students enrolled in the Montgomery Public School System. There are a total of 36 schools, elementary, middle, and high schools combined. There are a total of 36 schools, elementary, middle, and high schools combined, in the Montgomery County area. That includes 9 magnet schools throughout Montgomery, which spread out between elementary, middle, and high schools.
The Montgomery Public School System web sites states, “MPS is the third largest school system in the state with 51 schools, more than 31,000 students and 3,940 employees.” Out of those 51 school, 9 are magnet schools for advance education. According to Sarah Cantey , News Anchor from Channel 8 news states, “In fact, there are 2,000 students on the waiting list to attend a magnet school. And with 30,000 students enrolled in Montgomery’s school system, officials say they want to know what it would take to bring another school into town.” The county is interested in meeting the needs of the 30,000 students, in the Montgomery public school system.
Students who are advanced learners, with unique gifts, need the skills to enhance their gifts. According to Magnet Schools of America ” Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Stem), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, Micro Society, Career and Technical Education (CTE), World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others.”The Montgomery Public School System, has 2,000 gifted students, who are currently on the waiting the list, to enter their school of choice, that will meet their educational needs.
Rethinking Magnet School Policies and Practices, “ The number of magnet schools and the percent of children attending them are on the rise. Between 1997 and 2005, the number of schools increased by 53 percent, from 1,161 operating in 16 states, to 1,774 in 29 states. Of those states, 24 reported increases in the percentages of all magnet school student.” Magnet schools has doubled, the gifted students with special gifts and talents is still on the rise.