In Mansfield ISD, parents and students have the opportunity to choose the educational pathway that is the best fit for them, even if it is located outside of their designated attendance zone.
The offerings range from two-way dual language programs and leadership academies to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) academies and an Early College High School.
For fall 2021, the district will expand its offerings even more.
Three STEM programs will be added within the newly built Brenda Norwood Elementary School, Alma Martinez Intermediate School and Charlene McKinzey Middle School.
At Norwood Elementary and Martinez Intermediate, there will also be a fine arts academy.
“I think the thing that’s unique about the fine arts integration academies is that we’re taking those core academic subjects our students have to go through—math, science, social studies, English language arts—and we’re finding some new ways to integrate all four of the fine arts disciplines—art, music, dance and theatre—into those cores subjects,” said Dr. Russell Sanders, director of fine arts.
The new fine arts and STEM academies will be available for third- and fourth-graders at Norwood Elementary and fifth- and sixth-graders at Martinez Intermediate.
The STEM Academy at McKinzey Middle School will be available to students in grades 7-8.
Mansfield ISD will host a Power of Choice Virtual Expo on Saturday, Oct. 24 to provide an overview of the district’s STEM, fine arts and Early College High School programs. The event is geared toward students entering grades 3-9 in the 2021-22 school year.
“The Power of Choice initiative is a very unique feature of Mansfield ISD and gives students the incredible opportunity to pursue something they’re passionate about,” said Jennifer Young, chief innovation officer. “And they can start that as early as kindergarten and take that all the way up through high school.”
Additional parent meetings will be held in November before the application window to the choice programs opens in January 2021. All students wishing to be in the STEM or fine arts academy must apply even, if they are already zoned to one of the schools.
View more information about MISD’s Power of Choice here.