An Open Letter to Parents and Guardians Interested in Westside's Pre-Engineering Magnet Program
What is the Pre-Engineering Magnet Program?
Although the term "engineering" is in the title of our magnet program, our students are certainly not limited to the field of engineering. Students who have an interest in math, science, medicine, or the military as fields of study and as a possible career will benefit from participation in our magnet program. Students who have participated in our program have gone on to college to study civil and mechanical engineering, chemistry, automotive design, acoustics, computer applications and medicine.
How does the program benefit your student?
The magnet program has a core curriculum that focuses on math and science classes, many offered at the advanced, gifted, or AP level. Unique to the magnet program, students are required to take "Principles of Technology" in 9th grade, "Research and Design" in 10th grade, and we are implementing a challenging computer science class for students to take their junior or senior year. Our experience has been that these academic classes at the higher level also offer the benefit of smaller class sizes and more opportunity for teacher-student interaction and instruction. Additional independent study and specialized classes are available for students with an interest in classes not ordinarily offered at the high school level. Our magnet students have more to offer on their college applications, more opportunities for college grants and scholarships, and are well prepared for the rigors of college classes - able to make a smoother transition from the high school to the college environment. Many of our magnet students are now enrolled in engineering programs at Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern.
Even though our program is relatively new, our magnet program students already have a long list of accomplishments and honors. As part of our magnet courses, students taking our sophomore "Research and Design" class routinely participate in competition up to the State level, and we have had no less than 3 students go on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. We have also established a tradition of having students selected for the top 50 research projects in the state of Georgia by invitation to the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium sponsored by the United States Armed Forces and hosted by the University of Georgia. A recent graduate from Westside's magnet program is currently attending the United States Military Academy at West Point under full scholarship. A magnet program student who recently graduated from college is now working for a major oil company as a chemical engineer.
If you would like to learn more or submit an application . . . .
If you would like to learn more about Westside's Engineering Magnet Program, we invite you to view the "Magnet Program PowerPoint" by following the link on the left of this page. To submit an application for your student, you may go to our "Inquiry and Application Form" link.
You may also call (478) 779-3800, fax (478) 779-3832, or use postal mail to request additional information.