Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy
Alocated in southern Alabama , Conecuh County School District is a very small rural district with a total student enrollment of about 1,800 students. Conecuh County is surrounded by Monroe, Escambia, Butler, Covington, and Crenshaw counties-- though slightly larger than Conecuh; they are also rural counties with limited local resources. The nearest magnet programs are located 80 miles south in the urban area of Mobile, Alabama or 80 miles north in the urban area of Montgomery, Alabama. Local children do not have access to the same resources, experiences, educational opportunities, or career role models that children in more urban and suburban areas do. The Conecuh County Board of Education has been on a mission to "level the playing field" and has adopted the theme: ReThinking ReIgniting, ReDesigning and Transforming its schools by looking for innovative educational solutions to change the outcome for their students--especially for their low-income and minority students.
Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy will be a game changer for some of Alabama's most disadvantaged children. It will provide students in grades 6-8 with engaging STEAM- infused curricula and will expose students to high-technology and arts infused curriculum as well. Students will experience tactile development through robotic applications, 3-D printing, digital art, and graphics design, learning though gaming,and computer science. The fine and performing arts components will be integrated with STEM content to provide students with a a seamless educational experience. The art content will play an important role in developing the whole child, enhancing creativity, problem-solving, discipline synthesis, and self-actualization.
At this time, Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy is the first and only fully integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) school in the state of Alabama!
Conecuh County's vision is that Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy will assist the district in achieving greater racial and ethic balance across its schools,as well as support accelerated growth and improved academic achievement for its students in all subject areas. We will better prepare al of our students for 21st century careers.
Southside Preparatory Magnet Academy exists to advance students in the fields of applied science, mathematics, and the arts through consistent opportunities for exploration, exposure, and excellence.
All students can progressively advance toward academic excellence when appropriately exposed to an advanced curriculum filled with explorations.
We envision a world in which every child embraces individuality, exemplifies scholarship, accepts cultural integration, and strives to increase cognitive abilities.