In addition to an uninterrupted core curricular block, we empower and engage learners through a choice of interactive explorations designed to develop and motivate the whole child, while facilitating a positive connection to the local community.
A community where we imagine, explore, create, reflect & celebrate learning.
What is “MAGNETIC” about Barnette Magnet School?
A magnet school is a public school offering innovative courses or programs in order to attract students from a broad urban area. Barnette Magnet School is a public school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, serving approximately 400 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Barnette’s magnet or “draw” is a combination of: small exploration classes, a community-based Friday in Fairbanks Program, and quarterly all-school Exhibit Nights. These are the elements of the school that set it apart from other schools and make the Magnet School experience a rewarding one for both students and parents.
The students’ day at the Magnet School is made up of an uninterrupted morning core of reading, writing, and math followed by an afternoon of student chosen explorations. Exploration classes fall into seven strands that include sciences, social studies, fine arts, movement, languages and cultures, technology, and literature. The exploration classes are multi-age, hands-on, and project based. Explorations change each quarter, allowing students to choose twelve classes a year. Students love their exploration classes and look forward to the quarterly “Exhibit Night” where everyone is able to share their projects with parents, share some food, and possibly perform in the much anticipated Stage Show.
Other elements of the school that make it attractive to families include a creative caring staff, extensive opportunities for parent involvement, strong community involvement, looping core classrooms, after school program, and a host of other enrichment opportunities.