Applications are currently being accepted for Mobile County’s newest magnet school for students in grades six through eight.
School officials are urging parents to go online this week to apply, as the first drawing will be Friday.
The Denton Magnet School of Technology will open in August.
The school will provide a quality education that prepares students in grades six through eight to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It will feature a technology-driven curriculum that focuses on communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
Online applications are available on mcpss.com. From the homepage, find the “I want to” menu. Click on “apply for” and then “magnet schools.”
The deadline to apply is May 13, but students have a better chance of getting in if they are included in the first and subsequent drawings.
The Mobile County Board of School Commissioners voted last month to convert Denton Middle School off Azalea Road in Mobile into a magnet school. Officials said there is much-demand for a new magnet middle school, as there is a waiting list of about 800 students to get into the county’s three other magnet middle schools.
The Denton Magnet School of Technology will be a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school with accessible laptops. The media center will become a cutting-edge maker’s space designed to encourage collaboration. Students will be exposed to elements of computer science beyond the use of software applications, such as algorithms, data structures and data management.
Mastery of specific technology tools will be integrated into projects and assignments in core subjects.
The conversion gives MCPSS seven magnet programs. The other magnet middle schools are Phillips Preparatory School, Clark-Shaw School of Math and Science and Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School. MCPSS’ magnet elementary schools are Council Traditional School, Eichold-Mertz School of Math, Science and Technology and Old Shell Road School of Performing Arts.