Why Choose a Magnet School ?

When you choose a Unit 4 Magnet School, you’ll find that your kids become resilient and empowered. With specialized learning themes, Magnet Schools encourage students to become doers today, learn innovative, problem-solving approaches that truly prepare them for tomorrow.

How to Choose a Magnet School

Magnet Schools attract families from all backgrounds, races, and achievement levels. Regardless of where you live in the Unit 4 district, you can choose an elementary or middle Magnet School —
they’re free and open to all students.

Meet our Magnet Schools

Grades K-5

At Garden Hills Academy, our focus on STEM education prepares elementary-school kids for a lifetime of serious inquiry and analytical thinking, while our leadership program empowers them to become tomorrow’s global citizens.

Grades K-5

Stratton Arts Academy in downtown Champaign teaches the elementary-school core curriculum through an arts lens, including visual art, music, drama, and dance. Kids can pursue their choice of artistic expression, and gain exposure to professional artists and opportunities to perform.

Grades 6 - 8

At Franklin STEAM Academy, we instill the excitement of learning in our middle-school students. Through our project-based curriculum, they satisfy curiosity, construct knowledge, take responsibility, and gain independence that prepares them for adulthood.

Inside our Magnet Schools

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