• Career Exploration Magnet Program

  • Program Description:

    explore Middle school students in the Richland One Career Exploration Magnet Program have multiple opportunities to explore various career pathways through academic and leadership development. Through a rigorous, fast-paced curriculum, students achieve high levels of engagement and success through our project-based learning units that are built around South Carolina state standards.

    Each day, students make meaningful connections between what they are learning in class and the world around them. W.G. Sanders students are given multiple opportunities to serve in leadership capacities in their communities, school and country.

    From touring our nation’s capital to participating in entrepreneurship tours on Wall Street, to spending two days in leadership retreats geared just for middle schoolers, our students are on the go and making connections to the world around them. Ongoing parent involvement through workshops and programs is highly encouraged for students participating in the magnet program.

    Secondary Pathway: Eighth-grade Career Exploration students will automatically be enrolled as freshmen in one of the four Career Academies at W.J. Keenan High School.


    Program Location: W.G. Sanders Middle School

    Program Type: School-within-a-school model

    Grades: 6-8

    Eligibility Criteria:  "Open to all Richland One students that complete the application process for the Magnet Program, attend a Parent Information Session, and complete and submits an Acceptance Form" 

    Student Selection Method: 

    • Lives in R1
    • Completes application
    • Attends a Parent Information Session 
    • Completes and submits an Acceptance Form

    Enrollment Capacity: 60 slots per grade level (6-8)

    Bus Transportation: Provided for all students

    Contact: Andrenna Smith, principal, (803) 738-7575, Candi Parnell at candice.parnell@richlandone.org, (803) 738-7575


    VIRTUAL Meeting Dates, Times, and Platform:

    • Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
    • Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 12:00 PM - 12: 40 PM 

      • Virtual Meeting Platform - Zoom  

      • Topic: Career Magnet at WG Sanders Parent Information Sessions for 2023 - 2024 School Year

        • Meeting ID: 863 9784 0910
    • Notes: You will be placed in a waiting room until the host admits participants. Meetings will be no longer than 40 minutes (Zoom limit).  

    IN PERSON Meeting Dates, Times, and Location:

    • Thursday, February 1, 2024 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - WG Sanders Media Center (Park in front of the school)
    • Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - WG Sanders Media Center (Park in front of the school)
    • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - WG Sanders Media Center (Park in front of the school)