• Career Exploration Magnet Program

  • Program Description:

    explore Middle school students in the Richland One Career Exploration Magnet Program have multiple opportunities to explore various careers 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 is a Leader in Me School, and 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


    Click the link at one of the scheduled times listed below to join. No pre-registration is required. 

    • Tuesday-1/3/2023- 10:00am- 11:00am- Parent Informational Session

      Monday-1/9/2023- 10:00am- 11:00am- Parent Informational Session

      Friday-1/13/2023- 3:30pm- 4:30pm- Parent Informational Session

      Tuesday-1/17/2023- 5:00pm- 6:00pm- Parent Informational Session

      Join us in person at one of the following dates/times/locations:

      Wednesday-1/4/2023- 5:00pm- 6:00pm- Parent Informational Session

      (W. G. Sanders Media Center)

      Thursday-1/19/2023- 10:00am- 11:00am- Parent Informational Session

      (W. G. Sanders Media Center)


     Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88357887207?pwd=L1RoR3lUUGc5UWU0ZDYvdDkxQTNRdz09 

    Meeting ID: 883 5788 7207

    Passcode: DzfxN0