• W.A. Perry Middle-BLAST Magnet

    Program Description:

    Middle School BLAST logoThrough the Richland One BLAST (Building Lasting Aerospace STEAM Trajectories) Magnet Program at W.A. Perry Middle, 6th-8th grade students are engaged in hands-on, project-based learning of Aerospace curriculum through a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) approach.

    Our Aerospace magnet students are supported by experiential learning, consisting of multiple projects throughout the school year that require planning, experimenting, data collection, presentation of results and reflection. This rigorous, fast-paced curriculum challenges students to achieve high levels of engagement and success through our project-based learning units built upon South Carolina state standards.

    Our STEM-based theme serves to ignite curiosity, promote exploration and foster collaboration and scientific thinking through hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences. The inter-disciplinary curriculum provides students with strong foundational knowledge and emphasizes understanding of the world around them.

    BLAST Magnet Pathway: Students who attend our BLAST Magnet program have the unique opportunity to experience a STEM integrated curriculum and Aerospace Pathway from Kindergarten-12th grade (from Watkins Nance Aerospace Magnet to W.A. Perry Middle Aerospace Magnet to the National Defense Magnet at Columbia High).

    To create a seamless transition, eight-grade students in the Aerospace Magnet Program at W.A Perry Middle will automatically be enrolled in ninth grade in the National Defense Magnet at Columbia High School.


    Program Location: W.A. Perry Middle School

    Program Type: School-within-a-school model

    Grades: 6th-8th Grades

    Eligibility Criteria: Open to all Richland One students

    Student Selection Method: Lottery

    Enrollment Capacity: 20 spots per grade level (6th-8th)

    W.A. Perry Middle School


    January 4 – 10:00 am – virtual 

    January 5 – 12:30 pm – virtual 

    January 10 – 5:30 pm – in person 

    January 12 – 10:00 am – virtual 

    January 17 – 5:30 pm – virtual 

    January 18 – 12:30 pm – virtual 

    January 25 – 12:30 pm – virtual 

    January 25 –  5:30 pm – virtual 

    January 30 – 10:00 am – virtual 

    January 31 – 5:30 pm – in person 

    Bus Transportation: Provided for all students

    Contact: Lisa Payton, Assistant Principal, 803.256.6347, lisa.payton@richlandone.org ; Dr. Robin Coletrain, Principal, (803) 256-6347, robin.coletrain@richlandone.org