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Local School Signature Programs

In addition to offering a comprehensive high school program, a number of high schools have created signature programs that integrate a specific focus or distinguishing theme with the skills, concepts, and instructional strategies of some portion of a school’s curriculum. The theme or focus becomes the vehicle for teaching the traditional high school curriculum in a fresh, interesting, and challenging way. In some cases, the school may adopt a school- wide signature focus. Some schools have also created themed academies to engage students through a small learning community approach.

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High schools offering signature programs

Col. Zadok Magruder High School

PEAC Scholars at Magruder High School

PEAC Scholars is an inter-disciplinary, four-year college-preparatory cohort. Its focus is on independent learning and the development of sophisticated written and oral communication skills with an emphasis on critical thinking. Students who successfully complete the four year program will:

  • Excel in both written and oral presentation
  • Be fully prepared to be successful in college
  • Be confident forward and independent thinkers, motivated learners and self-advocates.
  • Demonstrate mastery of college-level skills.
  • Be able to participate in higher-level discourse in real world issues.

Magruder Academy Programs

Academies provide a connection between lessons learned in high school classrooms and future careers and/or college while promoting stronger school-business-community relationships. Academies also allow students to participate in internship programs that provide them with experience and a network of contacts in their fields of interest.

  • Project Lead the Way Engineering
  • National Academy Foundation, Academy of Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Army JROTC

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Each academy is open to Magruder students, by application; see website


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