Applications open for first middle school magnet school

November 18, 2019

Applications are now open for Northside ISD’s first middle school magnet school. The Jones Magnet School will be STEM-focused and welcome 140 students in the inaugural sixth grade class in August 2020.

Current fifth graders can apply to attend. The online application is available on the Jones Magnet School website. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2020. All qualified students will be placed in a lottery to select 140 students.

Housed at Jones Middle School, the innovative program will offer advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in robotics, computer science, biotechnology, and engineering. Students will take Pre-AP, STEM-tailored science and math courses. 

The school will host two open house events in December for prospective students and families.

  • Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At each event, Jones Magnet staff will deliver a short presentation, answer questions, and lead tours of the school. Current Jones students and staff and Jay Science and Engineering Academy students will also be in attendance.

The curriculum will be closely aligned with the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy. Upon successful completion of the Jones Magnet School, students will be automatically accepted to Jay SEA.

In addition to a full range of Pre-AP and GT courses, Jones Magnet School students will have the opportunity to earn up to three high school credits via the CTE electives designed for the program. Students also have the opportunity to earn additional high school credit in courses like Algebra 1, Spanish, Art 1 or AVID. This will allow them additional flexibility in high school for AP and Dual Credit courses, and internships and externships.

Students will also be able to participate in Jones Middle School activities including fine arts, athletics, and clubs and organizations.

Xavier Maldonado, formerly the vice principal at Stinson Middle School, was appointed the first Academic Dean of the school.

The District will renovate existing classroom at Jones Middle School to accommodate larger than normal math and science classrooms designed for collaboration and group learning centers. There will also be space for 3D printers, robotics, and maker spaces. 

Transportation will be provided for eligible students and there will be a uniform dress policy.

Students and families can learn more about the program by visiting the Jones Magnet School website, following the school on Twitter, and speaking to their elementary school counselors.