Magnet Schools (1st – 5th
The Magnet Program in Decatur, Alabama, was established in 1980
for selected, high-achieving students as well as intellectually
gifted students. Selected students throughout the city in the first
and second grades attend Benjamin Davis Elementary School and those
in the third, fourth and fifth grades attend Leon Sheffield Elementary
School. Although the program is located on two campuses, administrators
and facilities work together to insure continuity and ease of transition.
Curriculum offerings stress the Alabama Courses of Study as a spring
board for supplemental activities. Thematic units, compacting time
to work on enrichment projects, hands-on activities, computers at
all grade levels, Spanish instruction, and the pursuit of individual
student interests help make the magnet program unique.