Mass Communications Magnet Academy

Magnet applications are online and will be
available November 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Please go to:
to complete an application for the Shaw High
School Mass Communications Academy.

Kimberly White, Business Education Teacher

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Magnet Application Timeline:

  1. The online applications will be open on November 1, 2017 and will close on February 2, 2018.
  2. Student must attend one of the three writing sample dates.
    December 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
    – January 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
    – January 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


Magnet Enrollment Guidelines:

Magnet Enrollment Guidelines:

  1. An approved Academy/Magnet Transfer Request Form is needed for every new magnet student.  This applies to those who reside in the attendance zone and those coming from out of zone.
  2. Each school will send magnet acceptance letters throughout the recruitment time period with final letters being mailed no later than February 7, 2018.

Magnet Writing Test:

Students will be required to attend one of the on-site writing sample dates.  Students will use Microsoft Word, with no Internet access, to write a minimum of five paragraphs from a variety of topics.  The time limit is one hour to complete this writing sample. The dates of the writing sample will be December 12 at 4:00 p.m., January 11 at 6:00 p.m., or January 20 at 10:00 a.m.

This program is to prepare students to move on to post secondary education. A contract between the parents, students, and Shaw High School help ensure an understanding about what is expected while attending this academy.

(if approved, parents will fill out official transfer forms at the school and transportation forms if required)

Volunteering Opportunity

  • Volunteering shows college admissions boards that you have organizational, leadership, and teamwork skills
  • A dedicated volunteer who wants to continue working for their cause in college is definitely a desirable college candidate
  • Volunteering teaches important life skills
  • Being a volunteer is great preparation for a future career (and looks good on a resume)
  • Volunteering allows high school students to give back to society
  • High School students take with them important values as they emerge as adults

Mass Communications Academy Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Mass Communications Academy is to develop in young people the critical skills necessary to succeed in the world of mass communications and mass media through extensive coursework in journalism, video production, web design and print media with an emphasis on students continuing to post-secondary education/training.

Brief overview of the program:

The required classes in this program are:
Introduction to Journalism – Introduces students to journalistic type of writing skills and basic digital photography that will be required during this program and in all mass communications careers.
Introduction to Digital Technology – This class gives students a better understanding of computers, the computer industry, and jobs relating to this area.  Topics include: basic programming concepts, networking concepts, web development concepts, and general computing fundamentals.
Digital Design – Students will create and learn digital media applications using elements of text, graphics, animation, sound, video and digital imaging for various formats.
AV Technology & Film I – This class includes: fundamentals of videography, basic video technology, and other fundamentals required for the industry.
AV Technology & Film II – This continues from level the level one class.

Plus one of the following courses:

AV Technology & Film III – Advanced studies in the proscribed area of study.
Web Design – This class includes: web development, digital image editing, video conversion and formats, plus exposure to app development.
Other available courses if students wish more involvement: Yearbook, Newspaper, & Advanced Video Production.

Students attending Shaw High School as a magnet student must be in magnet classes until they have completed the magnet program of study listed above. If students do not finish the required courses due to lack of time or other circumstances they will not be considered a magnet completer.