Orville Wright Middle School in Westchester has announced plans to convert into a full magnet school and will host an open house on the transition from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14.
Beginning in August, Orville Wright will operate as the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) magnet, and teachers will integrate the concepts of engineering and design throughout the curriculum.
The conversion to magnet comes after Westchester High School opened as Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets in the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
In a letter to parents, Orville Wright Principal Stephen Rochelle said students at each grade level will engage in project-based learning that requires problem solving and collaboration. Students will learn how to use technology to design useful applications and machines, and the magnet will offer a wider range of electives including Spanish, beginning instruments and art, Rochelle said.
The STEAM magnet is expected to serve up to 820 students and all current students will be enrolled in the new magnet, the principal said.
During the open house, a presentation will be given for parents and community members, who will have the chance to learn more about the new program.
Orville Wright is at 6550 W. 80th St., Westchester.

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