The Westerville school district announced Monday, March 1, that it will add classes to its math and science magnet program next year.

The Westerville school district announced Monday, March 1, that it will add classes to its math and science magnet program next year.

A magnet program will be established at Robert Frost Elementary, beginning with first- and second-grade classes. Each year, a new first-grade class will be added until there is a full first- through fifth-grade magnet program at the school.

Magnet schools teach the same state-required standards as regular elementary schools but focus on a particular subject or subjects.

Westerville currently has four magnet schools, two of which - Central College and Longfellow - focus on math and science. Hanby Magnet School focuses on the arts, while Emerson Magnet School focuses on world cultures.

This school year, chief of academic affairs Diane Conley said the district had 85 students on its waiting list for the four magnet schools, with the highest demand for the math and science program.

Expanding the math and science magnet program also makes sense, Conley said, because of the state's continued focus on STEM (science, technology, engineer and math) courses.

"That made it easy to decide which programs we wanted to expand into a school," Conley said.

For more on this story, see the March 4 edition of ThisWeek Westerville.