Science Magnet Program: Seabrook Intermediate
In the 1993-94 school year, Clear Creek ISD began offering a Science Magnet Program at Seabrook Intermediate School for students in grades 6-8. The school provides a unique science curriculum for all students while providing additional science electives and opportunities for students enrolled in the Science Magnet Program.
In addition, the site serves as a Service Learning Center for all schools in the District. The Learning Center includes a Living Materials Center and Greenhouse. The Living Materials Center and Greenhouse provide live plants and animals for use in classrooms across the District. Elementary school students in the district can enjoy outreach programs brought to their schools through the Living Materials Center. It is also used for special activities for the Science Magnet Program and Seabrook Intermediate students.
Benefits of the Science Magnet Program
How does the program benefit the student?
The science curriculum at Seabrook Intermediate School has been replaced with an unparalleled selection of one-semester courses. A one-semester science course is required at each grade level. All students at Seabrook Intermediate School choose an additional semester science course to fulfill the state and district science requirements for the year. Science Magnet Program students select additional science electives from among a list of electives dealing with applications of science and skills. Students also take special sections of Science Research and Scientific Reading. Project CATS (Cooperatively Attaining Teamwork Skills) is a required elective at the 6th grade level. In addition, the Science Magnet Program provides enrichment opportunities and field trips throughout the year for the students and their families. Partnerships with local businesses, Moody Gardens, and NASA/Johnson Space Center foster a greater involvement of the community into the classroom and the classroom into the real world.
How does the program benefit Seabrook Intermediate?
The Science Magnet Program provides curriculum enhancement for all students within the school. The science curriculum and Science Magnet events encourage a multidisciplinary approach to instruction. The Science Magnet Program has resulted in the construction of an additional academic wing which not only includes science facilities, but also two computer labs, an Exploring Technology class, and Greenhouse. The Living Material Center is also housed in this wing and trains Science Magnet and regular Seabrook student volunteers to assist with animal care.
How does the program benefit the district?
The Seabrook Science Magnet Program is made available to all Clear Creek ISD students entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades by application only. The program is designed to offer an enriched science curriculum to students with an interest in and love for science, rather than an accelerated program exclusively for high-ability students. In addition to the curriculum offerings, a Living Material Center has been established on the Seabrook campus. The Living Materials Center houses over 60 species of live animals and supplies some of these animals to District classrooms. Science Magnet students may go through training to volunteer in the Living Materials Center.