What's it Like
So you might be wondering what life is like as a magnet. The first difference students would probably note is the eight-period school day, rather than a seven-period day, meaning the school day ends at 3:00pm instead of 2:10pm. However, adjusting to the longer school day doesn't take long and after-school activities don't start until 3:05pm. In addition, Blair's block scheduling helps with the homework load. While most high schoolers have all seven classes everyday, Blair students only have five classes everyday. Magnets have fifth and eighth period for 45-minutes everyday, but first, third, and seventh and second, fourth and sixth every other day for 90-minutes. If you have only had 45-minute classes, 90-minute classes are also easy to adjust to. Some magnets who have not had block scheduling before feel that the biggest benefit of blocked scheduling is that the 90-minute classes don't feel rushed.
What's so special about magnet courses, you may ask? First, magnet teachers expect high-quality work from students. The topics covered in magnet classes are also found in college courses. However, that doesn't mean that the concepts are impossible to grasp. With magnet teachers, classmates, and magnets from other grades help, students are able to understand what is being taught. Furthermore, since magnet courses go above and beyond regular high school courses, alumni often appreciate going through the magnet because they already know most of the units in some of their college courses, making certain courses a breeze. But, don't assume that such rigorous classes can't be fun, because they can be!
Outside of Academics
Aside from engaging in demanding courses, magnets participate in other activities, such as extracurricular activities and school clubs. Magnets take part in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Some students play instruments or sports. Students still find time to relax and unwind.