MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A celebration to recognize the 30 year anniversary of being the first magnet school in Mobile County was held at Council Tradition School in downtown Mobile.
The magnet school program was established as a result of a desegregation lawsuit, Davis vs the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County, which lasted for years in the court system and was finally dismissed in 1997.
Magnet schools were intended as a form of voluntary desegregation, meaning students from anywhere in the county could apply to them, based on their interest in the academic focus of the school.
In the case of Council, the school focuses on high academic standards. It was the first to implement the highest academic standard in the world into an elementary school, the International Baccalaureate program.
Each year there is a waiting list of students whose parents want to enroll them at Council.
There are currently seven magnet schools in Mobile County for elementary and middle school students.
Applications for all of them are being accepted now through May. Here is a link with more information about Mobile County Magnet Schools.