Islesboro Central School is expanding its popular magnet program. In an effort to increase diversity for its middle and high school student bodies, ICS is seeking motivated students who are interested in low teacher/student ratios and individual attention. We currently have 14 magnet students and have limited space for more.

There will be an information session Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Current magnet students and their parents will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions.

Islesboro Central School is undergoing significant growth and change. The school community is in the midst of strategic planning that will update the curriculum to better prepare students for the 21st century. Also, renovation of the beautiful historic school building has begun, expanding needed classroom space and incorporating fuel-efficient, cost-saving technology. Renovation will be complete by the fall of 2010.

Being a small school, ICS is able to participate in many programs that larger mainland schools cannot. Recently ICS has formed partnerships with institutions such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Maine Maritime Academy, with projects ranging from science to journalism.

Islesboro Central School can offer students opportunities that combine the best of both worlds —- challenging, innovative, world-class programs in a small school setting. It is Islesboro Central School’s goal that every student reach his or her full potential at ICS and beyond.

For more information, contact Melissa Olson, magnet program coordinator, at 734-2251. Also, visit the new Web site at