Manual Magnets

Information about our magnets...
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The High School University Academic Program is located in Manual's historic building in picturesque Old Louisville, adjacent to the U of L campus. The program seeks students with the potential for high academic achievement. Diversity is evident in both the student body and their courses of study.

Students may choose from a wide range of college preparatory offerings in all academic areas. classes in Manual's magnets are open to students with specialized interests or talents. Manual also offers the most advance placement classes in the state.

A focal point of the High School University Academic Program is the close ties Manual maintains with The University of Louisville. HSU students, along with other magnet students, have access to the University of Louisville campus and resources which include courses, professors, Eckstrom Library, art library, photo archives, Speed Museum, and departmental libraries. Qualified students have the opportunity to earn tuition free hours their junior and senior years. Dual credit courses in United States History, Creative Writing, Humanities, Senior English, and Accounting from the University of Louisville and Bellarmine College are offered on Manual's campus. Students may also go on campus at U of L to take regular college courses. Prerequisites for seniors taking classes on the University of Louisville Belknap Campus are:

  • Minimum 3.4 GPA academic averages
  • Minimum score of 24 on ACT
  • Counselor recommendation

Manual also offers a wide variety of College Board Advanced Placement courses. Upon the completion of these courses, students test for college credit. More than 80 percent of students testing from Manual score high enough to qualify for credit.

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Founded in 1984, duPont Manual High School’s Journalism & Communications Magnet is a unique and exciting high school program that has grown in the last decade to become a model of 21st century learning, challenging students to be innovative, enterprising, creative, and well-versed in media and technology. In 2012, the school’s SBDM council voted to change the magnet’s name from Communications/Media Arts to Journalism & Communication. The change distinguishes the magnet from other programs in Jefferson County Public Schools with similar names but with key differences in mission and scope. The change was also meant to more closely identify the magnet with college programs of similar scope. Students come to J&C with a number of interests and ambitions — most often related to the fields of journalism, broadcasting, photography, graphic design, public relations, business communication, public speaking, politics, and advertising — but these areas of knowledge are applicable to any career or profession. Nationally recognized and awarded, J&C students take exciting and instantly applicable communications-related courses under teachers with professional experience. Students also select AP courses, core content courses and other electives that Manual offers to complete their schedule. The program prides itself on a number of desirable qualities:

  • Students have real world decision-making power as the student press. All students naturally gain confidence when they see their work printed or uploaded, beginning their freshman year. They lead and manage projects and staff members, especially in their junior & senior years in editor and producer positions. Our internship program allows students to engage with the professional world, earning school credit while gaining career experience with businesses and organizations.
  • Students enjoy a close-knit, family-like atmosphere. An emphasis on respect, cooperation, and personal support between students and teachers is a program priority. For example, a summer retreat is held annually for students of publication staffs to learn leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as develop friendships.
  • There are numerous opportunities to travel domestically and internationally each year to conventions (such as the fall 2013 National Scholastic Press Association annual convention in Boston), workshops (such as the 2012 media workshop in China through the Summex program), and reporting opportunities (such as the 2013 Inauguration).
  • Students have access to superior technology. Our computer labs are comprised of iMacs with superior graphics technology. Our photojournalism students can check out professional lenses. We have the best Adobe software products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and InDesign, installed on every computer for page layout, web design, videography, and photography.
  • Personal attention from teachers is standard. J&C teachers go the extra mile for their students to provide opportunities or just lend an ear. The teachers are in constant collaboration with one another — an authentic Professional Learning Community — in order to help students personally and academically. By the time students graduate, J&C teachers have usually worked with students over four years in a myriad of settings, enabling teachers to understand and advocate for their students in a more knowledgable way.
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The Math Science Technology Program was created in 1984 and is designed to provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to be successful in any academic program at any college in the country.

Academic rigor and research is expected of all teachers through the use of challenging homework, projects, class work, and extracurricular activities that will develop good problem solving and critical-thinking skills. Hard work is expected to be the norm, not the exception of teachers and students alike.

Our curriculum… MST students have a core curriculum of required courses and access to 33 AP courses, the largest offering by any high school in the country. Students who achieve at high levels may also qualify to take classes at the University of Louisville.

Extra-curricular… Manual students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of science and math competitions. However, MST students also participate in a wide variety of clubs sponsored by the four other magnet programs at duPont Manual.

Manual is active in Science Olympiad, Kentucky Junior Science and Humanities Competition, Kentucky Junior Academy of Science, Intel Talent Search, National Science Bowl, and Science /Math Proficiency Competition. Manual offers the American High School Math Examination and sponsors a Math team.

Manual is one of only three schools in the US to host it’s own accredited regional science fair, the duPont Manual Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which sends successful projects to the Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair and the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

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The Visual Art Magnet, located at duPont Manual the Magnet High School, was created in 1984 to provide a facility and program for artistically gifted students pursuing an art oriented career. During their four years at Manual, students will produce a portfolio of art work for acceptance to a university or a professional college of art. Many students graduate from Manual Visual Art and succeed in other non-related art careers that require creative problem solving, high order thinking and analytical skills taught in the Visual Art Magnet. See our informational brochure here.

The Visual Art Magnet is located at duPont Manual the Magnet High School with immediate access to programs at the University of Louisville, and the Speed Museum, U of L Photo Archives, the Conrad/Caldwell House, and local galleries.

Students may choose from 19 art classes. All art classes have limited enrollment to provide maximum instruction for all art students.

VA offers the College Board Advanced Placement Program in Art History, Design, Drawing, and 3D Portfolio. Also offered throughout the year: Visiting Professional Artist opportunities, Visiting Art College presentations, National Art Honor Society meetings, Art at the Beach Summer Program for students and for volunteers, special art career emphasis in all art classes, College and Career Day which includes individual art portfolio reviews with top colleges and art schools around the country, and service learning linked opportunities with the galleries at Manual.

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As the most comprehensive performing arts high school in Kentucky, the faculty, staff, and administration of the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) have the distinct opportunity to train, educate, and nurture today’s young talent to become tomorrow’s artists. The school has an environment where creativity and imagination are evidenced daily in the classroom, rehearsals, and performances. Students team with faculty, parents, professional artists, and community members to develop, perfect, and practice their craft in artistic experiences, uncommon to any regular program school setting. Students’ success is founded on commitment and discipline applied to the artistic program, and success is enhanced by the school’s rich diversity and understanding of the creative spirit.

Located in the educational complex adjacent to the University of Louisville, YPAS is one of only two schools in Kentucky to provide high school students with majors in the performing arts. Founded in 1978, YPAS has received local, state, national, and international recognition in the arts. In addition, the Youth Performing Arts School has served as a model for similar schools throughout the nation. As a part of the Jefferson County Public School District, no tuition is required. Transportation is provided; however, students must audition to attend.