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Decatur Public Schools' 3 magnet programs accepting applications

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Decatur Public Schools accepting applications 

Decatur Public Schools' three magnet programs are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.

The application process has been changed, and families can submit a single application, ranking their preference of program, and must attend only one of several orientation sessions:

5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, Johns Hill Magnet School.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, French Academy.

10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, Garfield Montessori School.

The programs and their themes include American Dreamers STEM Academy, grades K-7, which will be at the current Enterprise School, 2115 S. Taylor Road. Emphasis: science, technology, engineering and math. Eighth grade will be added in August 2021.

Johns Hill Magnet School, grades K-8. Emphasis: visual and performing arts, with foreign language and the district's English as a second language program.

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Montessori Academy for Peace, grades K-8, which will be located at the former Thomas Jefferson building, 4735 E. Cantrell. Emphasis: the Montessori method, which encourages independence, self-discipline and personal responsibility.

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Additionally, Richland's EnRich Program: Technical + Essential Skills = Changed Lives has been selected as a top 10 finalist in the 2020 Community College Futures Assembly.

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Millikin University Black History Month events planned

Black History Month activities are planned throughout the month at Millikin University.

Highlights include an art display noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the University Commons, featuring Antonio Burton, also known as Toni Picasso, who will create an original painting from 2 to 3 p.m. Burton is a native of Decatur.

For more information about the month's activities, call the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, (217) 424-6335 or email Tonya Hines at


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