GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Thousands of parents and students piled into the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion for the annual Guilford County Schools Magnet Fair.
The fair gave parents the chance to learn about magnet schools and find out whether they're right for their children.
Magnet schools offer students specialized learning experiences and allow them to attend schools not necessarily in their district.
School officials say the focus is developing well rounded students.
"When students have an opportunity to learn math concepts within a dance program at Parkview, a child's going to remember those math concepts," said Kelly Hales of Guilford County Schools. "So, it just personalizes learning and gives parents another choice."
There were 54 programs from 46 schools represented, making this the county's largest magnet fair to date.
The programs offer a wide range of options for students, including everything from science and technology to foreign languages.
The county's newest magnet program was also on display at Saturday's fair.
The Advanced Placement Academy at Western Guilford High School, the state's only AP Capstone program, was one of the dozens of programs recruiting students.
If you couldn't make it out to this year's fair, the district is still offering opportunities to learn about local magnet schools.
Here is a list of four High School Options Nights coming up in January and February:
• Wednesday, Jan. 29, Jesse Wharton Elementary, 5813 Lake Brandt Road, Greensboro
• Monday, Feb. 3, Murphey Traditional Academy, 2306 Ontario St., Greensboro
• Thursday, Feb. 6, Parkview Village Expressive Arts Elementary, 325 Gordon St., High Point
• Monday, Feb. 10, Pleasant Garden Elementary, 4833 Pleasant Garden Road, Pleasant Garden.
And, for more information about the area's magnet programs, visit the Guilford County Schools website.
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