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About Our School

About the School

Dixie Magnet Elementary School is the only open-complex school in the district. The open complex nurtures the philosophy of a school family and professional learning community. We give each student a chance to appreciate his uniqueness, realize his full potential, develop and learn according to his own style and ability, and become a responsible, successful learner and citizen. Entrance is determined by a lottery process, or the student must live in the assigned attendance area.

FCPS online application -- The window typically is January 6-22, 2024 for the 24-25 school year. It's not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during the window, and all receive equal consideration.

Our Vision

Dixie strives to positively impact the future by preparing our students to be confident, hardworking, and goal-oriented individuals. Our vision is to strengthen our students' abilities to live healthy, balanced lives in which they both fulfill their responsibilities and use their compassion and creativity to make a positive difference in the world.

We strive to individually prescribe education for all students. In addition, the five components of the arts (music, drama, visual art and media/digital art) are naturally integrated into daily instruction. Our arts integrated approach engages students towards mastery of higher level content through arts infused learning opportunities. Dixie students apply 21st century skills: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Critical, and Creative Thinking, as well as character development and high-quality human relationships.  

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Our Mission

Dixie Magnet Elementary where ALL students learn at high levels through personalized learning. 

Our Beliefs

We believe that students' learning needs should be the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school. The responsibility for educating a child is a partnership involving the family, school, and community. Each child is unique and differs from other individuals in their capabilities, interests, needs and rate of physical intellectual, emotional and social growth; therefore, diversity is accepted, appreciated and encouraged. School should be a safe environment where all children can be successful learners, performing according to their abilities and where the needs of all children are accommodated.

What Makes Us Special

Our magnet program focuses on personalized learning. This approach aims to customize learning for each student's strengths, needs, skills, and interests. The foundation of our program is Project Based Learning. This model and framework of teaching and learning provides students opportunities to acquire content knowledge and skills in order to answer a driving questions based on an authentic problem, need, challenge, or concern. Not only are we able to focus on academic skills through PBL, but throughout the project students practice and build their employability skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Our students have helped plan and design our playground, raised money for the Lexington Humane Society and the World Wildlife Fund and have partnered with local businesses including local government officials. 

All students are provided special area classes in a weekly rotation.  We offer Chinese, music, band, orchestra, visual art, library and physical education in the rotation. Dixie has a full-time gifted and talented teacher to provide services in math, reading, leadership, and creative writing. We also offer auditions in visual art, music, drama, and dance to differentiate learning needs. Students meeting the gifted criteria in the arts will qualify for extra services during the regular school day. We also offer many extra-curricular clubs and activities such as Science Explorers club, Pay it Forward club, Basketball, Chorus, Art Club, Robotics, and more!