Henderson Health Sciences Magnet Middle School
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|Henderson Health Sciences Magnet Middle School|
|401 John Barrow Rd.
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72205
|School type||Public magnet school|
|School district||Little Rock School District|
|Principal||Marvin L. Burton|
|Number of students||862 (2007-08)|
|Website||Henderson Health Sciences Magnet|
Henderson Junior High School, on John Barrow Rd, about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of downtown Little Rock, opened in 1964 and was named for G. DeMatt Henderson, Sr., a prominent Little Rock attorney and member of the LRSD Board of Directors from 1918 to 1930.
When it was completed, Henderson was considered modern with its many skylights and courtyards. It offered several extracurricular clubs not usually associated with junior high schools, such as Latin and chess clubs. Henderson contained an orthopedic wing for the special needs of physically challenged students. Most of Henderson Jr. High's student population came from East Side Junior High, which closed in 1964. A classroom addition was completed in 1971.
In 1992 it became a magnet school, and Henderson Magnet Middle School now offers a health sciences magnet program to prepare students in grades 6-8 for careers in health-related fields.
The Health Sciences Magnet Program at Henderson is uniquely designed to help students understand the concepts and skills associated with the health sciences and to increase students' awareness of health-related careers. The curriculum consists of topics ranging from medical terminology, medical instruments and anatomy to the history of medicine and technology in medicine, with emphasis on human anatomy, diseases and disorders, as well as health-related careers.
Henderson practices interdisciplinary teaming, whereby students and teachers within grades form teams which allows for better communication among teachers and parents, as well as providing students important peer relationships.
Henderson uses a unique three-teacher team approach in the sixth grade, to assist students making the transition from elementary to middle school.
Henderson is a participating school in the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EASTinitiative) program.
In 2007, Henderson had 832 students enrolled.
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