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Raptor Report

April 24, 2024

from AMHS Partners in Education (PIE)

Community News

AMHS Again First in SC, Seventh in the United States

US News & World Report has ranked Academic Magnet High School as the #1 High School in South Carolina, and the #7 school in the nation in their latest evaluation. Schools are ranked on their performance with state-required tests, graduation, and how well students are prepared for college. AMHS is ranked as the #4 Magnet High School in the country.

Read more about the ranking at this link. Last year, AMHS was ranked 8th.

2024 Prom: A Night Full of Memories!

The AMHS Prom was held at The Wonderer on Saturday, April 13. Students (as well as chaperones and teachers!) had a wonderful evening. Check out an album of photos shared by the school newspaper, The Talon, at this link.

Help Show Our Great Appreciation for AMHS Teachers!

PIE would love your help as we look to treat AMHS teachers and staff to show our gratitude for all that they do all year long. This year we will provide personal notes and a gift card to each staff member, and raffle off gift baskets.

Learn more about the donation options (gift cards, gift baskets, or a cash donation through Venmo), visit this link.


Celebrate AMHS Seniors, Students, and Teachers at the Charleston Riverdogs Game on Friday, May 10. The AMHS Dirty Birds will play & AMHS students will throw out the first pitch and sing the National Anthem.  


PIE has purchased 100 tickets for Seniors and Teachers; use this link to request your free ticket--first come first serve.

Tickets are also available for purchase ($8.00 ea) near the student and teacher sections for additional AMHS students, family members and friends at this link.

Welcome to Our New Raptors & Their Families!

Students & families were notified last week about their admission to AMHS for the upcoming year! Mark your calendars for an Open House on May 2, and Summer Scholars from July 29-August 1!

Class of 2028 Families are invited to join the Facebook page at this link.

Students Invited to Consider Being a Peer Mentor

Students are needed to serve as peer mentors for the 2024-2025 school year. If you're interested in helping freshmen make their transition from middle school to high school as smooth as possible, this position might just be right for you. We are looking for friendly, organized people with good communication skills. Mentors will have weekly duties as well as be in a 3B (freshmen) study hall. In addition, mentors represent AMHS by giving tours to prospective students as well as running Summer Scholars. Every mentor receives a minimum of the required 30 community service hours from this program. Applications are now open until the end of the school day (3:30 pm) on April 29. Make sure to look for the posters around school with the QR code to the application form or access the form through this link. If you have questions, email Mrs. Yackey at

Is Your Raptor Graduating in June?

Want to know the date and time for graduation? Or wondering if you need to worry about tickets for yourself and your family? Perhaps your student is wondering if they really HAVE to go to graduation practice. If you have questions, we've got answers. Check out the latest FAQ document on the AMHS website at this link or at this link.

Hey Seniors! It's time to celebrate you and the decisions you have made for your next step (or will make soon!). Save the date: May 3 at 12:30 pm!

LAST CHANCE TO ORDER! Order a sign for your senior at this link by May 1!

Provide Snacks For Students During AP Testing

Help us encourage AMHS students by providing snacks during the two weeks of AP testing!

Every year, PIE coordinates snacks for the students during their AP Testing break time. As you can imagine, this involves a significant number of students and therefore requires a tremendous amount of snacks. If you are willing to purchase any of the items, we would be very grateful for your support!

Please deliver items to Ms. Do's office by May 1st. Ms. Do's office is near the lecture hall downstairs in room 7154 near Mr. Grimshaw's classroom. If Ms. Do is not in her office, snacks can be taken to Ms. Ryan in room 7111. Please label the snacks AP Snacks. Thank you!

Check out what is needed and sign up to send something in at this link.

Mindful Mondays: Open to students & staff!

Come start the week with your mind in the right place!

Click here to re-link your Harris Teeter Card - Try HT Plus Membership

AMHS Code is 4626

Current Number of Families Linked: 231

Funds raised to date: $864.96

In 2024, schools earn $10 for each HT Plus membership purchased by someone whose VIC card is linked to our school. Try it free for 30 days!

Administrative News

Things to Know About AP Testing

  1. AMHS does not receive any information about students' scores or performance on the AP exam until July when the students receive their scores. That means that while the AP exam potentially earns a student college credit, their score is not used to determine their high school class grade or credit. Their high school credit will be based only on their class work, test grades, projects, etc. as outlined in each course's syllabus.
  2. Students/families can check specific colleges and universities and how they accept AP credits- check this link to verify how their score can translate into college course credit
  3. Taking the AP exam is a requirement of enrollment in any AP course at Academic Magnet. Students who do not take an AP exam must reimburse the school for the cost of the exam that we have already purchased for them.
  4. The AP Testing Schedule includes specific make-up days for when students are double scheduled for an exam day and time. Above is the easy-to-read post-on-your-fridge version of the AP Testing Schedule.

AB Schedule
Letters Home
Open Positions
Routes to AMHS
2024-25 CCSD Calendar
Official Website
School Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
School Profile
Pay Fees on RevTrak
Past Raptor Reports
School Counseling News
Visit our website

New Handbook Now Available to Help Students & Parents Plan for What's Next!

Click here for

College Planning Guidance

The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year! Learn more at this link.

Scholarship List
2023-24 SAT / ACT DATES
CTE Future Ready Newsletters
2023-24 Lecture Series Topics
College Visit Verification Form
2013-2023 Matriculation
Upcoming College Visits

Dates for college rep visits at AMHS and college rep visits in the Charleston area can be found here.

The University of Alabama will have a representative in the Cafeteria on Thursday, April 25, at 12:30 pm.

Register through Naviance to show demonstrated interest. These sessions are open for all grades

Ms. Mansfield, the 2023-24 College and Career Specialist, is on the AMHS campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays during school hours.

Her email is 

Career Exploration Opportunities

Click here for Resume Tips!

Click here for Interview Tips!

Class Updates
AMHS StuCo Instagram Page

Class of 2024

2024 College Decisions
Class of '24 Parents on Facebook
Senior Lounge Snack Sign Up

Class of 2025

Class of '25 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2026

Class of '26 Parents on Facebook

Class of 2027

Class of '27 Parents on Facebook

Calling all Freshmen!

Freshmen Raptors are invited to participate in student volunteer build with Operation Home on Saturday May 4, from 9-1pm. The work usually ends by 12, and lunch is provided. There is room for 6-8 freshmen to sign up - Email here if interested! Learn more about Operation Home.

Parent Boards
AMHS enjoys the support of three parent-led, community supported groups and an active SIC group. You can read about each group's mission and get updates below or find out more under the Parent Tab on the School Website.
PIE Funding Request Form

Scholars Celebrated with a 3rd Quarter Ice Cream Social

Thanks to the support and assistance of PIE families, students enjoyed a delicious ice cream social last week to celebrate the end of the third quarter. Thanks for all who volunteered to make it a success!


If you have any concerns you would like SIC to address in future meetings, please email Jessica Garrett P'25 at

SIC Reports to Parents
AMHS Booster

Join the Booster Club. Learn more here.

Visit our website
Raptors of Distinction
Help spread the good news! Got scoop on a current or former Raptor making their mark in the world? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

Harry Ding '24 made history for the AMHS National Honor Society as he traveled to Washington D.C. over spring break to represent at a national level. As a NHS Scholarship finalist, he was invited to accept the award and particpate in the NASSP "Trailblazing Leadership Conference" with 24 other finalists from across the country. Ms. Kristin Vann attended as an advisor. Read more on the AMHS website at this link.

Clubs, Arts + Academics
The AMHS Student Newspaper. Read it here to "get the word on the birds."

Please use this link to submit photos to the AMHS Yearbook. If needed, our school code is 25698. You can also submit using the Herff Jones e-Share app available in Apple and Google Play stores for your mobile device. 

Raptor Athletics
Sports Updates & Schedules

Stay up to date with Booster Club Info, Forms, Raptor Rosters and Team Schedules on!

Congratulations to the AMHS athletes honored with the SCHSL's Multi-Sport Award. To earn this award, a student-athlete must have earned a varsity letter in 2+ sports, in 2+ seasons, during the 2023-24 academic year. Seven of these student-athletes earned varsity letters in each of the three sports seasons (noted with an asterisk).

On Friday night, Quinn Swanton '25 won gold in the 3200m at the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic Elite Meet. This meet is only open to the best of the best track and field athletes in South Carolina yearly. In doing so, he set a new meet record with a blazing time of 9:29.30!!! Congratulations, Quinn!

This week's recipient of the Raptor-of-the-Week was Elaina Seymour '24 of AMHS Softball. In his nomination, Coach Johnsen said, "Elaina has stepped up as a senior leader. I see her working with others on the team and helping with her knowledge of softball. She is encouraging and is a good example with her strong softball skills. Doing this on top of being a writer for The Talon exemplifies her work ethic. She is going to go far at Columbia next year!"

Athletic Director: Raymond Knauer or 843.746.6376

Assistant Athletic Director: Stevie Jones

Trainer: Marty Travis

Coach contact information is here.

Sports Calendar
Athletic Links + Socials
Know of an opportunity from which AMHS students might benefit? Share it with the Raptor Report here.

The SC Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Outreach Center's summer camps challenge rising 6th - 10th graders in a fun and collaborative environment where hands-on STEM learning is celebrated. Students choose from a variety of topics, empowering them to interact with like-minded peers as they grow as scientists and engineers. GoSciTech offers three types of immersive STEM experiences - residential, day, and virtual - designed to engage and challenge students who are interested in STEM.

Find the one that is right for your family. Learn more and apply at this link.

La Bell'Italia!

Dr. Altman and Mr. McCormick have organized an amazing trip through Italy for Spring Break in 2025!

Check out the tour enrollment page to see a more detailed itinerary and to set up automatic payments (see link to flyer below). To ensure this trip takes place in 2025, 12 students need to enroll by April 30, 2024. Learn more on the flyer at this link.

Spend Spring Break 2025 in Costa Rica! Raptors are invited to consider this amazing opportunity to explore the ecology of Costa Rica during spring break of 2025. Students will conduct research on leatherback sea turtles AND earn 30 hours of community service. Email Ms. Phillips ( with any questions.

Community Service + Activities

Presidential Service Awards: Please note the submission point person is now Ms. GG.

Here is a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities.

Learn more about the AMHS Volunteer Hours

graduation requirement here.

Volunteer Hours Form

Have an event that could use AMHS volunteers?

Send info and details to

REMINDER: 30 Hours of Community Service due by May 1

Parents and students are reminded that all AMHS students should be working toward their 30 hours of community service which will be due on May 1st. Community Service forms are available on the class canvas pages and all of our Study Hall teachers can answer questions about this important school-wide program.

Volunteers Needed for the Blessing of the Fleet!

Carolina Children’s Charity (CCC) has been chosen to be a charity beneficiary of the 37th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival on Sunday, April 28th at Memorial Waterfront Park.

The other beneficiary is the Wayne Magwood Fisherman’s Memorial Statue.

Please consider signing up for any of the fun volunteer opportunities that are available and represent CCC. Volunteers are still needed to help in the merchandise tent and information booth, sell shrimp-eating contest tickets, and more. Sign up here. Make sure you indicate that you represent CCC. Questions? Call 843.737.1200.

Volunteers Needed on April 26-27 for Purple Stride

PanCAN, the pancreatic cancer action network, will host a Purple Stride Walk at the James Island County Park on Saturday, April 27. Volunteers are needed on April 26 to set up, and on April 27 to help with check in, assisting in a variety of areas, and clean up at the end. If anyone is interested in volunteering for PurpleStride or has any questions, please contact Kathleen Sherrill at

Help Sweep the Beach!

Is your Raptor looking for a volunteer opportunity? Isle of Palms beach cleanup litter sweeps will be held every other Monday starting March 11. Click the "Litter Sweep Schedule" image for a .pdf with more details!

Calling all Freshmen!

Freshmen Raptors are invited to participate in student volunteer build with Operation Home on Saturday May 4 from 9-1pm. The work usually ends by 12, and lunch is provided. There is room for 6-8 freshmen to sign up - Email here if interested! Learn more about Operation Home.

Volunteers are needed for the Walk for Autism on April 27, 2024 from 7 am to 1:30 pm.  Any students wishing to volunteer can come for part of the hours or all. If interested in volunteering please contact Rose O'Neal at 843-553-1316 or


Volunteers will assist in several tasks: setting up tables and tents; manning jump castles, food stations, silent auction tables, merchandise table, ticket sales and at the end of the event breaking down tables and tents along with clean up.

One Last Thing ...

The Raptor Report is published weekly by AMHS PIE on Wednesdays during the school year except for holiday breaks.

Faculty, students, and parents are encouraged to submit articles and/or pictures of AMHS events, honors, and needs.

Please email your information to the Raptor Report Editors by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the Wednesday publication date.

Feedback or suggestions for improvement? Please send an email as well.

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