'Magnet' Schools

I have come across your article [A. Mack, "Science 'Magnet' High School Programs Growing In Popularity, Variety," The Scientist, Sept. 16, 1996, page 3] in a bulletin board maintained by my high school alumni. I graduated from a magnet high school (it is called Ankara Science High School/Ankara Fen Lisesi in Turkey) in 1969. The school was then, and to a degree now, a very special school, and tens of thousands of students would enter the exams to get in. I am in touch with many graduates, and

Oct 28, 1996
Halit Gunes

I have come across your article [A. Mack, "Science 'Magnet' High School Programs Growing In Popularity, Variety," The Scientist, Sept. 16, 1996, page 3] in a bulletin board maintained by my high school alumni. I graduated from a magnet high school (it is called Ankara Science High School/Ankara Fen Lisesi in Turkey) in 1969. The school was then, and to a degree now, a very special school, and tens of thousands of students would enter the exams to get in.

I am in touch with many graduates, and I believe the school is successful by many measures. One, at the top, would be entrance in universities; in Turkey higher education is relatively scarce, and getting into a "good" college is very competitive. I remember that our high school's success rate was easily above 95 percent in my day. Many of our students became academicians and scientists.

From my experience, if done properly, magnet high schools would work. If you would like to learn some more about Ankara Fen Lisesi, you can contact the graduates at: afl@bilkent.edu.tr.

Halit Gunes
821 Spruance Lane
Foster City, Calif. 94404
E-mail: hal_gunes@gillette.com