This is a wonderful place if you love a challenge to your academics and school spirit.
If you are perfectionist, straight-As, used to getting your way and having teachers love you (like me freshman year!) - be warned that this is an entire school full of straight-A people like you, and things are going to change. The student body is strong, vocal, and proud, but there is also a crushing competition among students, and because of this stress and anxiety rates run high at Manual.
I would choose Manual again, for the people, teachers who love what they are doing, and the excellent programs offered (go VA!) I would not place my worth on grades, class rank, or teachers' compliments because that will cause undue stress.
Make Manual about doing your personal best, know that teachers care even when it seems like they don't (trust me they do!) and don't make it a competition with the other students around you like I did. You will love the diverse, proud, strong school that is duPont Manual.
Journalism and Communication
Founded in 1984, duPont Manual High School’s Journalism & Communications Magnet is a unique and exciting high school program that has grown in the last decade to become a model of 21st century learning, challenging students to be innovative, enterprising, creative, and well versed in media and technology.
Students come to J&C with a number of interests and ambitions — most often related to the fields of journalism, broadcasting, photography, graphic design, public relations, business communication, public speaking, politics, and advertising — but these areas of knowledge are applicable to any career or profession. Nationally recognized and awarded, J&C students take exciting and instantly applicable communications-related courses under teachers with professional experience. Students also select AP courses, core content courses and other electives that Manual offers to complete their schedule.
Students have real world decision-making power as the student press. All students naturally gain confidence when they see their work printed or uploaded, beginning their freshman year. They lead and manage projects and staff members, especially in their junior & senior years in editor and producer positions. Our internship program allows students to engage with the professional world, earning school credit while gaining career experience with businesses and organizations.
Students enjoy a close-knit, family-like atmosphere. An emphasis on respect, cooperation, and personal support between students and teachers is a program priority. For example, a summer retreat is held annually for students of publication staffs to learn leadership and problem-solving skills, as well as develop friendships.
There are numerous opportunities to travel domestically and internationally each year to conventions (such as the fall 2013 National Scholastic Press Association annual convention in Boston), workshops (such as the 2012 media workshop in China through the Summex program), and reporting opportunities (such as the 2013 Inauguration).
Students have access to superior technology. Our computer labs are comprised of iMacs with superior graphics technology. Our photojournalism students can check out professional lenses. We have the best Adobe software products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and InDesign, installed on every computer for page layout, web design, videography, and photography.
Personal attention from teachers is standard. J&C teachers go the extra mile for their students to provide opportunities or just lend an ear. The teachers are in constant collaboration with one another — an authentic Professional Learning Community — in order to help students personally and academically. By the time students graduate, J&C teachers have usually worked with students over four years in myriad settings, enabling teachers to understand and advocate for their students in a more knowledgeable way.
Application to the Journalism and Communication magnet includes review of a portfolio quality essay on a specific prompt, an activities and interest survey, an on-demand writing session, two recommendations, grades, attendance, and test scores.
If you would like to apply for the Journalism and Communication magnet, please click here to get started.