The Donna Grady-Creer Award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining strong and dedicated support for magnet schools. The Wake County Public School District has 159,549 students enrolled in 187 schools as of the 2018-19 School year with seven new ones being built. It is the largest public school district in North Carolina.
Every year, dozens of Wake County Public School System schools are recognized as either Magnet Schools of Excellence or Magnet Schools of Distinction. The district’s schools also frequently win top national honors.
Forbes magazine named Raleigh, North Carolina the #1 city for raising a family, citing Wake County’s strong public school system.
Sponsored by Dr. Judith Stein
Magnet Schools of America acknowledges with gratitude the generous commitment of $10,000 from Dr. Judith Stein, First President of MSA, on December 31, 2013 to establish the MSA President Donna Grady-Creer District Award Fund.
Donna Grady-Creer was one of the founders of Magnet Schools of America in Columbus, Ohio and served President from 2000-2002. She continued her service on the Board of Directors until her passing in 2013. Donna was known for her beautiful voice that often served to provide music as emcee of the annual MSA Awards ceremony, as well as her visionary leadership, compassion, and love for magnet schools and Magnet Schools of America. Donna’s commitment to improved educational opportunities for children was evident in her community of North Little Rock, and Little Rock, Arkansas – and across the nation through her work with MSA.
Since Donna was a “district administrator”, this award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining magnet programs and schools against all odds.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.