Magnet Schools of America Announces 2019 National Award Winners

Contact: Melanie Moon


Washington, D.C. – Magnet Schools of America (MSA) announced its 2019 awards recipients during the 37th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Baltimore, Maryland on April 11 hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools. The conference brought together 1,200 magnet leaders and educators to celebrate top-performing schools and learn best practices on curriculum, leadership and school design.

“We are thrilled to honor our 2019 national awardees and recognize magnet schools that encourage innovative curriculum and academic excellence, and promote diversity in the classroom,” said Todd Mann, Executive Director of Magnet Schools of America. 

All 2019 national awards recipients were officially honored at the National Merit Award  Celebration on Thursday, April 13. They included:

  • Miami Lakes Educational Center of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Miami Lakes, Florida) – Awarded the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson School of Excellence Award, MSA’s most prestigious award for magnet schools. Miami Lakes Education Center is one of only two dual-delivery schools in the district – providing vocational training as well as high school academics with a unique blend of programs that integrate career and technical education.
  • Energy Institute High School of Houston’s Independent School District (Houston, Texas)Awarded the Waldrip Award, MSA’s second highest national award. Energy Institute High School offers engineering and core classes through program-based learning, technology integration and partnerships with engaged community businesses.
  • Wake County Public Schools (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Awarded the Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability. Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore accepted the award for the county’s successful pursuit of equity, excellence and diversity in the classroom – qualities that create a strong magnet culture that benefits students for years.
  • Walter Carter, Teacher at Milford Mill Academy (Baltimore, Maryland)–Awarded the National Magnet Teacher of the Year Award. Walter Carter is an automotive service technical teacher at Milford Mill Academy who demonstrates excellence in teaching, community outreach and parental involvement. Walter recently expanded Milford’s program to promote internships and externships, allowing students to get hands-on experience for the skills they learn in school.
  • Dr. Sabrina J. Suber, Principal at Richland Northeast High School (Richland, South Carolina) – Awarded Magnet School Principal of the Year. Under Dr. Suber’s outstanding leadership, Richland Northeast has grown its Career and Technology Education program and made the International Baccalaureate (IB) program available to all students, furthering the school’s professional development plan and improving student learning. 
  • MacFarlane Park Elementary (Tampa, Florida)– Awarded the Elementary Magnet School of Merit Award of Excellence. MacFarlane inspires its students to positively shape their community and the world through an exceptional IB program that explores peace education and conflict resolution.
  • Wake STEM Early College High School (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Awarded the Secondary Magnet School of Merit Award of Excellence. Wake STEM’s students participate in a project-based learning program, and have the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and college credits from North Carolina State University.
  • Reedy Creek Magnet Middle Center for the Digital Sciences (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Awarded the New & Emerging Magnet School of Excellence Award. Reedy Creek is the only digital science middle school in the country and prepares its students to use technology as a collaborative and innovative tool.

Magnet schools are innovative public schools that use theme-based curricula to attract students from across different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds. These schools are open and accessible to all students, and most use a lottery system or other non-academic criteria for admission.

Operated by and accountable to school districts, magnet schools are the original and largest form of public school choice. There are currently 4,340 magnet schools, serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs and public schools of choice. It also provides technical assistance through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).

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