Press Releases - April 2019
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
For more information on magnet schools, visit http://magnet.edu/resources/research-studies/snapshot-of-magnet-schools-report
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).