Wake Ed

23 Wake County magnet schools win national honors

Wake County school officials announced Wednesday that 23 magnet schools have received national awards.

Brentwood, Combs, Douglas, Underwood and Wendell elementary schools received the School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, a trade organization. Those five schools are now in the running to win the Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which goes to the top magnet school in the nation.

Last year, Combs received the Simpson Award. The winner of this year’s Simpson Award will be announced during Magnet Schools of America’s national conference that will be held in Raleigh in April.

In addition, Brooks, Bugg, Conn, Farmington Woods, Millbrook, Poe, Powell, Smith, Washington and Zebulon elementary schools; Carroll, Centennial Campus, East Garner, Ligon and Moore Square middle schools; and Garner, Millbrook and Southeast Raleigh Magnet high schools received the School of Distinction award.

Awards are given to schools that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement.