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27 Wake County magnet schools win national awards

Wendell Elementary 4th and 5th graders hold up their signs in the school gym Friday, May 15, 2015 during the school's celebration of having been named the Best Magnet Elementary School in the nation. It’s one of 27 Wake County magnet schools to win awards in 2016 from Magnet Schools of America.
Wendell Elementary 4th and 5th graders hold up their signs in the school gym Friday, May 15, 2015 during the school's celebration of having been named the Best Magnet Elementary School in the nation. It’s one of 27 Wake County magnet schools to win awards in 2016 from Magnet Schools of America. hlynch@newsobserver.com

Wake County school officials announced Wednesday that 27 magnet schools have received national awards.

Brooks, Combs, Conn, Douglas, Farmington Woods, Hunter, Underwood, Wendell and Wiley elementary schools received the School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, a national trade organization. Those nine schools are now in the running to win the group’s top awards.

Last year, Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh was named the nation’s second-best magnet school and Wendell Elementary School was named the top elementary magnet school in the country.

In addition, Brentwood, Fox Road, Fuller, Green, Kingswood, Millbrook, Poe, Powell, Smith and Washington elementary schools; Carnage, East Garner, Ligon, Martin and Moore Square middle schools; and Enloe, Millbrook and Wake STEM Early College high schools received the School of Distinction award.

“Our strong magnet school programs indicate the solid leadership and commitment among teachers to providing excellent learning environments for students,” said Cathy Moore, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Advancement, in a written statement. “We congratulate the principals, teachers – and supportive families – for making these schools successful.”

Since 1982, Wake has used the magnet program to diversify school enrollments, fill under-enrolled schools and provide additional educational opportunities. Magnet schools offer programs typically not found at regular schools, such as advanced arts and foreign language courses.

Awards are given to schools that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts and the consistent delivery of high quality educational services to all stakeholders.

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