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Four Richland Two schools receive National Magnet Recognition


Programs at four Richland School District Two schools were recognized by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. The recognitions are as follows:

Magnet School of Excellence — Elementary Learning Collaborative (Forest Lake Elementary) and (Spring Valley High School) 

Magnet School of Distinction — NASA Explorer School (Forest Lake Elementary), International Baccalaureate (Richland Northeast High) and Allied Health & Scholars Academy (Ridge View High School)

“We are committed to offering premier magnet learning opportunities to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis. “We are so proud of these achievements by our faculty, staff and students.”

Forty percent of district students participate in 39 magnet programs and centers through the Choice Program. Families can apply online now through January 31 placements that take effect for the 2019-2020 school year.
Richland Two is home to 11 magnet programs that earned national certification from the Magnet Schools of America. Five of those programs earned recognition as Magnet Schools of America Demonstration Schools, a designation achieved by a total of 18 programs across the country.

The principals from each of the schools will be recognized and receive a National Merit Award based on their designation as a School of Excellence or a School of Distinction. The awards ceremony will be held at Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools in Baltimore, Maryland April 10-13, 2019.

Magnet School of Excellence Awards are only given to a select group of magnet schools. Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New & Emerging Magnet School. One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious magnet school award in the nation.

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.

To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu.