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More Richland Two schools and magnet programs have earned national recognition.

First, two more Richland Two schools have earned the designation of National Magnet Schools of Excellence, from Magnet Schools of America. These magnets are:

·         The NASA Explorer School magnet at Forest Lake Elementary School
·         The Discovery and Explorations magnets at Spring Valley High School

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.

In addition, the following schools have earned the honor of being named Magnet Schools of Distinction. These schools and magnet programs are:
·         The Medical, Engineering and Discovery through Arts Magnet at Bridge Creek Elementary
·         The Elementary Learning Collaborative (ELC) Forest Lake Elementary
·         The Arts Integrated Magnet L.W. Conder Elementary
·         The Learning Collaborative (TLC)TWO Academies, and FAME at Dent Middle,
·         The International Baccalaureate World School at E.L. Wright Middle
·         The INC. Magnet at Kelly Mill Middle
·         International Baccalaureate World School at Richland Northeast High
·         The Institute for Health Sciences and Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law at Ridge View High School
·         The iRED Magnet at Westwood High

In order to receive a national merit award, schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. 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.

In total, Richland Two is home to 16 nationally certified magnets at 11 schools, seven of which are Demonstration Magnet Schools. Families may apply online to magnet programs for placements that take effect the following school year through the Choiceapplication. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31. 

“We strive to provide innovative and premier learning opportunities for students through our wide variety of magnet programs. These recognitions are a result of that effort,” said Director of Magnet Programs, Barbara Turner.
Find more information and the application at www.richland2.org/choice