Twenty-five Wake County magnet schools honored

The Magnet Schools of America honored 25 Wake County Public School System magnet schools for 2012-13, the largest number of Wake County magnet schools ever to be recognized by the association in its annual awards program. WCPSS has eight Schools of Excellence and 17 Schools of Distinction. 

“This national recognition speaks to the high caliber and variety of opportunities we offer our students. The number of schools recognized speaks to the quality of education the Wake County Public School System provides,” Interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey said. “What a great honor this is for our magnet school principals, teachers and families.”

The Schools of Excellence are:

  • Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School
  • Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School
  • Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
  • Millbrook Magnet High School
  • Smith Magnet Elementary School
  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School
  • Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary
  • William G. Enloe GT/IB Magnet Center for the Humanities, Sciences and the Arts

The Schools of Distinction are:

  • A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School
  • Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering
  • Brooks Museum Magnet Elementary School
  • Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School
  • Charles R. Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet School
  • Conn Active Learning and Technology Magnet Elementary School
  • East Garner Magnet Middle School
  • Fred J. Carnage GT/AG Basics Magnet Middle School
  • Fuller GT/AG Magnet Elementary School
  • Hunter GT/AG Basics Elementary School
  • J.Y. Joyner Center for Spanish Language/IB PYP Magnet Elementary School
  • Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet School
  • Millbrook Elementary IB/PYP Magnet School
  • Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School
  • Underwood Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary
  • Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School
  • Zebulon Elementary Gifted and Talented Magnet School

“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development and a commitment to diversity,”   Scott Thomas, Magnet Schools of America Executive Director said. “This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally.”

The Magnet Schools of Excellence is the top award given to a select group of magnet schools. These schools are eligible to receive monetary awards including $1,000 for the New & Emerging Magnet School Award and $5,000 for the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, considered the top award for magnet schools in the nation. The Magnet Schools of Distinction is the second highest award of recognition.

“Our magnet schools have a track record of earning recognition from the Magnet Schools of America,” Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore said. “The number of our schools honored is unprecedented for Wake County and for this magnet organization.”

Dr. Beth Cochran, WCPSS Senior Director of Magnet & Curriculum Enhancement Programs, congratulated the award winning schools.

“Thank you for all of your hard work to make our magnet schools the best in the country,” Cochran said.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 5-8, 2013. To learn more about Magnet Schools of America’s merit awards program, please visit

MSA Excellence Awards

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