Twenty-four WCPSS schools have earned 2014 Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America, a national organization that promotes equity and educational excellence in magnet programs.
The annual awards recognize programs in the U.S. that demonstrate a strong commitment to academic standards, innovation, diversity, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement. Wake County has 34 magnet schools with programs focused on the arts, technology, world languages, the International Baccalaureate Programme, and more.
More than 300 schools and programs applied for awards this year, and were selected after a rigorous review and scoring process. Twelve Wake County public schools earned the top title, School of Excellence. Twelve Wake County magnet schools earned the title of School of Distinction.
“It is truly an honor for Wake County to have 24 schools earn national recognition from among all of the programs and schools that were reviewed,” said Deputy Superintendent Cathy Q. Moore. “This is a reflection of the hard work teachers and staff have put into building strong, innovative programs for our students.”
Schools will receive banners and plaques to display at their schools. Staff members will have the opportunity to attend a national conference in May to be recognized, and to learn about new National Standards for Magnet Schools, and a new national certification process.
Schools of Excellence
- Fred J. Carnage GT/AIG Magnet Middle School
- Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School
- A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary
- Conn Active Learning and Technology Magnet Elementary School
- Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary School
- Fuller Gifted & Talented/Academically & Intellectually Gifted Basics Magnet Elementary School
- Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary
- Millbrook Elementary International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Magnet School
- Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School
- Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School
- Washington Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School
- Zebulon Giftted and Talented Elementary School
Schools of Distinction
- Charles R. Bugg Creative Arts and Science A+ Magnet School
- Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary
- East Garner Magnet Middle School: School of Distinction
- W.G. Enloe GT/IB Center for the Humanities, Sciences and the Arts
- Garner Magnet High School
- Ligon GT Magnet Middle School
- Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School
- Millbrook Magnet High School
- Smith Magnet Elementary School, IBO World School
- Underwood Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School
- Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School
- Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School