Nine magnet schools have been nationally certified by the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Standards of Excellence Certification Program. They are among 55 schools in 12 states to be so named in the first cohort of this new program.
The following WCPSS schools received this prestigious certification:
The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools – diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and family and community partnerships.
Magnet schools must apply to receive this designation. They receive a rigorous evaluation based on evidence that they have met multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. This includes providing specific examples of promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school and encouraging parent and community involvement.
WCPSS schools consistently receive MSA recognition. Twenty-seven schools were recognized as Schools of Distinction or Excellence earlier this year.