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23 WCPSS schools receive national recognition for magnet programs

Magnet schools in the Wake County Public School System are serving as national examples for high standards. Magnet Schools of America has awarded 23 schools with Magnet Schools of Merit Awards. 

Specifically, five WCPSS magnet schools were named Magnet Schools of Excellence and 18 were named Schools of Distinction by the organization.

Magnet School of Merit Awards recognize member magnet schools/programs that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement.


The Magnet School of Excellence is the top merit award category and is only awarded to a select group of magnet schools. The Magnet School of Distinction is the second highest award of recognition. To receive a merit award member schools must submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators. 


The designees are as follows:




A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary 

Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering

Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary

Underwood Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary

Wendell Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary




Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary

Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle

Centennial Campus Magnet Middle

Charles R. Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary

Conn Active Learning and Technology Magnet Elementary

East Garner Magnet Middle

Farmington Woods IB/PYP Magnet Elementary

Garner Magnet High

Ligon Academically and Intellectually Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle

Millbrook IB Primary Years Programme Magnet Elementary

Millbrook Magnet High

Moore Square Gifted and Talented Academically Gifted Basics Museums Magnet Middle

Poe Gifted and Talented/Academically or Intellectually Gifted Basics Magnet Elementary

Powell Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary

Smith Magnet Elementary

Southeast Raleigh Magnet High

Washington Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary

Zebulon Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary


Magnet Schools of America is a national organization whose stated mission is, “Providing leadership for high quality innovative instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students.”


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