OCPS magnets receive national recognition
Posted on 01/28/2020
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Once again, Orange County Public Schools received national recognition for its outstanding magnet programs. The Magnet Schools of America honors seven programs for their superiority.


Each year, MSA National Merit Awards recognize magnet schools that “demonstrate commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high-quality educational services to all stakeholders.”


Magnet Schools of America logoThere are two levels of merit: Magnet School of Excellence Awards and Magnet School of Distinction Awards.


Arbor Ridge’s 6-8 option program, Boone High School’s Criminal Justice, Law and Finance Magnet and Hunter’s Creek Elementary School’s Two-Way Dual Language program earned an Excellence rating. This is the top award given to a select group of magnet programs that demonstrate the highest level of excellence in all areas of the application.


“We are thrilled that our Two-way Dual Language program has earned this incredible distinction,” Fresia E. Urdaneta, Hunter's Creek Elementary principal, said. “Earning this award showcases our commitment to student success and we are honored to receive it.”


Jackson Middle School’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, Tildenville Elementary School’s Two-Way Dual Language program, as well as two programs at Dr. Phillips High School (Center for International Studies and Visual and Performing Arts) earned the Distinction award for fulfilling all the scoring rubric requirements.


On April 13, MSA will recognize the Excellence and Distinction programs at their national convention in Clark County, Nevada

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