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15 Mar CCSD Magnet schools earn national awards for outstanding programs

Twenty-three Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet schools received Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards for 2016-17. Of the 23 schools, nine were named Schools of Excellence and 14 were named Schools of Distinction.

According to MSA, the awards are given to Magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality educational services to all stakeholders.

The following schools earned the 2016-17 MSA Magnet School of Excellence Award, which are given to a select group of Magnet Schools across the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all facets of the merit award application:

  • Advanced Technologies Academy
  • C.V.T Gilbert Magnet School
  • Ed W. Clark High School
  • James Cashman Middle School
  • Southeast Career and Technical Academy
  • Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts
  • Valley High School (Academy of Hospitality and Tourism)
  • Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy
  • Walter Bracken STEAM Academy

Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts has been a Magnet School for only two years.

“I was very excited, humbled and eager to share the success with our staff, students and community to recognize their efforts,” said White Academy of the Performing Arts Principal Andrea Katona. “Our teachers, Magnet coordinator and students have worked very hard over the past two years to build our programs, and although we are just starting to grow, it is such an accomplishment and honor to recognize all of the hard work and efforts of everyone.”

The following schools earned the 2016-17 Magnet School of Distinction Award, which is the second-highest level of awards given to Magnet Schools that have met all the basic requirements outlined in MSA’s merit awards scoring rubric:

  • Canyon Springs High School
  • Desert Pines High School (Academy of Communications & Information Technology)
  • Desert Pines High School (Academy of Hospitality)
  • East Career and Technical Academy
  • Jim Bridger Middle School
  • Jo Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communication through Technology
  • K.O. Knudson Middle School
  • Kit Carson International Academy
  • Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
  • Northwest Career and Technical Academy
  • Rancho High School (Aviation Science & Technology)
  • Roy Martin Middle School
  • Sandy Searles Miller Academy For International Studies
  • Southwest Career and Technical Academy
  • West Career and Technical Academy

It is Roy W. Martin Middle School’s fifth consecutive national merit award.

“Our strength in winning consecutive awards comes from the fact that we have been an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program for over ten years,” said Martin Middle School Principal Amanda Lobkowicz. “Our excellent teaching staff continues to seek enhanced opportunities and creative ways to engage our students in a global, reflective, caring, technology-rich and inquiry-based manner.”

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