Nine BCPS Magnet Schools and Programs win National Merit Awards

Apollo Middle School was one of the schools that received the Magnet Schools of Excellence Award

Schools awarded for their student academic achievement

Nine Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) magnet schools and programs recently earned the Magnet Schools of America 2016 National Merit Awards. Fours schools received the Magnet Schools of Excellence award, and five schools and programs received the Magnet Schools of Distinction award from MSA, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. 


Receiving the Magnet Schools of Excellence, the top merit award given to a select group of magnet schools, are: Liberty Elementary School, Sprout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Museum; New River Middle School, marine science; Sunrise Middle School, Montessori; and William Dandy Middle School, pre-medical. 


Receiving the Magnet Schools of Distinction, the second highest award of recognition, are: Apollo Middle School, STEM; Fort Lauderdale High School, Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Programme; Fort Lauderdale High School, pre-law and public affairs; McNicol Middle School, science/pre-engineering; Parkway Middle School of the Arts, performing and visual arts; and South Plantation High School, environmental science and Everglades restoration. 


Schools are recognized and awarded for their student academic achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and commitment to diversity. 


“We are extremely proud of our school communities for making these schools outstanding learning environments,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Our schools have made it a priority to personalize learning and prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.”


School leaders and representatives from each of the winning schools will receive a merit award plaque during an awards ceremony held at the Magnet Schools of America’s 34th National Conference in Miami, Florida, May 3 – 7, 2016.


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