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EIGHT MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS NAMED NATIONAL MAGNET SCHOOLS OF MERIT

Eight Miami-Dade public schools are among the 133 schools nationwide that have been named winners of the prestigious Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards. MSA established the Merit Awards to recognize magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement.

The MSA Merit Awards are granted in two categories: Schools of Excellence and Schools of Distinction. Listed below are the winning Miami-Dade schools for each category.

***Schools of Excellence***
Coral Reef Senior High
Design & Architecture Senior High
George Washington Carver Middle
North Dade Center for Modern Languages

***Schools of Distinction***
Ada Merritt K-8 Center
Air Base Elementary
Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center
John F. Kennedy Middle


All the winning schools will be recognized at a luncheon at MSA's 29th National Conference on May 15-18 in Indianapolis.

MSA was founded in the 1980s in response to educational inequity. The organization offers support and leadership to innovative educational magnet school programs. The magnet programs promote diversity, equity and academic excellence.

For more information, contact Ms. Marie Mennes, Schools of Choice, 305-995-1922. For information about Magnet Schools of America, please visit www.magnet.edu/.

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