Apollo Middle School Designated as Nationally Certified-Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of Am

Friday, January 19, 2018

Apollo Middle School has been named a National Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), a national nonprofit association representing magnet and theme-based schools. Apollo is one of only fifty-five schools in the Nation to receive this certification.

Apollo Middle School has been recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) as a Nationally Certified-DemonstrationSchool. Apollo is the only school in Broward County - and only one in ten schools in the nation - that received this prestigious recognition. “The certification process is groundbreaking and the first of its kind. It was created to recognize our most exemplary magnet programs,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “In an increasingly complex school choice environment, parents, families, students, and local communities can be assured of the quality of education that is provided in each certified magnet school.”

The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and family and community partnerships). Apollo Middle School has a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) magnet program that provides middle school students a rigorous and enriching academic curriculum in the STEM field. The Demonstration Schools will serve as learning laboratories for school innovation and improvement for others to observe and follow. Shawn Aycock, principal of Apollo Middle School stated, "I am so beyond proud of all my STEMtastic Apollo Rocket Students and Staff for having their outstanding work recognized as the only Broward CountySchool to be awarded as a National Certified Demonstration School." Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students.

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