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Nine BCPS Magnet Schools and Programs Win National Merit Awards

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Congratulations to nine Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) magnet schools and programs for earning the Magnet Schools of America 2016 National Merit Awards. Four 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, Sprouting 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 (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); 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.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at
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