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Three Palm Beach Magnet Schools Win
National Merit Awards
From across the United States, 481 magnet schools vied for a merit award in
the 2004 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards Competition. These awards
recognize magnet schools that have met and maintained desegregation/diversity
goals; have innovative instructional techniques; have improved and are maintaining
high levels of student achievement; and have parent/community involvement in
Suncoast High, Roosevelt Middle and Morikama Park Elementary, three magnet
schools from the Palm Beach County School District, will be honored during the
22nd Annual Magnet Schools of America Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina,
April 18-22. Over 1,000 conference attendees will include teachers and
administrators from magnet schools across the nation. The ceremony will be hosted
by Wake County (North Carolina) Public Schools.
Suncoast High School has been selected as one of 12 schools to receive the
MSA School of Excellence Award. The 12 magnet schools from across the nation
will be in competition for two cash prizes. The top two awards will be announced
at the awards ceremony, including the $5,000 Ronald P. Simpson Magnet School
of Merit and the $1,000 Hogan and Hartson Magnet School of Merit.
Roosevelt Middle School and Morikami Park Elementary School are among the 30
magnet schools that will be honored as MSA Schools of Distinction. This nationwide
competition included 481 magnet schools from virtually every state in the United
Suncoast High opened its doors as a dedicated magnet school with four magnet
programs in August 1989. Roosevelt Middle became a dedicated Math, Science,
Technology magnet school in August 1995, when the district provided a new, larger
facility. Morikami Park Elementary opened as a dedicated magnet school in August
1998, and subsequently became one of the first 10 elementary schools to be authorized
as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program.
More information on Magnet Schools of America can be found at http://www.magnet.edu.