Return to Headlines

DPS Schools win Magnet Honors

Four Durham Public Schools magnet programs have just been identified as among the best in the nation by Magnet Schools of America.

Lakewood Montessori Middle School, The School for Creative Studies, Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary and Holt Elementary Language Academy all received awards for 2018.  Lakewood Montessori Middle earned the prestigious Magnet School of Excellence designation and The School for Creative Studies, Club Boulevard Elementary and Holt Elementary were deemed Magnet Schools of Distinction. Magnet School of Excellence is the highest category of award bestowed by Magnet Schools of America.

“I’m proud of our students and educators at these four schools,” said Superintendent Pascal Mubenga. “DPS principals, teachers and staff never stop working to innovate in the classroom. These awards give just a hint of the great things happening in our schools, magnet and traditional.”

Lakewood Montessori Middle School encourages students to become independent thinkers, engaged learners and positive contributors to our society by showing responsibility for each other and the world around them. It is a community where students grow academically and socially through the mastery of real life skills and knowledge. 

As a Humanities magnet elementary school, Club Boulevard is a place where all students grow as human beings. That growth comes from appreciating many voices, celebrating the arts, connecting learning to the world, and continuous immersion in the humanities.

Holt is both a year-round calendar and program magnet school. All students study an additional language (Spanish or Mandarin Chinese) beginning in kindergarten and global cultures are integrated into the core curriculum for greater understanding of the world and its people.

The School for Creative Studies focuses on developing students into observant, resourceful, and adaptable problem solvers using applied creativity, media, design, and communication arts. The four “Cs” make up the foundation and school culture of SCS: creativity, communication, collaboration, and community.

MSA’s Magnet Schools of Merit Award program recognizes magnet schools from around the country that demonstrate an ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.  Each magnet school has to apply for the award and meet a set of rigorous standards in order to be included on the list of outstanding magnet schools. Lakewood, Holt, SCS, and Club will receive their awards at MSA’s national conference in Chicago in April.