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Lakewood Montessori has been named a Magnet School of Excellence

Lakewood Montessori Middle School has just been named a Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America. Being this amazing takes a great staff, a supportive parent community, wonderful students, and collaborative community partners. Thanks to everyone involved.


Fifteen of our #WeAreDPS schools received merit awards for meeting the high standards set forth by Magnet Schools of America (MSA).

The fifteen merit awardees are as follows:

Magnet Schools of Excellence:  (Highest Honor)

  • Burton Magnet Elementary IB
  • Lakewood Montessori Middle
  • Morehead Montessori Elementary

Magnet Schools of Distinction:

  • Club Boulevard Elementary
  • Holt Elementary
  • The School for Creative Studies (Middle & High)
  • WG Pearson STEAM
  • Lowe’s Grove Magnet Middle
  • Sandy Ridge Elementary
  • Neal Magnet Middle
  • Watts Montessori Magnet 
  • RN Harris Elementary
  • Middle College High School
  • City of Medicine Academy
  • Hillside High IB

Last year, Durham Public Schools received 10 awards from the MSA. This year, the district has surpassed that by winning fifteen awards. To date, this is the highest number of merit awards that DPS has ever received and we are excited to continue offering excellent school options for our students and families.

About Magnet Schools of America

MSA’s National Merit Awards program honors the top magnet schools in the United States. These awards recognize magnet schools that demonstrate a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high-quality educational services to all stakeholders.