OCPS earns national recognition for magnet programs

The eleven programs that earned excellence or distinction awards included three from West Orange and Southwest Orange County.

Stock photo
  • Observer School Zone
  • News
  • Share

Orange County Public Schools has again received national recognition for its magnet programs. 

Eleven programs from OCPS earned one of the two merits: Magnet School of Excellence Awards and Magnet School of Distinction Awards.

The recognition comes from Magnet Schools of America, a "national nonprofit professional education association whose members are schools and school districts," according to the organization's website. 

Each year, MSA distributes awards recognizing magnet schools that “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to academic standards, curriculum innovation, desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs and parent and community involvement.”

OCPS Superintendent Maria Vazquez said the magnet programs are just one of the ways the district provides families high-quality choices in their child’s education.

“We are proud of these 11 programs for their commitment to student success," Vazquez stated in a press release.

Dr. Phillips High School’s Center for International Studies Magnet earned an excellence rating, while the other 10 schools received the distinction award, including Bay Meadows Elementary and Tildenville Elementary. 

The full list of OCPS schools recognized can be viewed here.

MSA will recognize the excellence and distinction programs at their national convention in Dallas, Texas, April 22.



Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

Related Articles

  • November 13, 2019
OCPS to host magnet fair
  • September 10, 2015
Class Notes 09.10.15