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13 Los Angeles Unified Magnets Earn National Honors (03-11-19)

Winning magnet coordinators Thirteen of Los Angeles Unified’s popular magnet schools and programs will be honored next month by Magnet School of America (MSA) for their commitment to high academic standards, innovative curriculum, cultural diversity and specialized teaching staffs.

Four magnets will receive School of Excellence awards, the MSA’s highest distinction:

  • Downtown Magnets High School
  • Cleveland High School Humanities Magnet
  • Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School
  • Reseda Charter High School Police Academy Magnet

The second-highest award, Schools of Distinction, will be awarded to nine programs:

  • John F. Kennedy High School Architecture/Digital Design/Filmmaking Magnet
  • King-Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
  • Lawrence Middle School Gifted Magnet
  • Mayall Academy of Arts and Technology Magnet
  • Melrose Elementary Math/Science/Technology Magnet
  • North Hollywood High School Zoo/Biological Science Magnet
  • Reseda Charter High School Science Magnet
  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES)
  • Van Nuys High School Medical, Performing Arts, and Science/Technology/Math Magnets

Leaders of the winning schools will formally receive these awards at the MSA’s national conference, which will be April 10-13 in Baltimore.

“These magnets are models of innovation and student achievement,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “I am proud that so many of our schools, and all those who work in them, are being recognized for the outstanding work they are doing to help our students succeed.”

Magnets are themed schools and programs that were first created in the 1980s as part of a court-ordered desegregation plan. Los Angeles Unified currently has 257 magnets that enroll more than 77,000 students.

“We are so proud of the magnet schools in Los Angeles Unified that are being recognized for their achievement and excellence,” said Board President Mónica García. “Thank you to the students, parents, teachers, staff and the whole community for working together to ensure that our children meet their full potential.” 

“Congratulations to these exceptional magnet programs for showcasing what is possible in Los Angeles Unified,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “We will keep working to replicate the innovation and academic standards that allow all of our students to succeed."

“Our magnet schools exemplify excellence in academic programming that exists within Los Angeles Unified which helps us make education relevant to our students,” said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III. “Congratulations to these outstanding schools.”

“Congratulations to all the schools being recognized by Magnet Schools of America for their high academic standards, innovation, diversity and excellent teaching staffs,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “I am particularly proud of the five magnets in Board District 3 that earned this honor: Kennedy and North Hollywood High schools, Lawrence Middle School, Mayall Academy and SOCES. The steady stream of awards and recognitions enjoyed by our schools are just another validation of the quality programs and committed staff who selflessly and tirelessly serve our children every day.”

"From the performing arts to STEM to public service, Los Angeles Unified offers a variety of high-quality specialized programs that deepen student learning, bring together diverse groups of students and engage their passions,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “We are thrilled to be recognized by Magnet Schools of America. Congratulations to all the magnets honored this year and, particularly, Reseda Charter High School and Van Nuys High School in Board District 6 for their exemplary programs." 

“I’m very proud of our magnet programs and the work they are doing for our kids,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “The achievements that are happening on a daily basis in those classrooms deserves all the attention called to them. It’s a testimony to the quality programming Los Angeles Unified has to offer that we need to do a better job of promoting and celebrating.”