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17 Las Vegas-area magnet schools honored by national group

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Christopher DeVargas

Southwest Career and Technical Academy High School, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012.

The Magnet Schools of America has recognized 17 Clark County School District magnet schools for their academic excellence.

The national magnet school organization awarded seven schools with the highest distinction of “Magnet School of Excellence.” Those schools are Advanced Technologies Academy, Bridger Middle School, Cashman Middle School, Clark High School, Rancho High School, Southwest Career and Technical Academy and Valley High School.

Ten Clark County schools received the second-highest designation, “Magnet School of Distinction.” These campuses are Bracken STEAM Academy, Carson International Academy, East Career and Technical Academy, Hyde Park Middle School, Knudson Middle School, Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communication, Martin Middle School, Sandy Miller Academy for International Studies, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy and West Career and Technical Academy.

Clark County has 25 schools that are considered either magnet or career and technical schools. Magnet schools are special public schools that take students by application from across the valley, and offers them specialized curricula that guides them toward a specific career path. Clark County magnet schools offer programs in aviation, culinary arts, engineering, finance, graphic design, hospitality and tourism, leadership and law preparatory, nursing and sports medicine.

“We are honored that Magnet Schools of America recognizes the quality, innovative programs we offer to students in the Clark County School District,” said Gia Moore, the School District’s director of magnet schools and technical academies. “Our programs were recognized for their school-wide instructional approach, and academic excellence and equity.”

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