The Wake County school system announced Thursday that 25 magnet schools have received national awards.
Douglas, Farmington Woods, Smith and Wiley elementary schools; Ligon Middle; and Enloe, Millbrook and Southeast Raleigh high schools received the School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, a trade organization. Those eight schools are now in the running to win the Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which goes to the top magnet school in the nation.
Seventeen Wake schools received a School of Distinction award.
Those schools are Combs, Brentwood, Brooks, Bugg, Conn, Fuller, Hunter, Joyner, Millbrook, Underwood, Wendell and Zebulon elementary schools; Carnage, Centennial Campus, East Garner, Martin and Moore Square middle schools.
During Thursday's joint meeting with county commissioners, school board chairman Keith Sutton pointed to the awards as an example of the school system moving in the right direction academically.