Eighteen Wake magnet schools have received national awards, with five schools in the running to be named the top magnet school in the country.
Farmington Woods Elementary, Joyner Elementary, East Garner Middle, Ligon Middle and Enloe High received the School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America, a national trade organization. The Durham School of the Arts was also named a School of Excellence.
The 53 School of Excellence winners will now be considered for the Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which goes annually to the top magnet school in the nation.
Several Wake magnet schools have won the Simpson Award in the past, including Bugg Elementary, Combs Elementary, Washington Elementary and Enloe High.
Thirteen Wake schools also received the School of Distinction Award this year: Brooks Elementary, Bugg Elementary, Combs Elementary, Douglas Elementary, Fuller Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Powell Elementary, Underwood Elementary, Wiley Elementary, Carnage Middle, Centennial Campus Middle, East Millbrook Middle and Martin Middle.
The schools, including the winner of the Simpson Award, will be announced at a conference in Charlotte in April.
The timing for the awards is good considering that the magnet application period runs until Feb. 28. Click here to apply.