2019 magnet school of excellence logoBirch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School have been named 2019 National Magnet Schools of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

Schools receiving these awards are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and foster strong partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Principals Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) and Dr. Ronald Salazar (Birch Grove) will be recognized and receive National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Awards on behalf of their schools at Magnet Schools of America’s national conference in Baltimore this April.

About our elementary magnet schools
Birch Grove Elementary is an arts magnet for grades K-5 that integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance into the classroom curriculum while providing value-added opportunities in the arts. Students receive daily standards-based instruction with arts specialists and have the opportunity to participate in arts elective classes, performing troupes, early-entrance band and orchestra, and an all-school musical.

Weaver Lake Elementary provides a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment for students in grades K-5. Weaver Lake’s STEM program incorporates value-added, hands-on activities that focus on problem solving and analytical thinking skills. The school is dedicated to creating lifelong learners who are actively involved in inquiry, exploration and discovery.