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20 CMS magnet schools honored

Twenty Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet schools have won 2013 honors from Magnet Schools of America, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes academic excellence and student diversity.

Ten were named schools of excellence, the highest honor: Albemarle Road, Piedmont and Randolph middle schools (International Baccalaureate); Barringer, Idlewild, Irwin and Shamrock Gardens elementary schools (talent development/gifted); First Ward Elementary and Northwest (arts); and Morehead STEM Academy (science, technology, engineering and math).

Another 10 were named schools of distinction: East Mecklenburg High and Blythe, Cotswold, Huntingtowne Farms and Lansdowne elementaries (IB); Collinswood and Oaklawn language academies; Myers Park Traditional Elementary; Park Road Montessori; and Mallard Creek Elementary (talent development).

This year’s total is the highest in recent years; last year 13 CMS magnets won honors. Ann Doss Helms

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