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These are ranked as best magnet programs in CMS

J.M. Alexander Middle eighth-graders celebrate a victory in a Future City competition. This year, their magnet program has been named a “School of Excellence.”
J.M. Alexander Middle eighth-graders celebrate a victory in a Future City competition. This year, their magnet program has been named a “School of Excellence.” Courtesy of Rachel Stewart

A national magnet school advocacy nonprofit has chosen 20 magnet programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for its annual awards.

Magnet Schools of America’s designations are judged based on “academic excellence, instructional innovation, diversity and equity for all students.”

This is the same group that was brought in by the district to review CMS magnet offerings based on elements like student achievement, discipline, graduation rates and diversity. The $63,000 process is supposed to put the district in line for more grants, and could also lead to some programs being combined or eliminated.

The school board isn’t due to hear their recommendations until April. But CMS put out a list Friday of 20 schools that were cited by the organization.

Eight schools were given the title “School of Excellence,” Magnet Schools of America’s highest award. That’s one more than the number who received the title last year.

▪ Cotswold Elementary

▪ Huntingtowne Farms Elementary

▪ Idlewild Elementary

▪ Mallard Creek Elementary

▪ Shamrock Gardens Elementary

▪ J.M. Alexander Middle

▪ Randolph Middle

▪ East Mecklenburg High

Another dozen were labeled a “School of Distinction.”

▪ Legette Blythe Elementary

▪ Myers Park Traditional School

▪ Statesville Road Elementary

▪ Albemarle Road Middle

▪ Piedmont Middle

▪ Barringer Academic Center

▪ Collinswood Language Academy

▪ First Ward Creative Arts Academy

▪ J.M. Morehead STEM Academy

▪ Oaklawn Language Academy

▪ North Mecklenburg High

▪ Northwest School of the Arts

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