magnet schools of america award logoBirch Grove Elementary School for the Arts and Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School have been named 2018 National Magnet Schools of Distinction 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 create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

Principals Jeff Zastrow (Birch Grove) and Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) will be recognized and receive National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Awards on behalf of their schools at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago next month.

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 a 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.