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Two elementary magnet schools in District 196 have once again been selected for recognition by Magnet Schools of America.

Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan is one of only 89 magnet schools in the nation and five in Minnesota selected to receive a 2017 School of Excellence Award and Cedar Park Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Apple Valley has been named a School of Distinction this year.

Magnet Schools of America advocates for high-quality instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity and academic excellence for all students. The awards recognize magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staffs, and parent and community involvement. To be considered for an award, schools must submit an application with information about school demographics, a program overview, innovative instructional strategies used at the school, assessment, parent and community involvement, and examples of achievement and awards received by students and staff.

Glacier Hills and Cedar Park have received these awards in previous years, as has Diamond Path School of International Studies in Apple Valley.

District 196 offers families the choice of five magnet schools at the elementary level and Valley Middle School of STEM for students in grades 6-8. The district’s two newest options — Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology in Burnsville and Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences in Eagan — opened as magnet schools in fall 2016. Cedar Park, Echo Park and Valley Middle are part of the district’s K-12 STEM pathway of schools that also includes Apple Valley High School, which features a fabrication lab for hands-on learning.

Enrollment at District 196 magnet schools is open to all students in the district through an enrollment application and lottery process held each January. Transportation is provided for students who are selected for enrollment in a magnet school. For more information about magnet schools in District 196, click here.

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