Twenty-three Clark County School District (CCSD) Magnet Schools are
recipients of 26 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Merit Awards for 2017-18. Thirteen
Magnet Schools were awarded Schools of Excellence and 11 schools were awarded
Schools of Distinction.
“We are honored to continuously be recognized, year after year, by MSA for our Magnet
Schools’ outstanding achievements,” said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.
“Having four first-time winners on the list is a testament to the impact our Magnet
Schools are having on student achievement, and the dedication of those who are in the
classroom with our students every day, preparing them for college and career.”
Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts, Kenny C. Guinn Middle School, Walter
Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies and Gordon McCaw
STEAM Academy won their first Merit Awards.
“As the district celebrates 25 years of Magnet School education, I am proud that our list
of nationally-recognized Magnet Schools continues to grow,” Skorkowsky added.
The following schools earned the 2017-18 MSA Magnet School of Excellence Award,
which is the top merit award category given to a select group of Magnet Schools across
the nation that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all facets of the
merit award application:
Advanced Technologies Academy
Jim Bridger Middle School
James Cashman Middle School
Ed W. Clark High School
Desert Pines High School Academy of Communications and Information
Desert Pines High School Academy of Hospitality
East Career and Technical Academy
K.O. Knudson Middle School
Jo Mackey Academy of Leadership and Global Communication
Gordon McCaw STEAM Academy
Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Southeast Career and Technical Academy
Southwest Career and Technical Academy
Valley High School International Baccalaureate Program
Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be
named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New and Emerging Magnet School.
One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald
P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious
magnet school award in the nation.
The following schools earned the 2017-18 Magnet School of Distinction Award, which is
the second-highest level of awards given to Magnet Schools that have met all the basic
requirements outlined in MSA’s merit awards scoring rubric: Walter Bracken STEAM Academy
Kit Carson International Academy
Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts
Robert O. Gibson Middle School
Kenny C. Guinn Middle School
Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet School
Walter Johnson Junior High School Academy of International Studies
Rancho High School Academy of Aviation
Rancho High School Academy of Pre-Medicine
Valley High School Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
West Career and Technical Academy
Thurman White Academy of the Performing Arts
“For over two decades, CCSD Magnet Schools have proven to be the premier choice
for families in CCSD due to their continued success,” said Magnet Schools and Career
and Technical Academies Director Gia Moore. “We owe this success to our hardworking
school community: teachers, support staff, students and parents!”
To learn more about Magnet Schools of America, visit magnet.edu.
For more information about CCSD Magnet Schools, visit magnet.ccsd.net.