June 2018

The School District of Palm Beach County was recently announced as the winner of the District Sustainability Award by Magnet Schools of America. The District Sustainability Award is the highest award in the nation for a school district to receive regarding Magnet programs.


“Our efforts as educators is to provide the very best for all our students and supporting them in their interests,” said Dr. Peter Licata, Assistant Superintendent of Choice and Innovation. “Our world and workforce is changing and by providing equity and sustainability in our programs, we set the pathway for all our students to become future leaders.”

The award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies equity, excellence, and diversity while sustaining magnet programs and schools.

“Engage. Educate. Empower. That’s what we are all about and we are proud of our ability to work diligently as a school district and community to make sure we provide the necessary pathways for our students to be successful,” said Dr. Jeraline Johnson, Director of Choice and Career Options. “We will continue to strive for excellence, equity, and sustainability with all of our Choice and Career programs.”

From the original magnet schools Suncoast High and Atlantic High that started in 1989, to the recent K-8/Dual Language Program at North Grade Elementary set to open next year, the School District has offered incredible, sustainable programs for all students. The District has more than 300 programs in more than 100 schools, and is a national leader in Choice and Magnet Schools.

“This Magnet Schools of America award recognizes the outstanding dedication and commitment of the educators in the Choice and Career Academy programs to promote equity, excellence, and diversity in their programs as they prepare all students for college and career,” said Sandra Wesson, Manager of Choice Programs.

Magnet Schools of America is a national nonprofit professional education association whose members are schools and school districts. The association represents and, is a resource to, magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations and institutions of higher education.

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