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Raymond Academy for Engineering to receive international award

Raymond Academy for Engineering in the Aldine Independent School District will be honored by Magnet Schools of America at the 20th Conference on Magnet Schools.

The school was selected as a Magnet School of Excellence award winner. This award honors the top magnet schools in the nation based on the criteria of reduction of racial isolation, academic achievement, innovation of programming, parental involvement, and staff development.

Raymond Academy was also selected from a field of 62 candidate schools as a finalist for the Ronald P. Simpson Award.

This award is given to the most outstanding magnet school in America and includes a $5000 cash award.
Ms. Caroline Massengill and Ms. Donna Grady-Creer, President of Magnet Schools of America will present the awards, during the April 27 – May 3 conference held in Aldine.

Attendees will include nearly eight hundred administrators and faculty members from magnet schools and school districts in the United States and around the world.

Magnet schools were developed during the 1970’s in the United States to combat the inequity of segregated schooling. Specially designed curricula with a particular educational theme was placed in minority-dominated schools to attract majority students and improve the racial balance of the schools and the quality of education for all students,

More information on Raymond Academy can be found at http://www.aldine.k12.tx.us/default.cfm on the Internet.

More information on Magnet Schools of America can be found at http://www.magnet.edu