Two Elementary Schools named Magnet Schools of Distinction


Johnson STEAM Academy and Kenwood Leadership Academy have both been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet schools of America.

To receive a national merit award, the schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. They are then judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise students’ academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.

Johnson STEAM Academy (JSA) is in its fourth year as a magnet school. JSA’s mission is to guide all learners to discover their passions through innovative learning experiences through the lens of integrated theme-based STEAM learning experiences. JSA is committed to high-quality learning, relationships, partnerships, and an engaging community learning environment. JSA is viewed as a leader in innovative educational practices at the local, state, and national level.

The Kenwood Leadership Academy (KLA) community is in their third year as a magnet school. They’re on a mission to see, inspire, and empower the lifelong learner and leaders in all of their students. KLA utilizes the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me philosophy to build leadership skills and dispositions while engaging in teacher and learning. Staff and students are empowered to lead their learning, developing 21st century skills and sharing their learning and leadership with the community.

“Our students, staff, families, and community should all celebrate this award as they all played an important part in our outcomes over the past three years that led to this award,” said KLA Principal David Brandon.

Representatives of both schools will receive their school’s award during the Magnet Schools of America 37th National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, April 10-13, 2019.

Congrats to JSA and KLA on this achievement!

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