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Pasco County Schools Trio Earns National Merit Schools of Distinction Honor from Magnet Schools of America

This post was created on 01/26/2024.

In an exceptional achievement for the school district, Pasco County Schools is delighted to announce that three of its schools have been recognized as National Merit Schools of Distinction. Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools, awarded the prestigious title. Hudson High School's Cambridge Programme, Sunray Elementary School's Cambridge Programme, and Sanders Memorial STEAM Elementary School each earned this commendable designation.

The accolade highlights these schools' outstanding dedication to academic excellence, innovative curricula, and robust family and community partnerships. An essential part of earning this distinction involved a rigorous application process, where schools were required to showcase their proficiency in these areas. The applications were carefully reviewed and scored by a discerning panel of educators, ensuring only the most exceptional programs received the honor.

Each school distinguished itself through its dedication to integrating specialized themes into curricula and instructional methods. Their commitment ensures students don't just learn but thrive through enriched educational experiences that are both engaging and challenging.

"We are thrilled that the hard work and innovative spirit of our school communities are being celebrated on a national stage," said Kurt S. Browning, Superintendent of Pasco County Schools. "This recognition is a testament to the steadfast commitment of our educators, students, and parents in creating dynamic learning environments that embody the essence of our magnet themes."

By achieving the National Merit Schools of Distinction status, these schools have demonstrated their effectiveness in raising student academic achievement, providing diverse educational environments, and fostering continuous improvement through evidence-based instruction aligned with their theme.

Pasco County Schools extends heartfelt congratulations to the faculty, staff, students, and families of Hudson High School's Cambridge Programme, Sunray Elementary School's Cambridge Programme, and Sanders Memorial STEAM Elementary School for earning this significant national recognition.