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Ridgecrest Elementary earns national recognition as an exemplary magnet program

Aug. 17, 2018


Magnet Schools of America Seal

The Ridgecrest Elementary Center for Gifted Studies has been recognized as a Nationally Certified Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of America.

Magnet Schools of America, the national association of magnet and theme-based schools, created this national certification process to recognize the most exemplary magnet schools in the nation.

The certification status is valid through August 2022.

The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships). These standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs.

National Demonstration Schools exceed the criteria outlined in the Standards of Excellence and are models that should be closely studied and replicated. They serve as learning laboratories for school innovation and improvement for others to observe and follow.

Ridgecrest Elementary was among 21 schools in 12 states to successfully complete a rigorous nine-month evaluation process and demonstrate through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that they have established the Magnet School Standards of Excellence in their schools.

Ridgecrest Elementary now joins Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary Center for Mathematics & Engineering as the district's only Magnet Schools of America nationally certified schools.


Nationwide, less than 200 schools have achieved this honor since the first cohort was recognized in 2017. To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification program, visit