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Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School earns top national honor for offering an exemplary new magnet school experience

April 30, 2021

Tech High Principal Martha Giancola celebrates  earning MSA's highest honor for new magnets

Magnet Schools of America has awarded Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School at Seminole the New and Emerging Magnet School of Excellence Award. This is the highest honor possible for a new magnet school.

The MSA Merit award was announced during a virtual conference on Friday, April 30.

The New and Emerging Magnet School of Excellence Award shines a light on Richard O. Jacobson Technical High School’s outstanding leadership, innovative curriculum, and community partnerships.

“We are humbled to receive national recognition from Magnet Schools of America for the rewarding work we do every day. None of this would be possible without the support of our dedicated school team, top-notch teachers and community partners,” said Principal Martha Giancola. “We are committed to offering students opportunities to engage in their education and real-world experiences that prepare them for college and high-demand careers.”

Fondly called Tech High, Jacobson Technical High School gives students a challenging high school experience that prepares them for success in college, careers and life. At the countywide magnet school, students have opportunities to take advanced classes, earn industry certifications, participate in internships and take advantage of college dual enrollment. 

Tech High offers students a choice of seven career programs: Commercial and Digital arts, Gaming and Simulation Programming, Building and Construction, Electricity, Marine Mechanics, Nursing, and Veterinary Science. The school integrates career and technical training throughout core classes, electives and extracurricular activities. Each student’s schedule includes electives that are tied to their specific career path.

Schools that MSA ranks the highest in the “excellence category” are eligible to receive monetary awards. Tech High will receive a $1,000 cash award sponsored by the Washington, DC Law Firm Hogan Lovells.

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association dedicated to providing vision, leadership and support for innovative programs that promote choice, equity, diversity, access and excellence for all students.