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Spring Hill High School, Career Pathways Magnet, named National Magnet School of Distinction

IRMO, SC - Spring Hill High School, Career Pathways Magnet, has been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and themed-based schools. Spring Hill High School Principal Dr. Michael Lofton was recognized for this achievement by South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman at a ceremony on March 14. The school will receive its award at the Magnet Schools of America’s 35th National Conference in Los Angeles April 26-30.

“This award exemplifies the dedication that our teachers have for teaching and the dedication our students have for learning,” Lofton said. “We at Spring Hill High School strive to create an environment that is about caring for one another and supporting each other. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity in District Five and being named a National Magnet School of Distinction is a testament to all the hard work everyone is doing here at Spring Hill!”

Spring Hill High School is an all-magnet, all-choice high school in District Five that offers five focus programs to students from grades 9-12 including: Engineering, Entertainment, Entrepreneurial, Environmental Studies and Exercise Science academies. Through these academies, students are immersed into high tech, real-world environments which develop core knowledge, ignite imagination and make learning relevant by using themed standards-based curriculum. This approach enhances college and career readiness by guiding students to make critical connections between their educational journey and our dynamic world.

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student 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.

Sara Wheeler, District Five Magnet School Program Director and President of Magnet Schools of America, was elated about Spring Hill’s recognition. “District Five prides itself in our magnet programs and we have long placed a priority on growing our academic programs through magnets and other offerings,” Wheeler said. “We are so proud of Dr. Lofton and Spring Hill High School, Career Pathways Magnet, for becoming a National Magnet School of Distinction!”

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