Four Schools Honored by Magnet Schools of America

March 7, 2014
ESUMS, named 2014 Magnet School of Excellence; Barnard, Mauro-Sheridan, and Ross Woodward named 2014 Magnet Schools of Distinction.
New Haven Public Schools is proud to announce that four schools have won 2014 merit awards from the Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.
The Engineering & Science University Magnet School has earned the prestigious honor of being named a 2014 School of Excellence. Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School; Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications School; and Ross Woodward Classical Studies School all were named 2014 Magnet Schools of Distinction.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these schools for the work that their staff does every day to put our students first and provide an excellent education and unique, challenging learning environment for all. Congratulations to ESUMS, Barnard, Mauro-Sheridan, and Ross Woodward on this well-deserved and incredibly meaningful recognition,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries.
According to the Magnet Schools of America, this year marked a record number of applications while the application criteria placed a greater emphasis on “diversity, school-wide instructional approach, and academic excellence and equity.” The 2014 conference will be held in Hartford, CT.
ESUMS Principal Medria Blue-Ellis said receiving the award is a huge honor.
“Our entire school community—district, administrative team, teachers, staff, parents, university and business partners and especially students—has worked hard to take a place among the many schools which are examples of how education has been re-thought. We are proud and humbled by this honor and are committed to continuing our quest for educational excellence,” Principal Blue-Ellis said.
Principal Mike Crocco of Barnard noted, “Winning the award two years in a row is a tremendous honor and a testament to our belief that shared and distributive leadership consistently yields positive results. I am extremely proud of our teachers, students, and community for the hard work that they do on a constant basis.”
Principal of Mauro-Sheridan, Denise Coles-Cross, stated, “This recognition is the result of our hard working and dedicated staff, committed parents, capable students, and supportive community members. Receiving this prestigious reward only further validates and invigorates our commitment to bringing the best learning opportunities to our students.”
“This is an honor that the Ross Woodward will celebrate for years to come,” said Ross Woodward Principal Cheryl Brown. “We not only hope to foster a strong sense of academic development, but also an unshakeable sense of character and integrity as our students evolve through our educational system.”