New Century Technology High Selected as A Nationally Certified Magnet School
New Century Technology High School has been named a Nationally Certified Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. New Century is the only school in Alabama selected and is among the first 55 schools nationwide to successfully complete an approximately nine month evaluation process and demonstrate through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that it has established the best practices entailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence.
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 pillars and standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs. Julie Summers, the Magnet Coordinator for New Century, says that, as a result of the pillars and certification process, the school has “brought in more community involvement and the curriculum has become more up-to-date.” She added that it’s all about making sure that New Century remains one of the top magnet schools in the country.
To become nationally certified, New Century Technology High School submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). The application process required the school to submit evidence demonstrating how it met each of the multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement. Principal Sheila Roby says it required a lot of teamwork, saying “we had to rely on all of our stakeholders becoming involved.”
“In an increasingly complex school choice environment, parents, families, students, and local communities can be confident that each nationally certified magnet school is held to the same high standards,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “The certification process is groundbreaking and the first of its kind. It was created to recognize our most exemplary magnet programs.”
New Century Technology High will be recognized during a ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago, Illinois April 25-29, 2018. The school is also eligible to order a National Certification banner to display at the school and will receive an electronic seal to place on its website and on other appropriate school materials.
To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification program, please visit the Magnet Schools of America Website.