VNHS named a 2020 National Magnet School of Excellence



Van Nuys High School Magnet Program Named National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America

September 25, 2020 

Van Nuys High School has been named to the “Top 20” National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

Boasting 36 years of excellence, Van Nuys High School (VNHS) offers three magnet programs: Medical, Performing Arts, and Science/Technology/Math. Each magnet is infused with a College Preparatory core curriculum of mathematics and sciences, regardless of study emphasis. The arts include a variety of creative opportunities including dance, theater, voice, music, film, and stage technology. Magnet students can create accommodating class schedules that afford diverse and interactive experiences and offer a competitive advantage in career and advanced academic pursuits. VNHS provides comprehensive educational experiences preparing all students for success- ensuring career and college readiness offering students access to the core curriculum, multiple options in their preferred magnet and a superior, interdisciplinary, standards-based education where students attain skills necessary to succeed in a democratic community.

Yolanda Gardea, Principal of Van Nuys High School, will be recognized and receive a National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 38th National Conference hosted by Clark County School District in Clark County, Nevada, April 5-9, 2021.

Magnet School of Excellence Awards are only given to a select group of magnet schools.

Since the annual conference did not occur this year due to COVID-19, a Merit Top 20 Certificate has been shared with Van Nuys High School to be displayed in the school.

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a trained panel of readers. 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.

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