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Oppe Elementary School Named Nationally Certified Magnet School

Oppe Elementary School Named Nationally Certified Magnet School

Oppe Joins National Cohort of Magnet Schools that Meet Rigorous Standards of Excellence


GALVESTON, TX (March 22, 2018) - Oppe Elementary School, Campus of Coastal Studies, has been named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. Oppe Elementary School was among 38 schools located in 12 states (AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, LA, MN, NC, NV, SC, TN, and TX) to successfully complete a rigorous 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 certification process validates the highest caliber schools and programs we have in public education.  It has been very encouraging for MSA evaluators to see the outstanding curriculum, professional educators, and learning environments that are provided for students in these magnet schools,” said Kelly Bucherie, Director for Magnet School Leadership, Magnet Schools of America.


The national certification process is based on the MSA 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. Together, these qualities define the common elements of the strongest magnet programs.


To become nationally certified, Oppe Elementary 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 within 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. 


“At Oppe Elementary School, Campus of Coastal Studies, students are immersed in the rich history of Galveston as well as the marine biology of the Gulf Coast.  Students enhance their classroom learning with hands-on activities, student guided enrichment projects and study trips to explore local resources such as sandy beaches, coastal wetlands, and historical landmarks.  With the help of a dedicated teaching staff, Oppe is helping to develop the future stewards of our environment.” Explains Alice Prets, Oppe Elementary Principal.   

Oppe Elementary School will be recognized during a ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference in Chicago, Illinois on April 25-29, 2018. The school is also eligible to order a National Certification banner and will receive an electronic seal to place on its website and on other school materials to celebrate this new distinction.


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