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Ball High School’s Media Arts & Digital Technology Community Named Nationally Certified Magnet School

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Ball High School’s Media Arts & Digital Technology Community Named Nationally Certified Magnet School

Ball High’s Media Arts & Digital Technology Community Joins Select Group of Schools Nationwide that Adhere to Rigorous Magnet School Standards of Excellence.


GALVESTON, TX (September 18, 2018) -  The Ball High School Media Arts & Digital Technology Community has been named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. The BHS Media Arts & Digital Technology Community was among 21 schools located in 12 states (AL, CT, FL, IL, KY, LA, MN, NC, NM, NV, SC, 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 recognizes the highest quality schools in public education. Nationally certified magnet schools illustrate and emulate rigorous theme-based curriculum, ensure diverse settings in which students thrive and are prepared for college and career,” said Kelly Bucherie, Director for Magnet School Leadership, Magnet Schools of America.


The national certification process is based on the 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 exemplary magnet programs.


To become nationally certified The BHS Media Arts & Digital Technology Community 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 meets 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 day, and encouraging parent and community involvement.


The BHS Media Arts & Digital Technology Community functions as a school-within-a-school model. This community is one of four theme-focused magnet programs at Ball High School which serves a diverse student population. Students in this community operate a full-time on-air and online radio station, as well as produce videos for the campus and community. Students also learn a variety of technical skills not only applicable to mass media production, but skills that support social media integration, communication, and marketing in a variety of existing and emerging fields. “Housing four magnet programs allows students the advantages of a large comprehensive school while creating a sense of belonging in a smaller community.  Our students thrive in the themed environment which encourages self-confidence and collaboration.” says BHS Principal, Joseph Pillar.


BHS Media Arts & Digital Technology Community will be recognized during a ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on April 10-13, 2019. The school is also eligible to order a National Certification banner and will receive a medallion and electronic seal to place on its website and other school materials to publicize this new distinction.

To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification program, please visit