Perrine Elementary named as ‘Magnet School of Excellence’

Pictured are students from one of Perrine Elementary’s magnet dance classes.

Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School in Palmetto Bay has received a prestigious honor from Magnet Schools of America, a National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools. It has been named a “Magnet School of Excellence.”

To earn this national recognition a school must show “a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality education to students.”

The school’s principal, Maileen A. Ferrer, was pleased the work that she and her staff have put into the program has been recognized. The school came close twice before, in 2009 and 2010, but this level is a first.

“I just got the notification the end of February,” Ferrer said. “In the past we’ve received the Schools of Distinction award, which is one below, and this is the top award, so we’re very excited.”

Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School, located at 8851 SW 168 St., is a magnet school with a focus on Visual Arts, Dance, Music and Theater in grades 3 to 5.

The 30th Magnet Schools of America Conference will take place in Dallas, TX, May 18-21, hosted by the Dallas Independent School District. The award will be presented by Dr. Robert G. Brooks, executive director of Magnet Schools of America, and William Magnotta, president, during the award luncheon on Sunday, May 20.

A representative of Miami-Dade County Public Schools will receive the special recognition on behalf of Perrine Elementary School.

A distinguished honor in itself, it also places Perrine Elementary in competition for one of several cash awards as a Magnet School of Excellence recipient.

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