Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School Named National Magnet School of Excellence - AZEdNews
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Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School Named National Magnet School of Excellence

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  • Karla Escamilla   |   Tucson Unified School District

Top 20

Tucson Unified School District is proud to share that Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet 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.

Davis Bilingual Magnet elementary has proudly promoted a “Spanish Immersion” Bilingual model for more than thirty-seven years. All teachers hold a Bilingual Endorsement and participate in on-going training in culturally responsive teaching and bilingual methodology. In order to provide a broad foundation for meaningful language learning, enrichment classes are provided for students in Art, Music, Gardening, and PE using Spanish as the vehicle for instruction, while offering opportunities for cultural celebrations and transdisciplinary connections. The Tucson community embraces this program as one in which cultural diversity, “familia,” traditions and language learning are celebrated.

“The Magnet School of Excellence Awards are only given to an elite group of magnet schools. I am very proud that our dedicated teachers and staff are being recognized for the amazing work they do with students every day,” said Jose Olivas, Principal Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School. “Since the annual conference did not occur this year due to COVID-19, we received the Merit Top 20 Certificate to display in our 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.

To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu.