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AITE named National Magnet School of Distinction

By Stamford Public Schools

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Stamford, CT - Stamford Public Schools is proud to announce that the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE) has been named a 2013 Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools.

“AITE is honored to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Principal Paul Gross. “AITE stands out among other magnets for our range of college and career interest areas, including IT, Bio-Medical Sciences, Architecture and Pre-Engineering, and the six world languages that we offer, as well as our community collaboration, which results in internships, mentoring and career-based field trips for our students.”

AITE is an inter-district, public, magnet school that attracts students from across western Fairfield County.

“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity. This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally. Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation.” says Magnet Schools of America Executive Director, Scott Thomas.

To receive a merit award MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. There are two categories of merit awards: (1) Magnet Schools of Excellence, the top award given to a select group of magnet schools, and (2) Magnet Schools of Distinction, the second highest award of recognition.

Magnet schools in the excellence category are eligible to receive monetary awards including $1,000 for the New & Emerging Magnet School Award and $5,000 for the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, considered the top award for magnet schools in the nation.

AITE Assistant Principal Tina Rivera will receive the school’s merit award plaque during an awards ceremony at the 31st National Conference on Magnet Schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 5-8, 2013.

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America’s merit awards program, please visit

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