The Wake STEM Early College High School — a joint program between the NC State College of Education and Wake County Public School System — has received the Magnet Schools of America’s 2017-18 Magnet School of Excellence Award.
Wake STEM Early College is the only magnet school in Wake County to earn the honor this year.
Principal David Schwenker said he was proud of the Early College students, staff and stakeholders for their hard work and dedication.
The Magnet Schools of America honors top magnet schools in the United States annually for demonstrating a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high-quality educational services to all stakeholders.
Students who attend the Wake STEM Early College earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit over the course of a five-year curriculum that focuses on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
More than 125 of Wake STEM Early College’s 264 students are considered first-generation college students.