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Denton Magnet School of Technology named School of Excellence


Denton Magnet School of Technology is one of 10 schools statewide to receive the A+ College Ready ‘School of Excellence’ award for record academic growth during its time in the A+ College Ready program.


A+ College Ready, in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, is a statewide initiative that partners with secondary schools to develop a diverse pipeline of students prepared for success in college, career, and life through expanding access to Advanced Placement (AP) and other challenging coursework in grades 6-12. Participating schools receive high-quality training, incentives, supplies, curricular materials, student study sessions, AP exam subsidies, and other ongoing support. Denton Magnet School has been a program school since 2022.


Schools that receive the 2023 ‘School of Excellence’ have met or exceeded their academic goals for the 2022-2023 school year. High schools in the program met or exceeded their individual goals for qualifying scores on the spring 2022 Advanced Placement (AP) exams by increasing the number of AP qualifying scores, and middle schools met or exceeded their individual goals on the PSAT 8/9 exam.


Denton Magnet School of Technology saw an increase of 70 points this school year.


“It is a great honor for our school to be part of the A+ program and receive this award for academic achievement," said Denton Magnet Principal Alastair Stevenson. "Our students and teachers have been working hard and certainly deserve to be recognized for their success.”


The other nine schools honored were: Benjamin Russell, Central-Clay County, Orange Beach, Plainview, Hewitt-Trussville, Wetumpka, and Winston County high schools; and Parrish and Jasper junior high schools.


“In order for students to be successful in life after K-12 schooling, they need to be challenged and supported in school,” said Tammy Dunn, Vice President for Academic Affairs, A+ College Ready. “We are so proud of this year’s TEN Schools of Excellence for their dedication to the program and subsequent success for students. This commitment to high expectations and rigor in the classroom will have a lasting impact on these students for years to come.”


Pictured above are: Alabama Board of Education Representative Jackie Zeigler, Denton Magnet School of Technology Principal Alastair Stevenson, Denton A-Plus College Ready Coordinator Debra Quinones, Alabama Board of Education Representative Dr. Tonya Chestnut, and Alabama Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey.

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