Apollo Middle School has been recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) as a Nationally Certified-Demonstration School. Apollo is the only school in Broward County - and only one in ten schools in the nation - that received this prestigious recognition. “The certification process is groundbreaking and the first of its kind. It was created to recognize our most exemplary magnet programs,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “In an increasingly complex school choice environment, parents, families, students, and local communities can be assured of the quality of education that is provided in each certified magnet school.
The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and family and community partnerships). Apollo Middle School has a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) magnet program that provides middle school students a rigorous and enriching academic curriculum in the STEM field. The Demonstration Schools will serve as learning laboratories for school innovation and improvement for others to observe and follow. Shawn Aycock, principal of Apollo Middle School stated, "I am so beyond proud of all my STEMtastic Apollo Rocket Students and Staff for having their outstanding work recognized as the only Broward County School to be awarded as a National Certified Demonstration School." Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students.