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L.A. magnet school wins another award

April 28, 2009 | 11:47 am

A Los Angeles public school is the sole California recipient of the Magnet School of Distinction, awarded by the National Organization of Magnet Schools of America.

This is the second consecutive year that the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies has been recognized by the organization. The award is based on academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts.

Students take a rigorous curriculum at the school, where almost half are eligible for the federal free lunch program. The school won the California Distinguished School Award in 2005, the California Title I Academic Achievement Award in 2006 and 2007, a Silver Medal from U.S. News and World Report in 2007 and 2008, and the Newsweek.com Top 500 Schools in America Award, according to the magnet school association.