Published on September 10th, 2020 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



PHOTO L-R: Phyllis Cottner and Susan King (Magnet Schools of America), Spring Valley Principal Jeff Temoney, Spring Valley Director of Magnet Programs Dr. Michelle Wyatt, and Richland Two Director of Magnet Programs Barbara Turner.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Spring Valley High School has been named as a “Top 20” National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. Being a National Magnet School of Excellence Merit award winner not only ranks Spring Valley among the best magnet schools in the country, it also gives the school a chance to win the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson award. The Dr. Ronald P. Simpson School of Excellence Award is considered the most prestigious award for magnet schools in the nation and includes a $5,000 cash award. 

Spring Valley offers the Discovery and Explorations magnet programs. Discovery is a rigorous, honors/AP four-year program designed for students with special motivation, interest, aptitude, and commitment to the study of science and math. Explorations is a four-year, college preparatory program designed with an emphasis on the science, mathematics, and communications skills needed to compete in the technological career areas of the future.

 “This designation underscores the tremendous work being done in our magnet programs every day. I am so proud of the efforts our magnet teachers, students and parents put into making the Discovery and Explorations programs two of the best magnets in the nation,” said Spring Valley Principal, Jeff Temoney. 

To receive a national merit award, Spring Valley submitted a detailed application and was scored on its demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme. The final steps in determining the top five magnet schools included a site visit from MSA representatives who experienced a snapshot of the overall school and how the programs function within the school. The top five magnet schools will be announced at the MSA National Conference in April.


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