Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School and Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts are once again among the top magnet schools in the nation after earning the 2017 National Award of Excellence and the 2017 National Award of Distinction, respectively, from Magnet Schools of America.excellence seal

Schools receiving awards are judged on their demonstrated ability to raise student achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s theme.

This is the tenth consecutive year that the Osseo Area Schools elementary STEM program has received a national award, while Birch Grove’s award marks the ninth time the arts school has been recognized by Magnet Schools of America.

Principals Dennis Palm (Weaver Lake) and Jeff Zastrow (Birch Grove) will receive their awards at Magnet Schools of America’s 35th National Conference in Los Angeles, Calif., next month.

About our elementary magnet schools

Weaver Lake Elementary provides a dynamic, inquiry-based learning environment for students in grades K-5. Weaver Lake’s STEM program incorporates value-added, hands-on activities that focus on problem solving and analytical thinking skills. The school is dedicated to creating lifelong learners who are actively involved in inquiry, exploration and discovery.

Birch Grove Elementary is an arts magnet for grades K-5 that integrates visual arts, music, drama and dance into the classroom curriculum while providing value-added opportunities in the arts. Students receive daily standards-based instruction with arts specialists and have the opportunity to participate in arts elective classes, performing troupes, early-entrance band and orchestra, and an all-school musical.