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San Antonito Named National Magnet School of Distinction – Albuquerque Public Schools


Posted: January 28, 2022


San Antonito Named National Magnet School of Distinction


The East Mountain elementary school was named a Magnet School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools

San Antonito teachers implement at least eight hours of STEM integration within each instructional week and three project-based learning units per year. Students attend maker space and technology classes each week, as well as physical education, art, and library classes.

The 11-acre campus houses gardens, nature trails, an outdoor classroom, a beautiful campus that supports environmental science initiatives, and innovative learning through STEM integration.

San Antonito utilizes local experts, families, and businesses to enhance students’ learning using real-world connections. The school’s PTA is actively involved and supports students, families, and staff in various ways. 

Principal Patricia Gallegos shares her thoughts on this very prestigious national award: “I am so proud of each and every staff member of San Antonito STEM Magnet. We gladly accept this Merit Award from Magnet Schools of America. Even through all of the COVID safety protocols, my staff continues to come up with innovative ways to incorporate environmental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into the weekly curriculum through grade-level project-based learning. I would like to thank Albuquerque Public Schools and the Office of Innovation for their continuous support of our STEM focus and goals.”

The award-winning school also Magnet Schools of America’s Merit Award of Distinction, the STEMY from Air Force Research Labs for School of the Year in STEM Excellence, and National Magnet Certification from Magnet Schools of America.

Presentation of Excellence Award

Principal Gallegos will be recognized and receive a Magnet School of Excellence Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held during Magnet Schools of America’s 39th National Conference hosted by Clark County School District in Clark County, Nevada April 18-22, 2022.

To receive a national excellence award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their 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.





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