Maloney Magnet School Receives the National Magnet School Distinction Award


WATERBURY- Maloney Magnet School in Waterbury has received the National Magnet School of Distinction Award. Maloney Magnet School will be recognized at the Magnet Schools of America’s 40th National Conference hosted by Dallas Independent School district, April 18-22, 2023.

Magnet School of Distinction Awards are the second level of awards given to magnet schools that have met all the basic requirements outlined in the merit awards scoring rubric. To receive a national merit award, schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. 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.

“Receiving the Distinction Award is a significant achievement,” said Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin. “Magnet schools are a vital part of our public education system here in Waterbury and it helps our students learn specialized skills to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. Our educators work vigorously to promote diversity and provide a high quality education and learning environment to our students. We are thrilled to see their hard work and commitment to excellence recognized.”

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Waterbury Public Schools offer a comprehensive educational program to over 18,600 students in grades Pre-K through 12. This program includes core academics, fine and applied arts, health and fitness, and career pathway offerings as well as special education, an alternative school, and several enrichment programs. Waterbury Public Schools mission is to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. Learn more at

Magnet Schools of America (MSA)
Magnet Schools of America is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs. 


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