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Westdale Middle School magnet program, teacher honored 

The Westdale Middle World Language Immersion Magnet program was recognized as the Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. 

Westdale Middle World Language Immersion Magnet is a middle school program serving sixth to eighth grades in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

 With a magnet component of World Language Immersion, students are able to study all academic classes in one of three languages: French, Mandarin or Spanish. 

Westdale Middle is also proud to announce Cristina Manzanares Mariscal as the National Magnet Teacher of the Year. In addition to these distinguishments, Mandarin Immersion students of Westdale Middle made history as the first students to present at the National Conference on Magnet Schools. 

Presentation of Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence Award: 

Westdale was recognized and received the Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at the National Conference on Magnet Schools on April 16-19 in New York City. 

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a trained panel of readers. These schools are reviewed and awarded points 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. 

To learn more about MSA and the national merit awards program, visit www.magnet.edu. 

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