18 U.S. Schools Named Intel Schools of Distinction Finalists

Schools Honored for Science and Math Programs

  • 18 U.S. schools named Schools of Distinction finalists.
  • Awards for Math and Science Excellence include cash, goods and services.
  • Six to be named Intel Schools of Distinction, one a “Star Innovator,” in September.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 18, 2012 – Intel Corporation today named 18 U.S. schools as finalists in the 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Awards.

The winning schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow’s innovators.

Each of the 18 schools will receive $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. in September when six schools will be named Intel Schools of Distinction. These six schools will each win an additional $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a package of goods and services with a total value of approximately $500,000 split among the schools.

One of the six schools will also be selected as “Star Innovator” and will receive $25,000 from the Intel Foundation, and additional prizes and services from sponsors.

Intel sponsors the Schools of Distinction Awards to honor schools for implementing innovative math and science programs and serving as models for other schools.

“The schools selected as Intel Schools of Distinction are leaders in preparing their students to become America’s next generation of thinkers and doers,” said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation. “Intel is recognizing these schools as exemplary models of what can be achieved through hard work and innovation in the areas of math and science.”

The Schools of Distinction program honors schools that provide a rich, rigorous science or mathematics curriculum incorporating hands-on investigative experiences which prepare students for 21st century jobs. Programs focus on solving real-life problems as a team and encourage student achievement while helping students become knowledgeable consumers of news and data in order to be active and informed citizens.

The 18 finalist schools are:


Elementary Schools:   Dana Elementary School – Dana, N.C.

Forest Hills School – Florence, Ala.

George Hall Elementary School – Madison, Ala.


Middle Schools:          Dowell Middle School – McKinney, Texas

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School – Chicago

Technology Access Foundation Academy – Kent, Wash.


High Schools:              Baruch College Campus High School – New York

Peachtree Ridge High School – Suwanee, Ga.

School of Science and Engineering – Dallas



Elementary Schools:   Gary And Bobbye Jack Minshew Elementary School – McKinney, Texas

Legacy Elementary School – Madison, Ala.

West Melbourne Elementary School for Science – West Melbourne, Fla.


Middle Schools:          Edison Computech Middle School – Fresno, Calif.

Ni River Middle School – Spotsylvania, Va.

Penn Alexander School – Philadelphia


High Schools:              Boston Latin School – Boston

Gatton Academy – Bowling Green, Ky.

Ossining High School – Ossining, N.Y.


For more information on the Intel Schools of Distinctions Awards visit: www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction.

Intel’s sponsorship of the Schools of Distinction Awards is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, a sustained public-private partnership with governments in more than 50 countries. Through this $100 million a year initiative, Intel delivers programs that improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills and encourages excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. For more information, visit: www.intel.com/education.

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