Published: Feb 28, 2011 8:50 PM EST
Updated: Feb 28, 2011 5:51 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Dunbar High School Academy for Technology Excellence has been selected for a Magnet School of Excellence Award by Magnet Schools of America.  This is the top category of awards given by Magnet Schools of America, and is based on a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality education to students..

Principal Carl Burnside states “This is truly a prestigious honor to be bestowed upon Dunbar High School as it signifies that Dunbar has a premiere magnet school program that acknowledges continued excellence on the national level.  The success that Dunbar continues to experience should inspire Lee County parents and students to take advantage of all of the technology programs at Dunbar including its new Computer Game Design and Programming Academy.”

Dunbar High School will be honored Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at the 29th National Magnet Schools of America Conference hosted by the Indianapolis Public Schools in Indiana.  At the presentation, top Magnet Schools of Excellence will be presented with cash awards.

The Academy for Technology Excellence (ATE) program and the new Academy for Digital Excellence (ADE) program offer 9th-12th grade students’ hands-on experiences taught by IT certified instructors. All ATE & ADE students have the opportunity to acquire over 18 recognized industry standard computer certifications opportunities in areas associated with information technology (IT) and/or digital design.  Honors weighted credit and dual enrollment credit are also offered for the ATE courses, paving the way toward post secondary education. Additionally, the programs meet the requirements for the Florida Gold Seal Scholarship.

To date, the Academy for Technology Excellence and the new Academy for Digital Excellence program combined have achieved over 2,225 International IT Computer certification tests passed. The ATE program has been declared by Microsoft as the 1st Microsoft certified high school in the world and has been a feature school for Adobe.