Intel Names 'Schools of Distinction' Finalists


Intel this week named 18 finalists in its 2007 "Intel Schools of Distinction Awards" competition. The finalists compete for grants totaling about $1 million in cash and technology based on the quality of their math and science programs.

The competition is broken down into two categories: mathematics excellence and science excellence. Finalists were chosen from public and private schools. Three winners will be chosen from each of the two categories to receive $10,000 in a cash grant from the Intel Foundation, as well as various hardware and software packages valued at about $160,000.

Finalists in the math category include:

  • Balboa Elementary, San Diego, CA
  • Forest Park Elementary, Fremont, CA
  • Washington Elementary, Santa Clara, CA
  • KIPP: Adelante Preparatory Academy, San Diego, CA
  • Sewell Middle School, Bremen, GA
  • Bergen Academies - Hackensack, Hackensack, NJ
  • Eastlake High School, Sammamish, WA
  • Miami Lakes Educational Center, Miami Lakes, FL
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, VA

Finalists in the science category include:

  • Escalante School, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Lackland Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
  • Woodland Elementary School, Atlanta, GA
  • Alternative School - Math & Science, Corning, NY
  • Belhaven Middle School, Linwood, NJ
  • Conyers Middle School, Conyers, GA
  • Greenhills High School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Gresham High School, Gresham, OR
  • San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

"These 18 schools share a common passion, commitment and drive to improve students' educational experience and learning, serving as role models for schools across the nation," said Brenda Musilli, Intel Corporation director of education. "Each school has achieved academic excellence in mathematics and science by embracing such 21st century learning skills as digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as teamwork and community involvement."

In addition to the $10,000 cash grant, winning schools will receive software and hardware from Agilix, BlackBoard, Dell, DyKnow, eInstruction, FutureKids, LearnStar, Panasonic, Pitsco, Riverdeep, Scantron, Schoolnet, and Smart Technologies. One "Star Innovator" school will receive an additional $15,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation.

Winners will be announced in May.

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