Garlough, Pilot Knob receive Magnet Merit Awards
Garlough, Pilot Knob win national Merit Awards from Magnet Schools of America
Posted on 03/06/2014

Two schools in District 197 have received awards from Magnet Schools of America (MSA), a professional education association that represents more than 2,000 magnet schools nationwide. Garlough Environmental Magnet School was named a Magnet School of Excellence and Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School has been named a Magnet School of Distinction. 

Schools are awarded for their student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and commitment to diversity.  To receive a merit award MSA member schools must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. There are two categories of merit awards: Magnet Schools of Excellence, the top award given to a group of select magnet schools, and Magnet Schools of Distinction, the second highest award of recognition.

Garlough was previously named a Magnet School of Excellence in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Pilot Knob was named a Magnet School of Excellence in 2013. 

Garlough Environmental Magnet School offers a rigorous environmental studies curriculum emphasizing science, technology and math for students in grades K-4. Through nature-based experiences in and outside the classroom, Garlough teachers and staff support and enhance children's intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Learn more at

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School serves students in Kindergarten through 4th grade and encourages students to design, build, and create things with others as part of their daily learning. Students learn the skills they need to be successful in today's increasingly technological society. Through an integrated approach to learning, students use math and science themes to build skills in reading, art, music, social studies, and more. Learn more at