A Vegas school was recently awarded one of the most prestigious awards in education.

The Magnet Schools of America gave the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Magnet School of Merit Award of Excellence to Southeast Career and Technical Academy (SECTA). The local school won this highly coveted award from the organization, making it one of the top institutions in the country.

The award was announced at the 39th National Conference on Magnet Schools, which happened right here in Clark County. SECTA beat out over 400 schools to win this achievement.

“This award highlights 55 years of effort from our staff and successful careers from our alumni in southern Nevada. To be recognized as the top magnet school in America provided our school community with a morale boost when we needed it most.” Principal of SECTA Ryan Cordia said. “It feels great to be seen and honored for the work we do every day. We have the best school because our building is full of great people.”

Along with this, Cordia told other news outlets the school has applied for this award for the past 10 years, making this achievement even more celebratory for the school.

The Magnet Schools of America further awarded the Clark County School District with the Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability. This award essentially recognizes the district’s commitment to improving the access to high-quality educational opportunities for students, according to the Clark County School District.

“The Clark County School District continues to show the country what CCSD educators and students can accomplish.” Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara said.

Ten students from across Las Vegas also won scholarship awards from the Magnet Schools of America.

This award comes as a great achievement for Las Vegas’ education system, which is ranked as “49th in the nation,” according to a February report by 8 News Now.

“While this spotlight is on the hardworking staff, students, and administration at SECTA, I urge our community to understand that this level of excellence is possible at every one of our CCSD schools,” Jara said.

The Best Las Vegas High Schools Ranked 2022

  • 10/10 West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy

    West Career & Technical Academy Our mission is to inspire our students to compete successfully in the 21st century by providing a college preparatory education that utilizes project-based learning, real-world applications, and innovative technology.

  • 10/10 Las Vegas Academy Of Arts

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  • 10/10 Advanced Technologies Academy

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  • 10/10 College Of Southern Nevada High School West

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  • 10/10 Northwest Career and Technical Academy

    Northwest Career And Technical Academy

    The mission of the Northwest Career and Technical Academy is to boldly educate today's learners for tomorrow's challenges by developing advanced skills through unique hands-on experiences in a professional setting, utilizing community partnerships, innovative ideas, and contemporary technologies.

  • 9/10 Southeast Career Technical Academy

    https://www.secta.us/

  • 9/10 Veterans Tribute Career Technical Academy

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  • 7/10 Palo Verde High School

    Palo Verde High School

    The mission of Palo Verde High School is to prepare students to realize their academic, creative, emotional, physical, social, and career potentials as contributing members of a multicultural society in an international community of mutual respect.

  • 6/10 Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School

    Arbor View High School is dedicated to inclusion as the foundation of emotional, social and academic growth and support of all individuals. The AVHS community is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions/beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, abilities and living arrangements.

  • 5/10 Silverado High School

    Silverado High School

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  • 5/10 Centennial High School

    Centennial High School

    We believe that the purpose of education is to provide experiences that will encourage and assist students to achieve their potential and to assume their responsibilities as members of society. It is the obligation of the school to instill in students positive attitudes toward growth, learning, leadership, and creativity, as well as to ensure their full intellectual and character development.

  • 4/10 Durango High School

    Durango High School

    Durango High School

  • 4/10 Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School

    Shadow Ridge High School places an emphasis on every aspect of our student's growth and development. We take advantage of the natural curiosity students possess. Suitable class sizes and exceptional, qualified teachers allows us to offer an intimate and inclusive educational environment, while also ensuring each student receives the individualized attention and support they need.

  • 4/10 Ed W Clark High School

    Ed W. Clark High School

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  • 4/10 Rancho High School

    Rancho High School

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  • 4/10 Desert Oasis High School

    Desert Oasis High School

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  • 4/10 Las Vegas High School

    Las Vegas High School

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  • 4/10 Sierra Vista High School

    Sierra Vista High School

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  • 3/10 Chaparral High School

    Chaparral High School

    We strive to empower our students with the tools needed to achieve future success within an environment that promotes life-long learning and mutual respect through rigorous instruction, relevant content, meaningful relationships, and personal responsibility.

  • 3/10 Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

    Cimarron Memorial High School

  • 2/10 Del Sol Academy Of The Performing Arts

    Del Sol Academy of the Performing Arts

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  • 2/10 Western High School

    Western High School

    Western High School

  • 2/10 Sunrise Mountain High School

    Sunrise Mountain High School

    The Sunrise Mountain High School Community will assist ALL of our students achieve the high levels of learning required for success in college or post-secondary opportunities by utilizing collaborative approaches that are Purposeful, Inclusive, and Consistent (PIC).

  • 1/10 Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

    Desert Pines High School

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