Awards and Accolades

Cleveland Humanities Magnet is proud to be the FIRST nationally certified magnet school in LAUSD! This is a tremendous honor for our entire school community and a testament to the exemplary education that we provide to our students! For more information about this honor, click HERE.

For the sixth consecutive, Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School has been honored by Magnet Schools of America, the National Association for Magnet and Theme-Based Schools. This year, we were named 2018 Magnet School of Distinction.

“Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity. This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally. Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation,” says Magnet Schools of America.

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: (1) Magnet Schools of Excellence, the top award given to a group of select magnet schools, and (2) Magnet Schools of Distinction, the second highest award of recognition.

To learn more about Magnet Schools of America’s merit awards program, please visit magnet.edu.


The 2014 Steve Allen “Excellence in Education” Award

Each year The Valley Economic Alliance recognizes outstanding K – 12 students, Adult Education Centers, higher learning institutions, and educators with the Steve Allen “Excellence in Education” Award. Requirements to receive this recognition are, the recipient must have already received an award of academic national recognition. The “Excellence in Education” Award is named for long-time Valley resident and legendary entertainer Steve Allen, who valued learning and spent much of his later years focused on speaking and writing about the importance of education. This year, Cleveland High School has been honored with this award.


Congratulations to Jason Firestein who won second place in the third-annual Teacher Innovator Awards sponsored by PBS LearningMedia, a free digital media service for classrooms and The Henry Ford. The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning across key subject areas. Cleveland Humanities Magnet was one of two schools in California to receive the honor.

“Across the nation, educators at every level of school are embracing digital media more than ever to engage students in the arts, math, reading, science and social studies to inspire higher achievement and better performance,” said Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, Education Strategy and Partnerships, PBS. “PBS, our member stations and forward-thinking partners at The Henry Ford are proud to recognize thirty outstanding educators for their innovative approaches to advancing learning in classrooms nationwide.”

“We congratulate the thirty winners who innovatively created exemplary digital lesson plans to ignite 21st century learners and salute all the participating teachers for their passion and dedication towards education,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Chief Learning Officer for The Henry Ford. “We look forward to welcoming the finalists for the Innovation Immersion Workshop at The Henry Ford this summer.”

Judges, who were previous year’s winners, selected winners from five grade level categories (PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) and across five subject areas (arts, math, reading, science and social studies). Winners were chosen based on submissions of videos or written essays with supporting images that addressed how they are using digital media to bring lessons to life in classrooms.
For more information, go to: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/innovators/gallery/2012/entries/956/


Student Film Award and Festivals

  • jTeenLA FilmFest (2013)
  • The 47th Annual California Student Media Festival at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, sponsored by PBS and Wells Fargo (2013)
  • The Los Angeles Department of Education’s Instructional Technology Outreach Digital Voice Awards: “21st Century Learning“ Award (2013); Best Short Film: Overall High School and Best Short Film: Cultural Connections Special Awards (2012); Best Short Film: Overall High School and Best Short Film: English Language Arts (2011)
  • Best in Festival: Santa Monica Teen Film Festival (2013) ($4000+in cash and prizes)
  • The Los Angeles Student Media Festival: Finalists in Comedy and Finalists in PSA (2013); Finalists in Comedy and Finalists in Drama (2012)
  • The 46th Annual California Student Media Festival: Exemplary Secondary Documentary (2012)
  • Video in the Classroom (VIC) Awards: Best High School Science Video and Best Visual and Performing Arts Video (2013); Best Professional Development Training Video and Best Special Event Video (2012); – Best ELA High School (2011)
  • Meridian Stories Design Challenge: First Place – “The Water Conference” (2012)

Grant Awards

Cleveland Humanities Magnet is proud to announce a grant from Grow @ Annenberg for $15,000. The award acknowledges the diligence and commitment of our teachers and students in pursuing the goals of an integrated, thematic-based, interdisciplinary Humanities education. Monies will be used to further the development of the curriculum with access to new equipment and other tools to help the program continue to thrive. (2018)

The Asuza Pacific University “Keeping History Alive” Grants: “The Water Conference” $3200 (2018)

Cleveland Humanities Magnet is proud to announce a grant from the Annenberg Foundation for $25,000. The award acknowledges the diligence and commitment of our teachers and students in pursuing the goals of an integrated, thematic-based, interdisciplinary Humanities education. Monies will be used to further the development of the curriculum with access to new equipment and other tools to help the program continue to thrive. (2015)

The Riordan Foundation Innovations in Education Grant: $25,000 – Finalist (2013)

The Asuza Pacific University “Keeping History Alive” Grants: “The Water Conference” $850 (2013)