SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 24, 2007 — Eighteen schools have been named as finalists for the Intel® Schools of Distinction Awards. The annual program honors schools for implementing innovative and replicable math and science programs that produce positive educational results. Schools compete for $1 million in grants and awards from the Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies. The winners are announced in May 2007.

“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.”