What are Magnet Schools?

Magnet schools are built on the foundation of five pillars and are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts or a consortium of districts. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, MicroSociety, Career and Technical Education (CTE), World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others.

Magnet Schools of America

MSA is a national nonprofit professional education association whose members are schools and school districts.  The association represents and, is a resource to, magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations and institutions of higher education.

Our mission is providing leadership for high quality innovative programs that promote choice equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students.

Success Story

Supporting and Celebrating Diversity

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation. It boasts a diverse student population, a multitude of schools (approximately 900), and reaches


Success Story

Alumni Voice: Maya Rhodan

Maya Rhodan grew up in the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. She began her magnet school career in elementary school atMurray Language Academy, a K-8


MSA in the News

Associated Press (AP) – Education Secretary DeVos pledges support for magnet schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday pledged support for magnet schools in a bid to repair ties with proponents of public education in the wake of a bruising confirmation battle, but also slammed her critics for rejecting innovation and change. In one of her first public speeches since taking office last week, DeVos praised magnet schools for showing strong academic results, combating segregation and striving for equity.


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Our monthly e-Choice newsletter includes the latest news and information from the magnet school community. It features stories about theme-based magnet programs and the district leaders, principals, and teachers who make them thrive.

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2018 Policy Training Conference: Where Policy and the Classroom Intersect

As states and school districts begin to prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, it is imperative that magnet school leaders and educators understand the implications of this comprehensive law and know what to expect as it is rolled out for the first time next school year. Join us February 7-9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Meet us where policy and the classroom intersect!


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Learn how to become a Nationally Certified Magnet School

Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.

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