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

Standing on Top of the Mountain

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, East Career and Technical Academy (East Tech) in Las Vegas, NV stands tall as one of only 15 Magnet Schools of America nationally certified Demonstration Schools and the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award winner for 2018 – MSA’s highest honor. Known as “The Mountain” by students, faculty and staff, East Tech empowers its learners to climb to the top and reach for success in an ever-changing technological world.


Success Story

Going through the process…

During the first year of the national certification program, nine schools in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Louisiana successfully completed the certification process. To learn about their experience and what it has meant for their magnet programs.


MSA Announces New Cohort of Nationally Certified Magnet Schools

Washington, DC, August 17, 2018 – Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association of magnet and theme-based schools, announces a new cohort of nationally certified magnet schools for 2018. These 21 schools located in 12 states successfully completed a nine-month evaluation process and demonstrated through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that they have established the Magnet School Standards of Excellence in their schools.


2018 Technical Assistance & Training Conference Magnets by Design (MbD): A Deeper Dive

Join us this October in Columbia, South Carolina as we take a “Deeper Dive” into the Five Pillars for Magnet Schools:
  1. Diversity
  2. Innovative Curriculum Development
  3. Academic Excellence
  4. High Quality Instructional Systems
  5. Family and Community Partnerships
SAVE-THE-DATE: October 3-5, 2018
In collaboration with Richland School District Two AND School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties



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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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