Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools


Alberto Carvalho Named MSA Superintendent of the Year

During the 34th National Conference on Magnet Schools Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was named the 2016 Magnet Schools of America Superintendent of the Year. Learn More

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National Merit Awards Announced

The winners of this year's National Magnet School Merits of Excellence and Distinction have been announced. We look forward to recognizing all our top magnet schools during the 34th National Conference in Miami, Florida.

See a full list of winners. 

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Magnet School Funding

Searching for resources for your magnet school?
Visit our funding opportunities webpage for program announcements from foundations, corporations and others
that actively support magnet schools, educators, and students. 

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Education Frontline

Stay informed of the latest educational policy developments from Washington, DC and around the country through our Policy Insider Blog. Let us be your source of critical analysis and information on emerging issues impacting magnet schools. 

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Hartford Public Schools Named
Magnet School District of the Year 

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is proud to announce that Hartford Public Schools was selected as the recipient of the second Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability during the 34th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Miami, FL. This annual award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies a commitment to equity, excellence, diversity, as well as highly sustained support for magnet schools. It is sponsored by MSA board member and first president, Dr. Judith Stein. Donna Grady-Creer was one of the original founders of Magnet Schools of America. 

Hartford Public Schools currently has magnet schools that feature theme-based programs such as Nursing and Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering and Technology, Government and Law, and many others. In 2016, 11 of the district’s 20 magnet schools were recognized as either Magnet Schools of America Schools of Excellence or Distinction. Last year, Breakthrough Magnet received the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious merit award by MSA.

Hartford Public Schools is a recognized national leader in socioeconomic and racial integration. Its magnet schools are an important component to achieving these goals and closing the achievement gap. They were created under the long-running, court-ordered Sheff v. O'Neill desegregation agreement. According to data reported by the Connecticut Department of Education, nearly half of the students in the Hartford region attend integrated schools. In 2007 only 11% of Hartford students were in schools considered integrated.

Watch this video message from the district's superintendent thanking MSA for this recognition. 

Magnet School
Success Stories

Lee Magnet High School has been blessed with not one, but two exceptional principals: Nanette McCann and Sharon Sims. Under their guidance, the new magnet school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is bursting at the seams with potential as students are bonding in their temporary home at Valley Park on Bawell Street. The “Patriots” are ready for the great things that lay ahead of them at the new campus that is under construction and will be near completion by March 2016. Lee Magnet High School is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based school that is set to be one of the most prestigious schools in the state, offering a unique learning environment and experiences for students. Keep Reading...


Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference

Designing for Sustainability

October 9-10, 2016
Washington, D.C.