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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.

Snapshot of Magnet Schools

Magnet Schools of America commissioned a study with UNCC’s – Urban Institute to compile a comprehensive and current count of the number of magnet schools across the country. We are proud to share this new data along with stories that illustrate the transformative power of magnet schools.

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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.

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Success Story

What do acclaimed anthropologist who does field work in Brazil, a Coca-Cola executive, a first-round NFL draft pick and an immigration lawyer cited by the NY Times have in common?

Charlotte’s Piedmont Middle School showcases what it means to be an outstanding magnet school by embracing diversity and challenging its students to meet high academic standards. Recognized as a “School to Watch” by the North Carolina Middle Level Educators since 2011, and recently designated a national demonstration school by Magnet Schools of America, Piedmont is known for its in-demand International Baccalaureate (IB) program and dedication to inspiring its students to make the world a better place.

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37th National Conference on Magnet Schools | April 10-13, 2019

Wondering what’s on the agenda for MSA’s upcoming Annual Conference, April 10-13?  More than you can imagine! We’ve packed each day with top-notch speakers, hands-on sessions, and chances to network with magnet educators from across the US.

But the clock is ticking, so be sure to register now and make your travel plans for Baltimore!

Check out our 60-second video for a preview of some of the fantastic opportunities that await attendees to this year’s conference.

As our marquis event of the year, the annual conference attracts more than 1,000 magnet school teachers, principals and administrators. Thanks to our hosts, the Baltimore County Public Schools, we have 22 school tours planned. Plus, participants can enjoy student performances, learn about innovative practices, and spark connections with colleagues old and new.

Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the largest event of the year just for magnet educators.

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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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