SNAPSHOT OF 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.