Magnet Schools of America Recognizes 45 Nationally Certified Schools

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) has named 26 Nationally Certified Schools and 19  Nationally Certified Demonstration Schools, bringing the total number of nationally certified schools across the country to 212. As leading examples of magnet school excellence, these schools provide outstanding learning opportunities for their students and join a growing cohort of recognized magnet programs across the country.

Magnet Schools of America’s National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL) developed the certification program in 2016 as a roadmap for magnet schools to reach their fullest potential. Schools are assessed on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools. Certification applicants submit detailed examples of their work to promote diversity, remove barriers to student success and implement an innovative curriculum, as well as encourage parent and community partnerships in their schools. Becoming a certified magnet school is an extensive, rigorous process that helps schools strengthen their top qualities and gain national recognition for their success.

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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 of America

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

MSA Successful on Funding to Reduce Digital Divide

MSA joined with the NEA and many other education associations to advocate for funding to bridge the digital divide. Today, that effort will bear fruit as the FCC makes $7 billion available for connectivity and devices.


MSA Strategic Roadmap Benefits of Integrated Schools and Classrooms

Check out the one-page summary of the academic, economic, and social benefits of magnet schools.


Restore and Reignite with EMLA

Enrollment is now open for our next Executive Magnet Leadership Academy (EMLA) cohort, a professional development opportunity that restores and reignites magnet leaders.

EMLA features top-notch equity in education instructors from American University, UCLA, USC, and more. Within eight virtual 2.5-hour sessions from Oct. 2022 – May 2023, you’ll hear from national magnet education experts on topics such as equity, diversity, and innovation. And you’ll earn an MSA National Institute for Magnet School Leadership Certificate of Participation at the end of the academy. 

Reignite your passion for magnet education. Invest in your professional development and fill your bucket with strategies and tools to move your magnet schools and leadership forward!




Are you committed to the future of our nation’s magnet schools? MSA is always looking for partners and sponsors who can advance the educational goals of our magnet school members. Whether it is spotlighting your products and services at our three national conferences each year or reaching thousands of magnet school leaders through our monthly emails, we can work with you to customize a sponsor package to match your investment.

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MSA supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools throughout the country. MSA represents 4.340 magnet schools and nearly 3.5 million students.

Become a supporter of Magnet Schools of America by donating today! Donations support scholarships to students awarded at MSA’s annual conference.


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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