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House Appropriations Approves $18 Million Increase for Magnet Schools Assistance Program

The House Committee on Appropriations voted yesterday to approve a $18 million increase in funding for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), raising the federal funding level to $125 million for FY20. This increase was included in the appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies (LHHS), and follows months of congressional outreach by Magnet Schools of America on behalf of its vast membership of magnet schools.

Magnet Schools of America Announces 2019 National Award Winners

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) announced its 2019 awards recipients during the 37th National Conference on Magnet Schools in Baltimore, Maryland on April 11 hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools. The conference brought together 1,200 magnet leaders and educators to celebrate top-performing schools and learn best practices on curriculum, leadership and school design.

2019 Merit Awards Recognize Our Nation’s Most Prominent Magnet Schools

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 national merit awards. These 106 Magnet Schools of Excellence and 180 Magnet Schools of Distinction located in 20 states are recognized for their commitment to high academic standards, school diversity, specialized curricula and instruction, family engagement, and community partnerships. This year, 395 magnet schools applied for national merit awards, making 2019 the most competitive year in the award program’s history.

Magnet Schools of America Announces New Cohort of Nationally Certified Magnet Schools

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.

Statement from Todd Mann, Executive Director of Magnet Schools of America, in response to the Administration’s Decision to Rescind School Diversity Guidelines

Research shows that classrooms with students from a wide variety of backgrounds improve achievement, create access to valuable resources, and are better learning environments. Magnet schools were created in the wake of Brown v. Board, with the foundational belief that American students – and American democracy – are better off when our classrooms comprise a wide range of differences and perspectives.

U.S. News and World Report Improves Definition of Magnet Schools

Last week we were thrilled to see how many magnet schools were among the top schools across the country in the U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings. If you looked at their rankings of magnets, though, you may have seen that the magazine used a narrow definition for magnet schools, focusing on selective admissions criteria rather than specialized theme-based curriculum and instruction.

Magnet Schools of America congratulates the top magnet schools included in the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best High Schools Rankings

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is proud to announce that six magnet schools have been ranked within the top 20 Best High Schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to this tremendous accomplishment, magnet schools also make up one quarter of the top 100 high schools that were ranked this year.

Magnet Schools of America Announces 2018 National Award Winners

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), announced the recipients of its 2018 national awards in Chicago, IL during the 36th National Conference on Magnet Schools (April 25-29, 2018), hosted by Chicago Public Schools.

Magnet Schools of America Selects 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC, March 30, 2018 – Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools, is pleased to announce its 2018 Regional Teachers of the Year. These awards recognize magnet school teachers who exemplify instructional excellence in the classroom and outstanding leadership in their school and community. The […]

Magnet Schools of America Selects 2018 Regional Principals of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, DC, March 30, 2018 – Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Regional Principal of the Year Awards for 2018. Through a competitive application process, these individuals were selected from MSA’s eight regions. They will be recognized during Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference […]


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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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