Magnet Schools of America Recognizes 31 New Nationally Certified Schools

August 20, 2019 — Magnet Schools of America (MSA) has named 14 new nationally certified schools and 17 new certified demonstration schools. These schools provide exemplar magnet education opportunities to their students and they bring the total number of nationally certified schools to 151.

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 per the five pillars of magnet schools, submit detailed examples of their work to promote diversity, close the achievement gap and implement an innovative curriculum, as well as encourage parent and community partnerships in their schools. Becoming a certified magnet school is a rigorous process that enables schools to strengthen their top qualities and gain national recognition for their success.

This cohort’s 31 newly certified schools are located across 10 states: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. Seventeen of the certified schools also were identified as National Demonstration Schools. Demonstration schools exceed the Standards of Excellence criteria and serve as learning models for magnets to replicate and study other innovative, theme-based curriculum. Among the 151 certified schools to date, 36 have been designated as National Demonstration Schools.

“We are thrilled to see the quality of magnet schools continue to rise across the country,” said Kelly Bucherie, Director for Magnet School Leadership at Magnet Schools of America. “Our certified schools set the strongest example for what’s possible when schools fully commit to the pillars of top magnet schools: pursuing innovative curriculum and professional development, diverse classrooms, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems and family and community partnerships. The faculty, staff, administrators and communities behind these schools have achieved something incredibly special, and we’re proud to celebrate them.”

MSA opens its next application for certification in February 2020. For more information about Magnet Schools of America’s Certification Program, visit


Media Contact: Kelly Bucherie, National Director for Magnet School Leadership, (702) 326-5136

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs and public schools of choice. It also provides technical assistance through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL).

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