What is a Magnet School?
Magnet Schools are public schools with specialized courses or curriculum. "Magnet" refers to how schools attract students from across normal boundaries and connect them with their interest to make learning more meaningful.
The eight APEX (Academic Programs for Equity and Excellence) schools in GISD are:
These schools have received funds by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools promote equity and academic excellence for all students and provide choices for families and students through specialized curriculum.
The APEX magnet campuses offer excellent resources to the students in GISD such as:
MAC labs & media technology
Four Foreign languages taught at elementary level
Robotics and outdoor classrooms
IPads for individual student use
Balanced literacy curriculum
Dual language and Two Way Immersion
Professional Development for classroom teachers
Students are selected through an open, district-wide application process using a lottery method and school of choice process.
Austin STEM Magnet Middle School is a magnet school that does not receive funding from APEX.