What is a Magnet School?
The single largest form of public school “choice,” magnet schools are visionary, innovative, and open to all students regardless of zip code. With 4,340 schools educating 3.5 million+ students nationwide, each school typically focuses on individually themed curricula. Magnet Schools attract children of various socio-economic backgrounds, races, and academic achievement levels. They are free and open to anyone; due to high demand, most schools determine student acceptance by a lottery system. Magnet schools are accountable to state standards and, in many cases, exceed those standards.
The soft skills of teamwork, adaptability, and critical thinking create a magnetic environment for developing positive citizens and preparing our children for future careers and successful community engagement. This real-life preparation has students not only interacting with peers from all backgrounds but with hands-on experience working with businesses, cultural institutions, universities, and community organizations.
Magnet School Pillars
Magnet Schools of America (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. Their mission is to provide leadership for high-quality innovative programs that promote choice equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students.