Three GISD Campuses Honored at the National Magnet Schools of America Conference
GALVESTON, TX (April 24, 2019) This month, the GISD Magnet team traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the 2019 National Magnet Schools of America Conference. While attending the conference, Ball High Media Arts & Digital Technology Community and Oppe Elementary Magnet Campus of Coastal Studies were recognized as National Certified Magnet Schools and Collegiate Academy was recognized as one of 19 National Demonstration Schools.
“The 2019 MSA National Conference was magnetic! We are so proud to be the only district in the state of Texas to have a National Demonstration School and Nationally Certified Magnet Schools! Our magnet programs offer unique themed-learning opportunities that support the whole child.” Exclaims Molly Allmond, the Galveston ISD Magnet Coordinator.
The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and, family and community partnerships). These pillars and standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs.
To become nationally certified, MSA member schools submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by MSA. The application process required schools to submit evidence demonstrating how they met each of the multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school was promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement.
MSA’s National Merit Awards program honors the top magnet schools in the United States. These awards recognize magnet schools that demonstrate commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high quality educational services to all stakeholders.