Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools


Job Well Done!

Congratulations to MSA member, Orange County Public Schools in Florida for winning this year's prestigious Broad Prize. This award is given annually to an urban school district that has made significant progress towards improving the academic achievement of low-income and minority students.

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Professional Development Webinars

Please register for one of our upcoming webinars sponsored by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership. These webinars will be held throughout the school year and will help you develop stronger programs and become more effective educators. View the current schedule.

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Lessons Learned

Read the latest blog post from our National Teacher of the Year, Ron Hustvedt, Jr. as he shares his "lessons learned" from the classroom. Ron will post new articles every month and also wants to hear about your programs. Keep Reading

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2015 National Awards Program

The applications for this year's merit awards, principal and teacher of the year, and student poster contest are now available. Get a head start for the new school year by beginning the application process today!   

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Merit Award Readers Needed

We are seeking qualified individuals to review the applications for next year's national merit awards and provide detailed feedback on all applications. Merit readers will be compensated. Submit an application by October 22.

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A.B. Combs Named Best Magnet School in the Country

During MSA's 32nd national conference in Hartford, CT the Leadership Elementary in Raleigh, NC was named the recipient of the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award for 2014. Learn more about A.B. Combs

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2014 National Magnet School
Principal of the Year

Adrianne Leal from Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, Florida was selected as the 2014 National Principal of the Year. Her school is known as a "mega magnet" and features six career academies. Learn more 

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National Magnet School
Teacher of the Year

Ron Hustvedt, Jr. from Salk Middle School in Elk River, Minnesota is the 2014 National Magnet School Teacher of the Year. Ron was chosen from among this year's seven regional teachers of the year. Learn more 

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Fall Technical Assistance & Training Conference

Hosted by Baltimore County Public Schools

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

October 12-14, 2014


Building Blocks for Successful Magnet School Programs

Join us for our annual fall conference to learn how to create, sustain and improve magnet schools. Sessions will also focus on magnet best practices in marketing & recruitment, budget and leadership needs. 

Five Key Areas for Magnet School Success:
- Design, Planning & Operations
- Curriculum & Instruction
- Leadership
- Staffing
- Community Relations and Sustainability

Three Distinct Tracks:
- Designing & Developing Magnet Programs (Beginner)
- Implementing & Sustaining Magnet Programs (Intermediate)
- Revising & Rejuvenating Magnet Programs (Advanced)

- Presenters from Baltimore County Public Schools
- School site visits tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 14




2015 Policy Training Conference

The Liaison Capitol Hill
Washington, DC
February 4-6, 2015 



33rd National Conference on Magnet Schools

Hosted by Wake County Public Schools

The Raleigh Convention Center
April 22-25, 2015