Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools


Support for MSAP Under Threat!

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Congress has proposed eliminating funding for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP). Help us stop these cuts by contacting your elected officials in our Grassroots Action Center.

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Professional Development Webinars

Throughout the year MSA hosts webinars that feature thought leaders and practitioners from the magnet school community. Sharpen your skills as you get ready for the new school year by watching one of our recorded sessions in our archive

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Recruiting Talented Magnet
Educators and Leaders

Is your school or district looking to recruit or hire talented individuals to join your team? Post your open position(s) on our job openings webpage. See what is available right now! 

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Magnet School Funding

Searching for resources for your magnet school?
Visit our funding opportunities webpage for program announcements from foundations, corporations and others
that actively support magnet schools, educators, and students. 

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Education Frontline

Stay informed of the latest education policy developments from the capital and around the country through our Policy Insider Blog. Let us be your source of critical analysis and information on emerging issues impacting magnet schools. 

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2016 Fall Technical Assistance

& Training Conference

Designing for Sustainability

The Capital Hilton

Washington, District of Columbia

October 9-11, 2016 

Join us for our annual fall technical assistance and training conference in Washington, DC at The Capital Hilton to learn how to create, sustain and improve magnet schools. Sessions will also focus on ensuring innovative magnet school plans, strategic planning, and rigorous quality theme-based curriculum.This is a great opportunity for schools and districts (MSAP grantees, non-grantees, future grantees) to brainstorm and network with colleagues in the magnet community.

The fall conference will feature four distinct tracks:

  • MAGNET ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Aspiring models of innovative school plans and approaches to teaching and learning. 

  • STRATEGIC OPPORTUNITIES: Flexibility and creative funding sources towards creating/sustaining a healthy, and rigorous magnet program/school.

  • STRENGTHEN THE LEARNER EXPERIENCE: Developing quality theme-based curriculum to support your theme that ensures rigor, deep engagement and return on investment.

  • CERTIFICATION - STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Deeper examination of the standards; strategic planning for current and future certification candidate.


Magnet School
Success Stories

Derek Burns, the principal at Douglas Creative Arts and Sciences Magnet Elementary School, insists that, "If you don't go all in, it's not going to work." The "it" he is referring to here is Douglas' magnet theme, the creative arts and sciences. Mr. Burns is heading into his third year at Douglas and he believes that allowing his faculty and staff the freedom to be creative, and modeling a strong commitment to infusing Douglas' creative arts and sciences theme into everything they do, are the keys to building and sustaining a successful magnet school. Douglas earned the most prestigious award given by MSA earlier this year, the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award for embodying all of MSA's Magnet School Pillars. Keep Reading...