Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools


A Sad Goodbye

It's with great sadness that we must share that one of our dear friends and colleagues, Joyce Tatum from Chattanooga, TN has passed away. Joyce was a kind spirit who presented at many of our conferences. 
Please consider making a donation in Joyce's memory to the Joyce Tatum Fund for Creative and Inspired Learning 

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2014 National Merit Award Winners 

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2014 National Merit Awards. These schools were chosen for their innovative programs and commitment to educational equity. They will be recognized during our national conference in Hartford, CT this May. See this year's awardees

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Regional Magnet School Principals and Teachers of the Year Named

These individuals are recognized for their extraordinary school leadership and highly effective teaching methods. All are eligible to be selected as the National Principal and Teacher of the Year during our national conference. See a list of the winners on our awards page

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What People Are Saying About
Magnet Schools

"For decades magnet schools have provided parents with an alternative to traditional public schools, raising the bar on student achievement and preparing young Americans for in-demand jobs." The Honorable John Kline, Chairman, House Education and the Workforce Committee

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Grassroots Action Center

It's imperative that our nation's political leaders recognize the value, mission, and success of magnet schools. Visit our Grassroots Action Center to get involved and help us build support for magnet programs in your community.

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Upcoming Events

MSA'S 32nd National Conference on Magnet Schools

Hosted by Hartford Public Schools

Connecticut Convention Center Downtown Hartford

May 15-18, 2014 

Where the Future is Magnetic!


The MSA National Conference is an integral component of our mission of providing leadership for high-quality, innovative, instructional programs that promote choice, diversity, equity, and academic excellence for all students.  Participants experience a wide spectrum of professional development opportunities that promote equity and diversity through outstanding keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and general and breakout sessions on topics including best practices, innovative instruction, technology, and theme integration in magnet education. For the first time, parents will be invited to the conference to learn more about magnet schools and how to support their children’s educational futures.  Participants also will visit magnet schools at all grade levels focused on various themes within the host and sponsoring districts.  


Upcoming Webinar:

Tools of the PSAT: Helping Schools Improve Instruction and Helping Students Connect to College

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1 pm Eastern

During this session, presenters from the College Board will explain the Summary of Answers and Skills (SOAS) report, which allows school administrators to take a detailed look at their students' academic skills on the PSAT. This online tool is arranged by skill categories and extends across disciplines. By using this analytical tool schools can fuel a conversation about improving instruction based on student data. The presenters will also talk about, My College Quick Start, a web-based toolkit for students to improve their performance on standardized tests and to plan for college.

Presenters: Theodore Gardella, Executive Director, AP Strategy and Partnerships, College Board and Alan Bernstein, Senior District Director, New England Regional Office, College Board


Success Stories

School for Creative Studies

Durham Public Schools, North Carolina

The School for Creative Studies is a secondary magnet school located in eastern rural Durham, NC just north of I-85 on a campus that housed the former Chewning Middle School. Chewning was plagued with a history of low performance, high poverty, and white flight. Three years ago the district school board voted to close the school at the end of the 2012-13 school year. But on the heels of that decision came a new magnet proposal that was approved by the board and included opening a new magnet school in 2013-14 on the former campus. The magnet school would become a year-round, small 6-12 school with a program of Creative Studies. 
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