Magnet Schools of America

The National Association of Magnet and Theme-Based Schools

Join us May 3-7 for Magnet Schools of America's 34th National Conference hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Register online, and book your room today!

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National Merit Awards Announced

The winners of this year's National Magnet School Merits of Excellence and Distinction have been announced. We look forward to recognizing all our top magnet schools during the 34th National Conference in Miami, Florida.

See a full list of winners. 

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Professional Development Webinars

Be sure to register for one of our upcoming webinars sponsored by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership. These presentations are held throughout the school year and cover a variety of topics. View our current schedule of webinars

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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 educational policy developments from Washington, DC 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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34th National Conference
on Magnet Schools

May 3-7, 2016

The InterContinental Hotel Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131


The Magnet Schools of America 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. During the annual event, attendees will experience a multitude of professional development and networking opportunities. The conference will feature keynote speeches, awards ceremonies, breakout sessions, magnet school tours, student performances and showcases, scholarship announcements, and vendor exhibitions. Through our national awards program, we will also recognize the accomplishments of our nation’s most exemplary magnet schools, as well as their leaders and teachers. 

Hosting School District

The national conference will be hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For more than 50 years, the district has been at the forefront of the choice movement in education. Since opening its first magnet program in 1973, choice options have expanded, supplemented by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program and the Voluntary Public School Choice Grant (I Choose!). In all, the School Choice & Parental Options office administers over 375 magnet programs in over 100 schools, with a total enrollment of 64,175 students. During the conference, attendees will visit some of Miami's most popular magnet programs. See up close what makes these schools stand out among the rest. Learn more

Magnet School
Success Stories

Lee Magnet High School has been blessed with not one, but two exceptional principals: Nanette McCann and Sharon Sims. Under their guidance, the new magnet school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is bursting at the seams with potential as students are bonding in their temporary home at Valley Park on Bawell Street. The “Patriots” are ready for the great things that lay ahead of them at the new campus that is under construction and will be near completion by March 2016. Lee Magnet High School is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based school that is set to be one of the most prestigious schools in the state, offering a unique learning environment and experiences for students. Keep Reading...