About Magnet Schools of America (MSA)

MSA Structure and By Laws

Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a national nonprofit professional education association. It represents magnet schools, school district leaders, principals, teachers, parents and families, business partners, and institutions of higher education. MSA is governed by a board of directors, many of whom work in or with magnet schools. The executive committee is made up of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Past President. The organization has a regional structure that is divided into eight geographic areas. Each is headed by a regional director who sits on the board of directors. The Executive Director and staff serve in the national office based in Washington, DC.  

Read our By Laws and Strategic Plan

A Brief History

During the 1960's, alternative options to traditional public schools, including magnet schools, sprang up in America's largest cities as a protest to racially segregated schools. The history of magnet schools, their popularity and dispersion is tied to this protest and the demand for an educational reform model that utilizes public school choice as a way to address educational inequity.

In the 1980's, Magnet Schools of America was organized as a for-profit organization that sponsored conferences and was incorporated in the State of Texas in 1986. In the early 1990's, a small group of magnet leaders decided to expand this mission and organize as an association of members. In 1994, MSA was approved by the IRS as a 501(c) 3 not-for profit, professional education association. Originally located in Houston, TX, MSA relocated its office to Washington, DC in 2000.

Today, Magnet Schools of America sponsors a national awards program, organizes professional development events, and provides technical assistance through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). There are approximately 4,000 magnet and theme-based schools in the U.S. that are experiencing a new renaissance as school districts reconsider the magnet approach as a way to attract new students, provide choice to families, and turn around low-performing schools. 

Services Provided by Magnet Schools of America

Technical assistance is provided to schools and districts on a fee for service basis through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). Services can be tailored to meet the individual needs of schools and districts through our exclusive network of national magnet school experts. Please contact NIMSL Director, Kelly Bucherie at: kelly.bucherie@magnet.edu for more information and consultation.