Mission & Beliefs

Mission Statement

Providing leadership for high quality innovative instructional programs that promote choice, equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students.

The MSA Board of Directors approved a new strategic vision for the organization that will help create and shape the future of magnet schools across the nation.  MSA will not only continue to be relevant to our membership, but the strategic vision will create a path to more fully live out our organizational mission.


  • Diversity is a cornerstone to offering students a global educational experience. Schools, through recruitment and lotteries, strive to have student populations that are reflective of the community.  Culturally competent educational environments model empathy, respect, and working collaboratively with a variety of persons.
  • Innovative Curriculum and Professional Development is developed to assure theme-based relevant instruction to students. Effective teaching strategies, emulating from best practices, are implemented through the inclusion of the school’s theme.  Curriculum is based on high quality rigorous standards that prepare students for higher education and career success.
  • Academic Excellence is demonstrated through a commitment to multi-dimensional instruction focused on learner needs. Multiple assessment strategies are employed to monitor student learning, progress, and success. High expectations are clearly articulated and personalized supports are in place to address the interests and aspirations of all students.
  • High Quality Instructional Systems are rooted in well-prepared, well-educated professional educators. Teachers and administrators who are student-centered, collaborative, and inquisitive prepare learners to be world ready, workforce ready, and higher education ready.
  • Family and Community Partnerships are mutually beneficial, offer a system of support, shared ownership, and a caring spirit and are designed to enhance a theme integrated educational environment. Partnerships with parents are essential for a rich educational experience for students. Community partnerships include a diverse array of stakeholders including business, health and human services, and policy makers to support the education of all students.

MSA’s Guiding Principles

  • We believe that MSA through its national and regional structure is uniquely able to provide support, advocacy, and leadership for all magnet schools and other public schools of choice;

  • We believe that MSA must develop strong group and individual leadership to accomplish the goals and mission of the organization;

  • We believe in promoting equity, excellence, and high academic achievement for all students;

  • We believe that communication is a process by which MSA will educate our stakeholders to the values of equity, diversity, and academic success.

MSA’s Goals and Objectives

  • To promote goals of desegregation, equity, excellence, and the expansion and improvement of magnet schools;

  • To encourage America's businesses to become actively involved in magnet schools and to support them both conceptually and financially;

  • To encourage the federal government to finance magnet schools through competitive grants and programs and increase the amount of this support;

  • To encourage the passage of legislation at both the state and national levels that will promote the development and improvement of magnet schools;

  • To provide parents and community members information on the benefits of magnet schools as schools of choice;

  • To act as a National Clearinghouse for information on magnet schools and promote legislative advocacy for magnet schools.