Magnet Schools of Merit Awards

Magnet Schools of America established the National Merit Awards program to recognize the top magnet schools in the United States. These awards are given to magnet schools that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality educational services to all stakeholders.  

The are two categories of awards that have been established by MSA:

Magnet School of Excellence Awards are given to only a select group of magnet schools that have demonstrated the highest level of excellence in all facets of the merit award application.

Magnet School of Distinction Awards are the second level of awards and are given to magnet schools that have met all the basic requirements outlined in the merit awards scoring rubric.

All schools that apply for merit awards must be current members of Magnet School of America and are required to submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators.

The highest ranked magnet schools in the excellence category are eligible to receive monetary awards and the chance to be named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New & Emerging Magnet School. One of the schools of excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 for the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious merit award. 

Individual Award Programs

Magnet Principal of-the-Year Award - established in 2009 this award recognizes an outstanding school leader who has succeeded in providing innovative programs that promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for students in magnet schools. This individual chosen from a group of regional principals of the year.

Magnet Teacher of-the-Year Award - established in 2010 this award recognizes an outstanding, dedicated full-time teacher who exemplifies excellence in academic achievement through innovative programs that promote equity and diversity for students in magnet schools. This individual is chosen from a group of regional teachers of the year.

MSA Poster Contest

Magnet Schools Poster Contest is a national initiative to highlight and promote magnet schools as part of the annual celebration of National Magnet School Month in February.