Magnets in the News

International Baccalaureate Schools: A Global Education in Your Own Backyard

Robust school choice gives parents options to ensure that their children are in the school that best fits them. For one Tennessee family, that meant an International Baccalaureate school. (IB) schools are a type of magnet school designed to prepare students for life in this rapidly globalizing world.

Connecticut Magnets Offer High-Quality Education

As this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing legal racial segregation in public schools, now is a good time to reflect on programs that promote diversity in schools. As a program officer for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP).

Wake County looks at future of magnet school program

Wake County's magnet schools have earned national recognition during the past 32 years, but have reached a crossroads as they face tougher competition for students from inside and outside of the school district.

Mixing suburban and city schools

When Claire Gold gave Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School's first commencement address last month, the octogenarian was no stranger to the 47 graduating eighth-graders.

Companies need coders. What one school is doing to meet demand

Houston and other technology hubs around the country face a major shortage in computer coders and are frantically working to fill crucial positions within companies big and small. A new pilot program at a Houston middle school is trying to change that.

New federal grant could help Pinellas add programs at five schools

Battling long waiting lists for their most successful programs and little diversity in struggling schools, Pinellas County officials on Tuesday discussed a long-term plan to add new magnet programs in schools that could use the help.

Watchung School Joins National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA Program

Environmental awareness is nothing new to this science and technology magnet school. Environmental Science classes are actually conducted in a greenhouse and often times, outdoors. 

Kingswood Elementary in Cary sees higher-than-expected number of applicants for magnet program

The number of applicants was practically unheard of for a first-year magnet school, said Kingswood principal Sherry Schliesser. "I was thrilled."

Sheff At 25: Remarkable Results, Challenges Ahead  

Just a few blocks from a juvenile detention center, in a Hartford neighborhood once plagued by gang violence, sits the best high school in Connecticut.

UWS School Transforms into Museum for a Day

The halls of a local K-8 school were transformed into a series of museum exhibitions Wednesday as part of a biannual celebration of students' work.

Court Unhappy with School District's Plan  

In January 2013, a federal judge overseeing Cowan v. Cleveland School District, ordered that junior high and high school students could attend any school they wanted. The Department of Justice appealed that ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.   

Blythe earns national magnet school honors 

Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville has received national recognition as a leader in magnet school education. 

Why Integration Matters in Schools   

Desegregation may seem like a distant memory to many and an unknown experience to the rest, but integrated schools are no less important today than they were 60 years ago.

Google Glass on trial run in Batesville school 

Kelsie Wilson, first-grade teacher at West Magnet School in Batesville, tries on a Google Glass-augmented reality device.

Arts Schools Network Announces 2014-2016 Exemplary Schools 

Arts Schools Network, the nation's largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools, has designated nineteen Exemplary Schools for 2014-2016.

Prodigy Class' Graduates From University High School 

All 73 members of the "Prodigy Class" have enrolled in college and 77 percent have earned college credit from the school's early college initiative, which encourages students to take classes at UHart. 

Wake magnet school earns second national award

A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary School was named the top magnet school in the country by the Magnet Schools of America on Friday at its annual conference. A.B. Combs is the first magnet to twice win the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, named after the national nonprofit group's founder. The school also won in 2006.

Midlands Educator Named President-Elect of Magnet Schools of America

A Midlands educator has been named the president-elect of Magnet Schools of America. Sara Wheeler was sworn in to her new role last week at the Magnet Schools of America's annual conference in Connecticut. 

Magnet schools compare notes at conference

For the first time ever, Connecticut is hosting the annual conference of Magnet Schools of America, and on Friday, magnet schools from southeastern Connecticut got a chance to show off.

The Story of Tennessee's Normal Park Museum Magnet

When I was hired in 2002 as the Principal of Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga, Tenn., the school was in crisis - with failing test scores, a dilapidated building, and low enrollment. My job was to transform the school into a museum magnet school.

Students Tell Officials High Cost of Private College Limits Their Choices

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Gov. Dannel Malloy and both of Connecticut's U.S. senators listened to graduating seniors at University High School of Science and Engineering, a magnet school at the University of Hartford.

Magnet Schools Morphing into Museums

A Hollywood elementary school will morph into a museum on Wednesday - its hallways becoming exhibition corridors; its students turning into docents. 

Holding up the middle

New programs keep STEM education in focus for students between elementary and high schools.

"Not...a magnet" part of this year's criteria for Blue Ribbon school nomination in Louisiana

Louisiana excluded magnet schools from this year's nominations for the federal Education Department's Blue Ribbon School of Excellence honors. 

Inside look at the new Career Magnet Academy

At Career Magnet Academy in Knoxville, TN, set to open in six months, students will have the opportunity to choose one of four career paths: advanced manufacturing, homeland security, sustainable living, or teacher preparation. This magnet is first of its kind, as it is on the campus of a community college, providing students with unique opportunities to gain insight to higher education and careers.

Los Angeles magnet school shows off successful STEM and AP program

The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a prestigious magnet school focused on science, technology, engineering, and math curricula, is breaking the mold for lower-income, minority students. 

Science Week puts STEM in the spotlight

In Buffalo, Science, technology, engineering and math took the spotlight last week at the first city-wide Science Week, a series of activities designed to highlight the importance of the STEM fields to Western New York's innovation economy.

New program uses art to teach high school students about science 

Four schools are rolling out new "STEAM" magnet programs. Teachers say STEAM programs are about exploring students' creativity. In biology class, students create models of DNA after extracting it from a strawberry, or draw the anatomy of a fetal pig before they dissect it. 

USF health puts medical careers in focus for Tampa students

Representatives of USF Health are trying to help Ferrell Middle Magnet School and Franklin Middle Magnet School (both Title I schools) sustain their successes in academic gains - and show the students possible future paths - through a series of recent career days.

Performance, standards of 'traditional' magnet schools in N.Va. prove alluring to parents  

Arlington County has magnet schools for Spanish immersion; science and math; Montessori; and hands-on, nature-based learning. Another popular option is harder to describe: Arlington Traditional School.     

Tech Projects That Support Big Ideas

Jennifer Anderson, iPad U teacher at Heritage E-STEM Magnet School, helps her students become content producers whose learning reaches beyond the classroom.