Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant Released

December 28, 2012

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Education will release Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant competition on Monday, December 31, 2012.

According to the competitive priorities, STEM projects will be awarded additional points, as well magnet programs that do not use academic criteria for student selection, as well as new or redesigned schools, and need for assistance. Up to 40 points may be earned for competitive priorities.

District awards range from $350,000 and may not exceed $4 million, with the average award $2.5 million. Forty (40) districts are estimated to be funded, however, funds are based on congressional approval. According to the notice that will be posted, "contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2014 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition."

Magnet Schools of America will host a webinar on Friday, January 11th at 11:00am EST (more information to come). The Department of Education will also host a pre-application webinar on January 17th.

Be sure to include MSA membership, conferences and technical assistance in your grant budget. Membership and conferences get you access to the latest innovations in magnet school development and changes. Network with other magnet school principals, teachers, and district leaders to exchange ideas and share what works in magnet schools, as well as learn from experts in the field who will help you create and sustain strong magnet programs. MSA is the only source that provides the latest in news, updates, and training for magnet school practitioners through professional development, exclusive webinars, technical assistance, and conferences.

Magnet Schools of America will honor the following membership and conference rates throughout the duration of your grant, if your grant is awarded.


  • Individual School Membership: $250
  • Individual Professional Membership: $250
  • Call for district membership rates


  • National Conference on Magnet Schools Registration Fee: $620 per registrant
  • Summer Leadership and Technical Assistance Conference Registration Fee: $495 per registrant
  • Winter Policy Training Conference Registration Fee: $525 per registrant

Magnet Schools of America also offers technical assistance to districts and schools on a fee for service basis through the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). Members of MSA receive significantly discounted rates. These services are provided by MSA's coalition of national experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Services Include:

  • Magnet School Development & Planning
  • Magnet School Reorganization and Invigoration
  • Magnet School Leadership
  • Curriculum & Instructional Practices for Magnet Schools (Inquiry, Common Core, Curriculum Mapping, Project Based, etc.)
  • Recruitment & Retention of Magnet School Staff (Talent Development)
  • Integration/Desegregation planning (lotteries, attendance area design, open enrollment etc.)
  • Educational Equity Planning and Development (assessment, policy review, practices/behaviors, and implementation)
  • Diversity & Equity Training
  • Magnet School Evaluation
  • Cultural Competency Assessment and Development
  • Community Engagement & Focus Groups

Please contact Scott Thomas at Magnet Schools of America for more information about NIMSL Services.

For additional questions, please contact Executive Director, Scott Thomas

(202) 824-0672 or email:

Click here for notice of MSAP grant on Federal Register

Click here for a PDF copy