Magnet schools are theme-based public schools that provide high-quality education to students from within traditional public school models to prepare them for career, college and life success. Magnet success is based on five pillars: Diversity, Innovative Curriculum and Professional Development, Academic Excellence, Leadership, and Family and Community Partnerships. The synergistic relationship of these five equally held tenets is not merely a foundation but a compass moving our students forward to a well-prepared future.

Our interactive blueprint is designed for the superintendent and/or district leadership. You are encouraged to look over the table of contents and click on the sections that are of interest to your district and/or schools and programs. The Rationale section provides an overview and background and includes an activity to externalize knowledge, clarify and create shared understanding. This may be a good start to begin thinking about magnet schools and the five pillars, or you may want to go to the essential questions in the Pillars section for an area of focus. The ToA section is a Theory of Action or Logic Model if you need to address the culture in your district or school.

Much of the content is available for free, and further paid resources are provided by Magnet Schools of America’s (MSA) National Institute for Magnet Schools that shares professional expertise for magnet theme-based integration. The institute has developed a credentialed team focused solely on developing magnet excellence.

How to Use the Blueprint

We invite you to not only use the blueprint but to also attend any or all of our conferences. MSA hosts three conferences annually: the fall Technical Assistance and Training Conference, the February Policy Training Conference and the spring National Conference. Each of these unique events provides keynote speakers; networking; professional development; access to tools and information; and advocacy at the district, state and national level, plus the opportunity to tour magnet schools and programs. Visit for more information.

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