Magnet schools are a free public elementary and high school choice governed by school districts offering theme focused curriculum. Themes include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Arts. career and technical education. Magnet schools usually apply alternative and innovative instruction methods often with more hands on learning.
The demand for magnet school enrollment is high in many districts where only about 10-20% of applicants are selected by academic performance as selection criteria or lottery. The US Department of Education shows that more than half of large school districts in urban areas have magnet schools.
What are the Benefits of Magnet Schools?
Magnet schools generally attract a wide-range of students based on their interest in a school theme. As a result, magnet schools typically have a diverse body of students from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Specific benefits of magnet schools include: improved academic achievement, diverse student enrollments, reduced discipline problems, increased cultural competence of students, increased student attendance rates, higher graduation rates, greater teacher satisfaction and reduced teacher turn-over, innovative curricula, specialized teaching staff, and increased parent engagement and satisfaction. Magnet schools boast more parental and community involvement, more personalization through theme-based education, and specialized programs that create a shared sense of community that leads to a safer environment for learning. Teachers are licensed in the areas they teach, and are “highly specialized” through specific theme-based training and professional development.
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