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Other School Choice Options

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools and magnet programs offer a specialized curriculum to students outside the school’s normal attendance boundaries. These programs may include a particular theme or focus such as mathematics, science, technology, communications, international affairs, business or performing arts. A magnet school is defined as an elementary, middle, or high school that offers, to all students enrolled in that particular school, a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Magnet programs differ slightly from a magnet school as the special curriculum is offered to a cohort of students as opposed to the entire school. 


  • Directory of Magnet Schools
  • Magnet Schools of America Magnet Schools of America provides leadership for innovative instructional programs that promote equity, diversity, and academic excellence for all students in public school choice programs. Information about membership, resources, and magnet schools conferences are available from this page.
  • Magnet Schools Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center The MSAP Center supports the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education as it provides equity and choice in public education through the Magnet Schools Assistance Program. The MSAP Center is a technical assistance resource for MSAP grantees and the greater magnet school community.
  • Military Enrollment Preference in Magnet Schools (PDF)
    The Department of Education has issued a memorandum regarding the military enrollment preference in special academic programs.