Moriarty's Magnet Overview
What is a Magnet School?
Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts. Magnet schools feature specialized theme- based curriculum. They are subject to the same measures of accountability and standards as traditional public schools, as well as the collective bargaining agreements made with teachers unions.
Three distinguishing characteristics of a magnet school include:
- A theme-based curriculum
- Integration and student diversity as an explicit goal
- Open enrollment for students outside of traditional school attendance boundaries.
Benefits of Magnet Schools
According to a 2011 research brief published by the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), magnet schools are more likely to enroll students that are more racially and socioeconomically diverse than charter schools. This is an important fact considering the increasing research that indicates that enrollment in racially and socioeconomically integrated schools is associated with numerous educational benefits.
According to a 2009 study, magnet students report a greater sense of community at school and perceive more peer support for academic achievement. The study also found that these students also report more positive intergroup relations and less racial tension among peers than students attending non-magnets.
Several studies have found that students attending magnet schools have higher graduation rates than students attending traditional public schools.
According to a 2011 study, magnet students are less likely to be absent or skip class than at non-magnet schools.
A 2013 survey of Magnet Schools of America members found that approximately 70 percent of respondents reported their magnet programs have higher levels of parent and community engagement than traditional public.
Magnet Schools of America. "What Are Magnet Schools?" What Are Magnet Schools. Magnet Schools of America, Web. 20 Nov. 2015.