Magnet schools are public schools that are funded by taxpayers and do not charge tuition. These schools are created by individual school districts or groups of school districts working together. Sometimes, districts join with colleges or universities to create magnet schools.
Magnet schools are based on specific themes. For example, some magnet schools focus on math and science, while others focus on performing arts, technology, robotics, aviation, foreign languages, and more! Students in these schools do not just learn about these topics, though. They are required to demonstrate proficiency in all subject areas.
Many magnet schools are open to all children, regardless of their academic achievement levels. In some places, however, students are required to pass tests to attend these schools.
There are 3,200 magnet schools or programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, serving 2.6 million children.