Public Magnet Schools

By: NSCW

Magnet schools are public schools that are operated by school districts or groups of school districts. Magnet schools are free to attend and have a focused theme or aligned curriculum, such as science, math, or the arts.

There are more than 4,300 magnet schools across the country serving 3.5 million children. In addition, there are thousands of magnet programs within traditional public schools nationwide. Magnet schools, theme-based schools, or magnet programs are permitted in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In some states, as indicated on the map below, there are no freestanding magnet schools, but there are magnet programs available in traditional public schools.

Source: Magnet Schools of America, 2019

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