Magnet Schools

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  • A system of school education devel oped in the 1960s to attract students from across numer ous school districts or zones. Magnet schools tend to offer a specialized curriculum, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), fine arts, mathematics, technology, and science and attract students who are interested in those areas of specialization. Magnet schools exist at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Competitive admission processes often exist along with lotteries or applications for admission and parents signing contracts addressing acceptable student grades and behavior. In the 1970s, magnet schools became important in desegre gating innercity schools by offering sought-after curricu lum to students.


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