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ERIC Number: ED504190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Successful Magnet High Schools. Innovations in Education
US Department of Education
Lack of relevant course work is a top reason why high school students drop out, and studies have shown that low-income and minority students are less likely to be enrolled in college preparatory curricula than their more affluent peers. In today's world, it is critical to ensure that all students have access to a rigorous, high-quality education that will equip them with the skills they need to succeed. Magnet high schools serve populations from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds and use themed instruction in such subjects as biotechnology, the arts, engineering, and medicine to attract students. When students are empowered to choose a school based on their interests, they are frequently more engaged in learning, which can translate into improved academic achievement. The magnet high schools featured in this guide have sustained success through a focus on five common strategies: (1) innovation for excellence; (2) rigorous course work; (3) high expectations for all students; (4) high-quality teaching where educators feel connected through an integrated curriculum; and (5) strong partnerships with families, communities, universities, and businesses. Eight profiled schools include: (1) Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles, CA; (2) G.W. Carver Magnet High School, Houston, TX; (3) Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Chattanooga, TN; (4) Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, FL; (5) Galileo Magnet High School, Danville, VA; (6) Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield, CT; (7) Northeast Magnet High School, Wichita, KS; and (8) Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX. Two appendixes include: (1) Research Methodology; and (2) Resources. (Contains 26 notes, 11 figures, and 9 tables.)
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education (ED), Office of Innovation and Improvement; WestEd
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A