U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Table 1. Selected Characteristics of Profiled K-8 Magnet School Sites a

School and Location Year Founded as Magnet and Host District Theme Grades Enrollmentb Student Population Ethnicity English Language Learners
A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School Raleigh, N.C. 1999 Wake County Leadership K-5 809 80% from residential zone 49% White 22% African-American
15% Hispanic
10% Asian
4% Multiracial
13%
FAIR (Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School) Crystal, Minn. 2000 West Metro Education Program (WMEP)e Fine Arts 4-8 508c Interdistrict 45% of seats designated for Minneapolis students 68% Whitec 23% African-American
5% Asian
3% Hispanic
1% Native American
0%c
Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet School Las Vegas 1993 Clark County Math and Science K-5 412 25% from residential zone starting in grade 1 35% Hispanic
34% African-American
20% White
10% Asian
2% Native American
23%
Normal Park Museum Magnet School Chattanooga, Tenn. 2001 Hamilton County Museum PreK-5 337 55% from residential zone 73% White
22% African-American
2% Hispanic
1% Asian
1% Native American
N/A
Raymond Academy for Engineering Houston 1998 Aldine Independent School District Engineering K-4 846 76% from residential zone 69% Hispanic
18% African-American
8% White
5% Asian
31%
River Glen Elementary & Middle School San Jose, Calif. 1986 San Jose Unified School District Spanish Dual Immersion K-8 538 no zone 67% Hispanic
29% White
2% African-American
2% Asian
28%


Special Education Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Primary Challenge(s) Addressed Key Resource(s) for Sustainability Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Funding and Years
School Districtd
15% 39% Choosing and implementing unique theme without model Strong, stable leadership; History of district support & collaboration No Yes 1987-89 1993-2004
10%c 18%c Developing interdistrict infrastructure; Leadership transitions Brand-new, awardwinning facility; Partnerships for professional development No No
11% 44% Unsuitable facility; Developing theme expertise among staff Effective succession plans for leadership Yes 1993-95 Yes 1993-98 2001-07
10% 36% Unsuitable facility; Developing theme expertise among staff Parent Education Fund; Community partnerships; District support Yes 2001-04 Yes 1998-2007
8% 79% Choosing viable theme; Developing theme expertise among staff Staff recruitment and retention; Collaboration with district as part of K-12 strand No Yes 1995-98 2001-04
N/A 52% Evolving strand into dedicated magnet and expanding to 6-8 program; Leadership transitions Community outreach; Success and contributions as national model No Yes 1987-89 1991-98 2001-07

a Unless otherwise indicated, these data are reported by the school and are for the school year 2006-07.
bThese data are drawn from school report cards for 2006-07 posted on state education agencies' Web sites.
cAll profiled schools are dedicated magnets, which means that all students have chosen to attend and all students participate in the magnet program. One exception, Hoggard, is a dedicated magnet for grades 1-5, but serves 100 percent neighborhood zone students for kindergarten. Percentages for residential zones indicate the number of seats allotted to neighborhood students. Other priorities for selection-sibling attending, socioeconomic status, etc.-may be involved and are not indicated in this table.
dA school may not have received Magnet Schools Assistance program grant funding directly, but may have benefited from services provided by the host district and central magnet office that were funded by this program.
eFAIR is operated by WMEP, an interdistrict consortium. The school building is located in Crystal, Minn., a suburb served by Robbinsdale Area Schools.

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