Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)
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School Choice and Improvement Programs
The FY 2023 MSAP Competition is now open. For a brief overview, please see our MSAP Brochure and for more details and assistance, please visit our FY 2023 Competition page.
Purpose of MSAP
The Magnet Schools Assistance Program provides grants to eligible local education agencies to establish and operate magnet schools, with special curricula, to attract a diverse group of students and desegregate public schools.
As authorized by Congress in Title IV, Part D of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, the purpose of MSAP is to:
assist in the desegregation of schools served by local educational agencies by providing financial assistance to eligible local educational agencies for—
- the elimination, reduction, or prevention of minority group isolation in schools with substantial proportions of minority students
- magnet school programs that assist LEAs in achieving systemic reforms and providing all students the opportunity to meet challenging State academic standards;
- innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public educational programs;
- courses of instruction within magnet schools that strengthen knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible skills;
- improving capacity to continue operating magnet schools at a high-performance level after Federal funding; and
- ensuring that all students in the magnet schools have equitable access to high quality education to succeed.