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Magnet Programs and Schools - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

Magnet programs and schools provide students and their parents/guardians/caregivers choices other than attending their local school. The magnet program or school is usually based on a specific curriculum theme or occupational cluster.

Districts may establish a magnet program within a traditional school or a separate magnet school. Magnets are established by district governing boards to achieve certain objectives, such as; (1) creating a better balance in school population across a district, including overcrowding conditions and/or ethnic and racial makeup; and/or (2) to provide instruction in particular curricular areas at one or a few schools that cannot be provided at every school.

As of 2019–20, there were 531 magnet schools in California.

Questions: Elvia Gonz├ílez | egonzalez@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0277 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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