News Release, 9.27.18
MNPS Awarded $15 Million Federal Magnet Grant
Five schools will implement magnet programs to increase access to rigorous, theme- and evidence-based instruction
Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 27, 2017) – Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has been awarded a highly competitive federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant from the Department of Education for $15 million to be used over the next five years. The district will use the grant to create new magnet programs in five elementary schools.
The addition of these five new magnet programs will support the district’s goal of delivering and providing access to high quality instruction for all students as stated in the Our Students section of the Strategic Framework. Metro Schools will immediately begin planning implementation of the grant and will also consider these changes as part of the MNPS Next planning process and the recommendations it will bring to the Board of Education on October 17.
The schools slated for the grant, and their planned programs, are: Glencliff Entrepreneurship STEAM Magnet (545 students), Inglewood Environmental Sciences STEAM Magnet (230 students), Rosebank STEAM Magnet: Integrated Technology and Biological Sciences (302 students), Warner Arts Magnet (300 students), and John B. Whitsitt Environmental Engineering STEAM Magnet (451 students).
These schools were chosen because each has a high percentage of minority students enrolled – ranging from 26-51 percentage points above the district-wide average for elementary schools. The new academic focus is designed to not only provide additional opportunities to students currently enrolled in these schools, but also attract more students to enroll.
“All five schools are experiencing high degrees of minority group isolation (MGI) of Hispanic or African American students, ranging from 26 to 51 percentage points above the districtwide average for the elementary tier,” said Chris Weber, director of student assignment services.
“I’m excited because this grant will give us the capacity to draw in families and will provide the resources to develop a really strong academic program, provide professional development for teachers, and provide the resources needed to make these top-notch programs,” said Chris Weber, director of Student Assignment Services. “This will help us meet the needs of the children already in these schools, but will also be a magnet to pull more families in, not only from the gentrifying neighborhoods around the schools, but also draw families in from the surrounding areas to promote a diverse student population.
The project objectives for the MNPS MSAP are to:
1. Reduce minority group isolation among African American and Hispanic students in proposed magnet schools; 2. Ensure all students attending the magnet schools meet challenging academic standards and are on track to be college- and career-ready; 3. Ensure that all students attending the magnet schools benefit from the magnet’s educational offerings and have equal opportunities to gain magnet theme-specific value-added skills and knowledge; and 4. Build the capacity within the magnet schools to provide rigorous, theme- and evidence-based instructional programs that will help promote choice and diversity in MNPS.
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