Largest grant in our history - $14.9M to support magnet programs
September 27, 2017
Our school district continues to be a national leader in magnet and curriculum enhancement programs. The latest bit of evidence is the awarding of the largest competitive grant in our history – $14.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support magnet school programs.
The purpose of the USED Magnet Schools Assistant Program (MSAP) grant is to support programs that will reduce socio-economic isolation in schools, build staff capacity and raise student achievement. Newly designated magnet schools or those with significantly revised themes qualified for consideration.
The MSAP grant supports the following magnet themes, all of which are new to the district:
- Bugg Magnet Elementary School Center for Design and Computer Sciences. All students will receive hands-on instruction in computer science, including computational thinking, coding, programming and human-computer interaction using digital tools.
- Lincoln Heights and Millbrook Magnet Elementary Schools - Center for Environmental Connections. This program will emphasize opportunities to investigate and connect with life outside the school walls providing students with authentic connections to the natural world.
- Southeast Raleigh High School University Connections: Design, Arts and Engineering. This theme will utilize strong partnerships with local colleges and universities to prepare students for specific college and career pathways.
Implementation of the new themes for Bugg, Millbrook and Southeast Raleigh began in the 2016-17 school year. Lincoln Heights’ new theme began in fall 2017. The MSAP grant will allow for a much more robust implementation of these themes.