About International Magnet SchoolsMagnet schools, funded by grants approved by the U.S. Congress, are national models for school improvement efforts. They provide students in failing schools the opportunity to succeed academically while learning in a diverse environment. Magnet schools, an important component of the public school system are recognized for improving academic achievement, diverse student enrollments, higher attendance and graduation rates and lower drop-out rates. These schools boast more parental involvement, more personalization through theme-based education and specialized programs providing a sense of a safer environment for learning. Teachers are better prepared through planned professional development.
In 2007, Pueblo City Schools received a $7.2 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant, which is being invested in creating new elementary and middle international magnet schools, and expanding the existing high school International Baccalaureate (IB) program at East High School. The district believes the reconstitution of the elementary and middle schools is an outstanding opportunity to bring a nationally recognized International K-12 curriculum to Pueblo. In 2008, Pueblo City Schools opened Fountain International K-3 and Corwin International 4-8 Magnet Schools.
Magnet programs offer focused curriculums, with an emphasis in integrated technology, math, science, arts, foreign languages and the humanities. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are challenged with a global education with a heavy emphasis on inquiry-based learning. Among the reasons magnet schools are popular and successful are as follows: