T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School Named Nationally Certified Magnet School




T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School has been named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. T.S. Cooley was among 21 schools located in 12 states (AL, CT, FL, IL, KY, LA, MN, NC, NM, NV, SC, and TX) to successfully complete a rigorous nine-month evaluation process and demonstrate through evidence,  reflection, and strategic action that it has established the best practices entailed in the Magnet School Standards of Excellence


“The certification process recognizes the highest quality schools in public education. Nationally certified magnet schools illustrate and emulate rigorous theme-based curriculum, ensure diverse settings in which students thrive and are prepared for college and career,” said Kelly Bucherie, Director for Magnet School Leadership, Magnet Schools of America.


The national certification process is based on the Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. Together, these qualities define the common elements of exemplary magnet programs.


To become nationally certified, T.S. Cooley submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by the National Institute for Magnet School Leadership (NIMSL). The application process required the school to submit evidence demonstrating how it meets each of the multiple indicators within the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school day, and encouraging parent and community involvement.


“It’s exciting to have our magnet program recognized at the national level,” said T.S. Cooley Principal Emily Alcock. “We are inspired to bring even more creative and innovative opportunities to our students that will prepare them for a brighter future.”


The school will be recognized during a ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on April 10-13, 2019. The school is also eligible to order a National Certification banner and will receive a medallion and electronic seal to place on its website and other school materials to publicize this new distinction.


To learn more about the Magnet Schools of America Standards of Excellence Certification program, please visit http://www.magnetschools.info/certification/national-certification.