Grantee Corner  |  FY 2017 MSAP Cohort General Characteristics

Through the years, the Grantee Corner has featured individual grantee projects, focusing on the project schools and activities. Over the next few months, the Grantee Corner will showcase the characteristics of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) cohort overall to help magnet leaders better understand what the cohort looks like as a whole. This month the Grantee Corner highlights the FY 2017 MSAP cohort by grant project size, school type, urbanicity, and program status.


In FY 2017, the U.S. Department of Education awarded MSAP grants to 32 local education agencies, which have a combined 124 MSAP schools. The grantees are implementing one to seven schools per grant project; however, the majority of grantees are implementing three to four schools per grant project. In addition, 69 percent of the grantee districts received an MSAP grant prior to the FY 2017 award, and 31 percent of the grantee districts received an MSAP grant for the first time in FY 2017.


Elementary, middle, high, and combination are classifications used to define the grades the MSAP schools serve. MSAP grants can be used to establish or revise schools with K-12 grades, including elementary, middle, and high schools, and schools that combine elementary/middle school grades, that combine middle/high school grades, and that combine all grades. Of the 124 MSAP schools in the cohort, figure 1 shows that 44 percent of the cohort schools are elementary schools, 27 percent are middle schools, and 17 percent are high schools. In addition, 12 percent are combination schools, including 10 elementary/middle schools, 4 combination middle/high schools, and 1 combination K-12 school.


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Urban, suburban, and rural are the classifications assigned to the cohort schools to define urbanicity (i.e., localities). Urban localities are defined as an area of high population density, commonly associated with large cities. Suburban localities are defined as areas with moderate population densities such as towns or small cities. Rural localities are defined as areas with sparse population densities. The data in figure 2 show the majority (59 percent) of cohort schools is in urban locales, 37 percent are in suburban locales, and 4 percent are in rural locales.


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Converted, revised, and new are the classifications assigned to the MSAP cohort schools to define each school’s program status. The data in figure 2 show that 65 percent of the schools are converting from traditional K-12 programs to magnet programs, 31 percent of the schools are significantly revising existing magnet programs, and 4 percent are new schools that are opening for the first time.


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Check back next month for more data on the FY 2017 cohort.


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