Pasadena, CA – The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has been awarded a $7.9 million Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant over three years to establish or expand magnets at four district schools. The first year allocation of the grant will be $3.14 million. The grant supports programs that draw diverse students from throughout the community and expands public school choices for parents.
"This grant recognizes PUSD's strategic approach to expanding challenging academic programs that prepare students for success in the 21st century," said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. "With this grant, we can increase academic rigor while expanding courses that prepare students to be effective communicators and effective problem solvers."
Washington Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Magnet Middle School, which opened this fall, is one of the recipients of the grant. The grant will also support the STEM focus at Washington Accelerated Elementary, STEM and Spanish dual language immersion programs at Jackson Elementary and a new visual and performing arts magnet at Eliot Middle School. All four magnet schools will use project-based learning that is integrated with the new Common Core State Standards and 21st century learning skills.
The three-year grant is expected to benefit almost 7,000 students in the four schools over a three-year period. Schools will team with a diverse set of partners to ensure that students have real-world, well-rounded exposure to the magnet themes. Funds will support curriculum, enrichment and electives, equipment and supplies, monitoring and evaluation, professional development and outreach.
PUSD is among 27 school districts in 12 states to receive the MSAP grants, which total $89.9 million this year and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement. Four other school districts in California are also recipients of the grant. For more information on the MSAP program and a complete list of grant recipients please visit www.ed.gov.
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