Polk County Public Schools
Winston Academy of Engineering students explore STEM careers using We Do Lego robotics kits
Polk County Public Schools, between Tampa and Orlando, Florida, serves over 93,000 students. More than 10 percent of these students attend one of Polk County’s 20 magnet and choice schools. The majority of the students in the district are minorities, and more than two thirds receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Polk County’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant supports five schools, three of which are using the magnet grant to turn around their low-academic performance. Of the five, one existing arts school (Jewett School of the Arts) has been transformed into a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) academy, and another (Winston Academy of Engineering) has established a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) theme.
What Happens When Schools Become Magnet Schools? A Longitudinal Study of Diversity and Achievement
We are pleased to announce that American Institutes for Research has released the magnet report. This report presents results of a descriptive study of 21 MSAP-supported elementary schools. The study collected data on these schools for several years to see how their student enrollment and academic achievement changed over time.
A PDF of the report is available now: