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Magnet School

A magnet school is a public elementary or secondary school that provides unique or specialized curriculum in such a way as to attract a racially diversified student body. Traditionally, magnet schools are distinct from other public schools because they offer specialized academic focuses or themes, known as a magnet program. They are open to students outside the normal school district boundaries (to offset segregation) but offer rigorous, yet competitive, programs to attract high caliber students.
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