MSAP Grant: STEAM Magnet Schools


What is a STEAM Magnet School?

Magnet Schools are founded on the five pillars of diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high quality instructional systems and family and community partnerships. Each of Metro Schools’ 5 new magnet schools are focusing on a specific theme tied to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). STEAM integration shares life skills with students that reach beyond the classroom and supports college and career readiness.

Family Connection - English

Family Connection - Spanish

Family Connection - Arabic


How to apply

Each of the 5 schools have seats for students who live in the school’s zone and students who choose to participate in the MNPS optional school application process. Be aware the option to apply to any of the MSAP funded elementary schools is subject to the number of spaces that are available in that school. You can submit an Optional Application at any point during the year, but there is a preferred application period each school year.


5 steam magnet elementary schools

2017-2022 MSAP Grant

Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has been awarded a highly competitive federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant from the Department of Education for $15 million to be used over the next five years. The district is using the grant to transform five traditional elementary schools to whole-school magnet programs with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM)-related themes.


Objectives of MSAP Grant

  1. Reduce minority group isolation among African American and Hispanic students in proposed magnet schools;

  2. Ensure all students attending the magnet schools meet challenging academic standards and are on track to be college- and career-ready;

  3. Ensure that all students attending the magnet schools benefit from the magnet’s educational offerings and have equal opportunities to gain magnet theme-specific value-added skills and knowledge; and

  4. Build the capacity within the magnet schools to provide rigorous, theme- and evidence-based instructional programs that will help promote choice and diversity in MNPS.

MSAP Contact

Office of School Choice
2601 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204

ReGina Etter, Interim Director
Wideline Jean-Paul, Coordinator of Curriculum
Salina Solomon, Grant Analyst