MSAP Grant: STEAM Magnet 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.

5 steam magnet elementary schools




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.




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.


STEAM Launch Week

This is a school-wide activity to inform the student body about the transition from traditional programming to whole-school magnet programming. Students will be engaged through “THE ARTS” as they learn about the benefits of the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) approach to learning. Throughout the assembly, the students will hear repeated, “Catching a DREAM through STEAM” and will return to their classrooms to design and create dreamcatchers.  The dreamcatchers will be taken home and serve as a point of reference for conversations with their families about the transformation at their school.

Family Connection - English

Family Connection - Spanish

Family Connection - Arabic


MSAP Contact

Office of School Choice
2601 Bransford Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204

Cari Sluder-Kupec, Director
ReGina Etter, Coordinator of Curriculum
Lindy Matthews, Coordinator of Marketing/Recruitment
Salina Solomon, Grant Assistant