The Northwest Suburban Integration School District is recognizing Coon Rapids High School’s Biomedical Sciences Program as a magnet school. The Board voted on October 15th to add three new magnet schools to its ranks, which included the two International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme schools of Fridley, Hayes and R.L. Stevenson elementary schools plus the biomedical program at Coon Rapids. Here is a look at why Coon Rapids was chosen for this and what it means to be a magnet school.
What does it mean to be a magnet school?
For Coon Rapids High School to become a magnet school, this status means that any of the eight member school districts of Northwest Suburban Integration School District can apply to attend. If they are accepted, they’ll be bused from their home’s district to the magnet school for no cost.
Why did they become a magnet school?
Due to a state desegregation rule back in 2001, the schools have been encouraged to band together to support racially isolated school districts. Since then Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Elk River, Fridley, Rockford and Anoka-Hennepin have joined Osseo and Brooklyn Center school districts.
Now, Northwest Suburban Integration School District has 25 magnet schools since the three magnet schools were added. With the new magnet school plan, students can attend schools they normally wouldn’t have been able to due to their school boundaries.
Anoka-Hennepin now has five NWSISD magnets thanks to the addition of the biomedical program at CRHS. In 2011 they added the University Avenue Elementary School in Blaine, the Monroe Elementary School in Brooklyn Park during 2007 along with Blaine High School’s Center for Engineering, Mathematics and Science program. Finally in 2004, the Anoka Middle School for the Arts become a magnet.
Typically magnets are chosen based on the school’s theme/program proving to support college and career readiness, whether or not the theme is an attractor, and consideration on financial impacts. Coon Rapids Sciences Program made the cut.