National Magnet Certification


Nationally_recognizedOn behalf of the whole JSA team, we are excited to announce that Johnson STEAM Academy is the first Nationally Certified-Demonstration Magnet School in the state of Iowa! In order to become a Nationally Certified-Demonstration Magnet School, the JSA team participated in a year-long certification process.

This reflective process was created by Magnet Schools of America to recognize the most exemplary magnet schools in the nation and is based on the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and, family and community partnerships) and the National Magnet School Standards of Excellence. These standards define the essential elements and characters of high-quality magnet programs. To become nationally certified, JSA submitted a detailed application and evidence demonstrating how we met each of the multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. We provided specific examples of how JSA is promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement.

We are especially honored to be identified as one of the National Demonstration Schools. This means JSA not only met but exceeded the criteria! We would like to thank the JSA staff, students, families, partners for their role in supporting our efforts over the last four years. This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment and we couldn't have done it without your support!