Richardson ISD

Magnet Schools

Magnet schools offer attractive enhancements and enriched curriculums at designated campuses throughout RISD


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Historically, magnet schools have served as high-quality educational solutions to challenging community issues across the nation. Fundamentally, magnet schools share two characteristics: they accept students from across various attendance boundaries, and they enhance programs and extend specific curricula to attract families to the school. More specifically, the RISD magnet school program goals include:
  • to raise the overall performance of schools,
  • to improve the balance among schools,
  • to attract neighborhood students from private schools,
  • to reduce overcrowding in neighborhood schools, and
  • to provide enhanced programs and extended curricula.

The Benefits of Magnet Schools

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Magnet schools benefit the whole RISD community of schools. 
  • Provide for families additional options on-par with charter and private school programs.
  • Meet customer expectations thus keeping public schools viable in the expanding marketplace of education.
  • Challenge non-magnet, neighborhood schools to promote themselves in a healthy competition.
  • Increase fiscal responsibility as districts implement innovative ideas magnets keep limited resources focused on results.
  • Provide a political alternative to vouchers thus supporting a robust public education in the USA.

Contact Information

mike evans

Mike Evans

Area Superintendent
Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman

Coordinating Director for Special Projects

Houda Kiffa

Houda Krifa

Executive Assistant


Questions about Magnet School Programs can be directed to Mike Evans, Executive Director, RHS Area Learning Community or the specific Magnet School Principal.

Questions about enrollment and applications can be directed to Michael Freeman and Houda Krifa.