U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson today announced a $2,834,293 magnet school
development grant for the Napa Valley Unified School District.
district is also eligible to receive up to $2,834,293 in each of the
next two years. The grant is paid for by the U.S. Department of
Education with funds approved by Congress through the annual
The funds will go to Harvest Middle School, Napa Junction Elementary and Pueblo Vista Elementary.
“One of the most essential elements to our nation’s long-term economic success is education,” said Thompson. “I am proud to support these grants that will help make sure students from all backgrounds are able to get a quality education that prepares them to compete in a global economy.”
Magnet schools offer a specialized theme or curriculum and are designed to attract students from diverse backgrounds from throughout NVUSD.
Harvest Middle School and Napa Junction Elementary will be the two new magnet schools, joining the NVUSD’s four other magnet schools. Harvest will offer Dual Language Immersion and will become an International Baccalaureate World School, providing a continuation of these programs currently offered at Napa Valley Language Academy (Dual Immersion), Bel Aire Elementary and Mt. George (both International Baccalaureate).
Napa Junction will become NVUSD’s
first STEM school emphasizing Engineering along with technology, math
Napa Junction is also part of the NexTech project in partnership with NapaLearns and the New Tech Network that is focused on bringing technology-infused project-based learning which compliments perfectly the STEM theme.
The new grant will also support Pueblo
Vista-Vista 360 by adding Dual Language Immersion to its Environmental
Sciences magnet theme.
The District’s current magnet schools include Bel Aire Park (IB candidate school), Salvador-a Visual and Performing Arts Integration school and Alta Heights-a Math, Science, Art and Technology school.
The awards will help school districts bring diverse groups of children together through the use of innovative educational programs and will create more school choices for parents.
“Magnet schools play a critical role in providing school and program options for our parents and help diversify public schools in our valley,” NVUSD Superintendent, Patrick Sweeney said. “Th themes fit perfectly with our vision to develop lifelong skills in our students to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st Century.”
The Magnet Schools Assistance Program is authorized under Title V, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act, as amended in 1994 and is administered by the Office of Innovation and Improvement.