Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Belfair Montessori, BR FLAIM, The Dufrocq School, Forest Heights Academy of Excellence, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet, McKinley Middle, Scotlandville Middle, Sherwood Middle, and Baton Rouge Magnet High are now nationally certified magnet schools. The national certification process is based on the Magnet School Standards of Excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools (diversity; innovative curriculum and professional development; academic excellence; high quality instructional systems; and, family and community partnerships). These pillars and standards define the essential elements and characteristics of high-quality magnet programs.
To become nationally certified, Magnet Schools of America (MSA) member schools submitted a detailed application and participated in a rigorous evaluation conducted by MSA. The application process required schools to submit evidence demonstrating how they met each of the multiple indicators included in the Standards of Excellence. This included providing specific examples of how the school was promoting school diversity, closing the achievement gap, integrating a theme-based curriculum throughout the school, and encouraging parent and community involvement.