Magnet schools typically offer a unified curriculum based on a special theme or method of instruction. They attract more motivated students, which leads to a safer, more orderly environment conducive to learning. Plus, the teachers tend to be committed and enthusiastic. In addition, the school's focus on a field of study gives students a sense of direction. Another benefit of these schools is that they are freer to offer educational innovations.
While a magnet school may sound very appealing, only you can determine if it is truly right for your son. For example, if a magnet program emphasizes a unified curriculum based on the arts, it would probably not be a good choice if your son is most interested in science or history.
Visit the schools your son could attend next year. Your final choice should depend primarily on finding the school where your son will be in the challenging environment he needs. Look carefully at what he will be studying and how it will be taught at each school. Also, be sure to get input from your son as it is important for him to be happy at the new school. Finally, remember that because you know your son best, you are well qualified to find the right school for him.