Date of Award


Document Type



Psychology, Criminal Justice and Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Cobb


The following is a study of the impact of magnet schools in urban America. Using three goals outlined in Smrekar and Goldring 's book entitled School Choice in Urban America it examines whether magnet schools are beneficial to these students of the districts in which they are located. The findings are both general and individual, drawing information from both a literature search and a personal interview. This study also explores the theory that magnet schools are beneficial to the students that are able to attend them but also that they are detrimental to those students in the school district that are not admitted to the magnet school.