Magnet Academy of Civic Leadership and World Studies

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In September 2023, NBHS will launch the Magnet Academy of Civic Leadership and World Studies (MACLWS), a new academic pathway designed to help students discover, understand, and occupy their place in today’s interconnected world. The MACLWS will provide an accelerated educational experience focused on developing the next generation of leaders to confront the challenges facing communities at the local, national, and international levels.

Students in the MACLWS will enroll in specialized courses related to civics and global issues. They will gain valuable experience participating in community service, internships, and a virtual student exchange program. MACLWS students also will complete a senior Capstone Project, among other requirements, and will earn a Diploma of Distinction.


  • Accelerated learning in International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement
  • Emphasis on leadership development
  • Academic path to earn a Diploma of Distinction
  • Specialized courses in civics and global issues
  • Four years of World Languages, or completion of the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Senior year Capstone Project
  • 120 hours of community service
  • Opportunities to travel or participate in virtual student exchange
  • After-school or summer internship focused on leadership, civics, or international issues


In addition to the core requirements for graduation from NBHS, students in the MACLWS will:

Meet the requirements for a Diploma of Distinction:
  • Two accelerated learning courses (one International Baccalaureate course* or two Advanced Placement courses) in Grades 10-12
  • Four years of World Languages, or completion of the Seal of Biliteracy
  • 120 community service hours
  • Complete a Capstone Project.
  • Senior year presentation (can be in a team of up to 3 students)
  • Internship (after-school or in the summer) located at an organization, business, industry and/or local government agency focusing on leadership, civics, or international issues.
*International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools share a common philosophy -- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education -- that we believe is important for our students. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Selection and Enrollment
  • The MACLWS will open in September 2023 with an inaugural cohort of 10th grade students (Class of 2026).
  • The Magnet Academy will enroll approximately 300 students in grades 10-12 by September 2025.
  • Students are nominated by their teachers in the Winter of their 9th grade year. Nominated students submit an application form and teacher recommendations.

Application Forms and Deadlines

Students who have been invited to apply for MACLWS must:

For More Information

Speak to your guidance counselor, or contact:

Bernadette Coelho
Principal, New Bedford High School
508-997-4511, ext. 20500
[email protected]