Office of Magnet Programs

Providing educational choices to parents of students with different interests, talents, and aptitudes, in an environment that enhances students’ educational success.


Applications for the 2016-2017 school year
will be available on this site
from 12 noon on Wednesday, September 2, 2015,
until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015.
For information about the 2016-2017 magnet application process, please follow the links on the left menu.

Magnet Programs Decision Letters were mailed on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
The letter will contain information about the magnet admission status of the applicant, an explanation of the scores earned for each assessment the student attended, and information about the wait list if the applicant has been wait-listed for any program.

If you have not received your letter by Wednesday, March 23, 2016, please call the Office of Magnet Programs at 443-809-4127.

Parents may also access their children’s magnet admission status via the online application system

Log onto the site by entering the same email address and password you used to create the account.

Magnet Assessments Rescheduled due to Inclement Weather
School Original Assessment Date New Assessment Date Appointment times remain the same as originally scheduled.  
Eastern Technical High School Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Chesapeake High School Thursday, January 28, 2016 Thursday, February 4, 2016
Chesapeake High School Saturday, January 30, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016
Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts Saturday, January 23, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016
Western School of Technology & Environmental Science Saturday, January 23, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016
Loch Raven Technical Academy Saturday, January 23, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sudbrook Magnet Middle School Saturday, January 23, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016

Magnet programs are theme-related curricula and instructional programs that are not available as comprehensive school program options; serve as incubators for innovative instructional practices; draw students across student attendance boundaries, in accordance with state-rated capacity; and are accessed through a centralized application and admissions process.

Vision Statement:
Magnet programs will assist students in becoming globally competitive citizens by providing unique educational choice options aligned with students’ interests, talents, and abilities.

Mission Statement:
Magnet programs will enhance students’ educational experiences and academic performance by providing unique learning environments, innovative instructional programs, and specialized programs of study and/or experiences that extend and enrich the existing BCPS curricula, promote student diversity*, and align with evolving community and industry/business needs.


  • Provide elementary, middle, and high school students and parents with public school choice options that are different from those generally offered in other district schools;
  • Address students’ interests, talents, and abilities through specialized programs of study and/or experiences in unique educational environments;
  • Provide relevant educational opportunities aligned with evolving community and industry/business needs.
  • Serve as incubators for innovative instruction that extends and enriches curricula; and
  • Promote student diversity* by providing equitable access and opportunities across magnet programs and schools.

* As defined by the Board, diversity includes racial, ethnic, economic, gender, and special needs populations.


  • Conduct a centralized magnet admissions process;
  • Disseminate program and application information to parents and students through a variety of means (including a telephone hotline, newspapers, libraries, school personnel, and the Internet);
  • Meet with parent & community groups to discuss programs and application procedures;
  • Organize the countywide Magnet EXPO!;
  • Support schools and staff in the implementation of Policy and Superintendent’s
    Rule 6400, entitled Magnet Schools Admission, which govern all admission decisions;
  • Assist in the review and preparation of admission criteria for secondary magnet programs; and
  • Coordinate efforts with curriculum offices to ensure that magnet programs maintain high standards and rigorous curricula.

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