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.

We appreciate your patience as this site is being
updated for the 2017-2018 application cycle.

Apply

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year
will be available on this site
at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, November 18, 2016.
 
For information about the 2017-2018 magnet application process,
please follow the links on the left menu.


New Programs Possible:

Baltimore County Public Schools applied for a Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant to develop new magnet programs in six locations:

  • International StudiesWoodmoor Elementary School, Middle River Middle School, Windsor Mill Middle School, and New Town High School
  • Health SciencesGolden Ring Middle School
  • Biomedical TechnologyOverlea High School

Grant awards will be announced by October 1, 2016.  If the grant is awarded, applications will be accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. 

For additional information, please click here.

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.

Purpose:

  • 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.

Services:

  • 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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