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 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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