3,600 visit Magnet EXPO! to learn about BCPS magnet programs


Thousands of parents and students interested in Baltimore County Public Schools' magnet programs attended the Magnet EXPO! on Saturday, September 24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium. Twenty-nine elementary, middle, and high schools participated in the Magnet EXPO, showcasing more than 70 different magnet program options. Attendance at the event was estimated to exceed 3,600 parents, students, and other family members.

In addition to the school exhibits, six schools showcased student performances. Deer Park Middle Magnet School students provided instrumental ensemble, dance, theatrical solo monologues, and vocal solo performances. Violin, vocal music, and dance performances were provided by Sudbrook Magnet Middle School students. Lansdowne High School students in the Academy of Arts and Communication provided vocal and instrumental music, dance, and theatrical performances. Elementary school students from Wellwood International’s French Immersion magnet program recited poetry and performed songs in French. Performances in vocal music, dance, and student film were provided by students from George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts students showcased dance, instrumental music, and musical theatre performances.


A variety of visual arts and technology demonstrations were provided in the Magnet EXPO! exhibit hall. Students from Carver Center demonstrated drawing from observation, clay sculpting, and cosmetology applications for theatre. Students from Milford Mill Academy demonstrated hair and nail design skills as well as skills associated with computer-assisted drafting and design. Visual arts students from Lansdowne High School’s Academy of Arts and Communication drafted and painted from a still life representing the four academies of the school. Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts students demonstrated painting from observation and multimedia production skills.


Parents and students also had the opportunity to visit an exhibition of the Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs, related to the 10 Maryland Career Clusters. CTE programs are available to high school students in both magnet and non-magnet high schools. Parents and students were able to participate in hands-on demonstrations related to the programs and also learn how students who successfully complete CTE programs have the opportunity to earn college credits in high school.

Parents and guardians are reminded that applications for magnet programs must be submitted to the Office of Magnet Programs, postmarked or hand-delivered by November 30, 2011.


Story by BCPS Office of Magnet Programs. Overhead photo by Bryan G. Stoll, supervisor, Magnet Programs
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