More than 4,500 attend this year’s Magnet EXPO!

More than 4,500 gathered for the 2012 BCPS Magnet EXPO!

The Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Magnet Programs estimates that more than 4,500 attended the annual Magnet EXPO!, designed to provide magnet program information to students and their families interested in applying for the upcoming school year.

The free event, held on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, featured representatives from all 29 schools with magnet programs; art exhibitions; student performances; information about future job markets; and demonstrations and exhibits by the Offices of Career and Technology Education, Visual Arts, and Special Education. Visitors were also able to pick up magnet applications for the 2013–2014 school year.

Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance and assistant superintendents Dr. John Mayo and Dr. Penelope Martin Knox were among the BCPS administrators in attendance.

The following student performances were offered in the “EXPO Theatre”:

  • Deer Park Middle Magnet School  – dance, solo monologue, solo vocal, instrumental music.
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School – A video of student performances for the John F. Kennedy Center Awards was shown and explained.
  • Lansdowne High School Academy – solo and ensemble dance, instrumental music, advanced choir, monologues, visual artists.
  • Wellwood International – French song and poetry.
  • Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts – acting, dance ensemble, instrumental music, vocal music.
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology – acting, dance, vocal music, literary arts, student films.

In the hotel’s atrium, among the magnet program booths, the following demonstrations took place:

  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School – world languages writing skills demonstration.
  • Milford Mill Academy – medical skills and computer-aided drafting and design demonstrations.
  • Lansdowne High School – visual arts and multimedia arts demonstrations.
  • Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts – painting and pottery wheel demonstrations.
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology – culinary arts, charcoal drawing, painting, and sculpture demonstrations.
Teachers and students from Career and Technology Education programs at several high schools presented hands-on demonstrations and activities aligned with their curriculum.

Career and technology education (CTE) programs were also featured at the Magnet EXPO.  Teachers and students from CTE programs at several high schools presented hands-on demonstrations and activities aligned with their curriculum.  Maryland’s ten Career Clusters and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) were represented by students and teachers from programs at:

  • Western School of Technology – Automotive Service Technology and Environmental Technology.
  •  Lansdowne High School – Electrical Construction Careers.
  • Woodlawn High School – Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences.
  • Pikesville High School – Project Lead The Way Engineering.
  • Milford Mill Academy – Marine JROTC.
  • Dundalk High School – Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Chesapeake High School – Interactive Media Production.

CTE programs of study may be found at both magnet and non-magnet high schools, providing students with educational pathways that enable them explore interests and careers while preparing them with both relevant career skills and rigorous academic skills.

Magnet programs are theme-oriented courses of study that provide students with in-depth experiences in specialized areas of interest. Baltimore County Public Schools has more than 70 elementary, middle, and high school magnet programs in 29 schools across the county. While some magnet programs exist within comprehensive schools, there are also schools whose entire population is determined through the magnet application process.

The magnet application deadline for the 2013–2014 school year is November 30, 2012. For more information about magnet programs, please visit or call the Office of Magnet Programs at 443-809-4127.



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