Release Date: 9/29/2017
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BCPS awarded $15 million grant to welcome 6 magnet programs

TOWSON, MD —Baltimore County Public Schools has been awarded a $15 million federal grant over five years to develop five new magnet programs and to significantly revise one existing magnet program.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Team BCPS to carry forth on our commitment to provide equitable access to rigorous, high-quality instructional options that meet the needs of our families," said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White.

Three magnet programs on the west side of the county will create a K-12 International Baccalaureate (IB) magnet pathway with a thematic focus on global studies. Two programs on the east side of the county will create a Health Science pathway for Grades 6-12. One additional east side program will create an IB pathway for Grades 6-12 leading into the existing IB program at Kenwood High School.

“We are thrilled to expand learning experiences in global studies and the health sciences, two disciplines that offer exciting career possibilities," said Leeann Schubert, BCPS director of educational options. “From our youngest to oldest learners, students will be able to grow their interests, talents, and abilities through these unique programs."

The six schools currently serve more than 4,500 students:

  • Golden Ring Middle School – Health Sciences
  • Middle River Middle School – International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • New Town High School – International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and Diploma Program
  • Overlea High School – Health Sciences
  • Windsor Mill Middle School – International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • Woodmoor Elementary School – International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program

“Our magnet programs have a great track record, and this infusion of funds will enhance their benefits," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “They help to spark students’ interest and enthusiasm, and give them a valuable leg up on preparing for college and for careers in the global marketplace."

International Baccalaureate programs introduce a global perspective to instruction across the subject areas with a focus on hands-on, project-based learning experiences that support future-ready skills and knowledge.

BCPS is one of 32 school systems to receive this competitive award from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, part of the U.S. Department of Education. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program provides grants to eligible local educational agencies to establish and operate magnet schools. Projects support the development and design of innovative education methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public education programs. The program supports the implementation of courses of instruction in magnet schools that strengthen students’ knowledge of academic subjects and their grasp of tangible and marketable vocational skills.

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