Magnet Programs

Providing educational choices to parents of students with different interests, talents, and aptitudes, in an environment that enhances students’ educational success.Apply online until November 11, 2017

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on this site at 12 noon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 17, 2017.

For information about the 2018-2019 magnet application process, please follow the links on the left menu.

New Magnet Programs Available:

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

  • International Studies – Woodmoor Elementary School, Middle River Middle School, Windsor Mill Middle School, and New Town High School
  • Health Sciences – Golden Ring Middle School and Overlea High School
Applications for these programs will be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Each school will host a Showcase Event where students and parents can learn more about these exciting new opportunities.

To request a copy of a magnet program brochure, please select the grade-level brochure by clicking on the links below and provide your contact information:

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 evaluation materials for high school magnet programs; and
  • Coordinate efforts with curriculum offices to ensure that magnet programs maintain high standards and rigorous curricula.

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