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.

NewApplications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available from 12 noon on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

For information about the 2015 – 2016 magnet application process, please follow the links on the left menu.



Mission:
Magnet programs are one tool for providing educational opportunities for parents and students in Baltimore County in an environment that offers unique educational opportunities, implements innovative instructional practices, and promotes diversity within schools.  As defined by the Board, diversity includes racial, ethnic, economic, gender, and special needs populations.

Purpose:

  • Provide viable public school choice options for students and parents at elementary, middle, and high school;
  • Provide unique educational environments, innovative instructional programs, and specialized programs of study and/or experiences that extend and enrich the existing BCPS curricula and are not available to students in comprehensive school programs;
  • Reflect student diversity by providing equitable access and opportunities across magnet programs and schools; and
  • Provide relevant programs aligned with evolving community and industry/business needs.

Services:

  • 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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