Magnet Programs
High School Magnet Program Scoring Guidelines

Admission criteria have been established for high school magnet programs.  Applicants who earn at least 80% of the assessment criteria points are given first consideration for placement.

Note: Not all schools use all of the admission criteria listed below.  Point values for each admission criterion may differ between programs and schools.

See the Assessment Guidelines for specific information regarding the admission criteria
of each magnet program and any preparation required prior to the assessment.

Academic Evaluation:

Mathematics Enrollment:  (for programs that use math enrollment as a criterion)

  • If the Grade 9 applicant is currently enrolled in
    • Algebra I or higher: The applicant will receive full credit.
    • Grade 8 Math, Pre-Algebra, or comparable course: The applicant will receive half credit.
  • If the Grade 10 or 11 applicant is currently enrolled in
    • Algebra II, Geometry, or a higher level of math: The applicant will receive full credit.
    • Algebra I: The applicant will receive half credit.
    • A course below Algebra I: The applicant will receive no credit.

If the applicant’s math course is not listed as Algebra I or Algebra II, it is NOT assumed that it is an algebra course. In order for the applicant to receive credit, the course level must be verified by the applicant’s current school.

Grade Average Calculation:  (for programs that use academic grades as a criterion)

  • Four quarters (or three trimesters) from the previous school year and the first quarter/trimester for the current school year are evaluated. Final exam and final year grades are not considered in the calculation.
  • Letter grades from non-BCPS schools will be reviewed as reported by the school and will not be converted to any other letter grade.  There is no weighting or special consideration given to grades received in Advanced Academics (AA)/Gifted and Talented (GT) classes, trimester grades, or grades that are calculated on scales other than those used by the Baltimore County Public Schools.
    • For each academic subject area evaluated, the letter grades, as determined by the reporting school(s), are converted to a four point scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E=0), and the five quarters (or four trimesters) are averaged.
    • Scale (rounded to nearest tenth):
      • A = 3.5 - 4.0
      • B = 2.5 - 3.4
      • C = 1.5 - 2.4
      • D = 0.5 - 1.4
      • E = 0 - 0.4
  • Scoring – for each academic subject area evaluated:
    • Applicant receives full points for meeting the required minimum grade average.

Attendance: (for programs that use attendance as a criterion):

  • If applicant has 14 or fewer unexcused absences, the applicant receives full points.
  • If applicant has 15 or more unexcused absences, the applicant receives zero points.
  • When necessary, schools will be contacted for excused/unexcused count.

Magnet Assessments:

Applicants must obtain the Assessment Guidelines for each program to which they apply. Assessment Guidelines contain specific information regarding the components of each assessment and any preparation required prior to the assessment.

Most high school magnet programs require an on-site assessment.  The assessments are specific to each program and may include a written test, interview, audition, or other performance-based evaluation.  On-site assessments are conducted and scored by the schools.

It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the applicant is on time and prepared for each assessment. Failure to attend and complete an assessment will disqualify the applicant for that magnet program.

Appropriate testing accommodations, as documented in the student’s active educational plan (i.e. IEP, 504, EL/REL, etc.), will be provided during the assessment(s).

Applicants who do not attend and complete
the magnet assessment will not be considered for admission.




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