Office of Magnet Programs
Magnet Program Application and Admission

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2018-2019
Magnet Application Deadline
Friday, November 17, 2017

HOW TO APPLY
  1. Review the information provided in the magnet program brochure(s) and in the program descriptions on the right side of this page.

Brochures will be available on this site beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 12 noon.

 (The Magnet Programs brochures are in PDF format, which requires a PDF reader to open.
If you are unable to open this file, please contact your local school for an application
.)

  1. Review the Magnet Transportation Information.
    Using the Magnet Transportation link on the left side of this page, determine your child’s eligibility for BCPS transportation to a particular magnet program.

  2. Select up to 3 magnet programs for application.

    • Kindergarten applicants MUST meet Maryland State Age-of-Entry requirements or be tested for early admission.
      Kindergarten applicants for the 2018-2019 school year MUST be age 5 by 9/1/2018, or the parents MUST apply to their zoned elementary school for early admission into kindergarten testing.

      A child may only be considered for early admission into kindergarten testing for the 2018-2019 school year if he/she will be age 5 after 9/1/2018 and on or before 10/14/2018.  A copy of the letter requesting the early admission into kindergarten testing must be submitted to the Office of Magnet Programs at the time of application.

    • Choose the method for applying.
      Parents may apply online or submit a paper application.

      • Online applications are accepted until 1 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.  To apply online, you will need an active email account.  Important updates and reminders will be sent to the email address provided.  The Online Application System can be accessed using the “Applications” link on the left-side menu.
      • Paper applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, November 17, 2017. (Certified mailing is strongly recommended.) The two-page paper application can be downloaded from this site using the “Applications” link on the left-side menu.
    • Complete and submit the application.

    CAUTION:  Applications MUST be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. Applications submitted by the student or anyone other than the parent or legal guardian risk being disqualified.

    Prior to submitting the application, parents should carefully review program selections.

    Any change in program selection(s) requires the submission of a revised application on or before the application deadline.  NO program selection changes can be made after Friday, November 17, 2017.

    Submit only one application per applicant.  ALL applications MUST be submitted by Friday, November 17, 2017. 

    Parents who submit an application online will receive an email confirmation.

    Parents should keep a copy of the application for their records.

    NOTE:  Applications postmarked or received without a legible postmark after the November 17, 2017, deadline are not processed.

    • Submit documentation from non-BCPS schools.
      Applicants to high school magnet programs may need to submit additional documentation:
      • Parents of students who attended a non-BCPS school for any portion of the 2016-2017 school year are required to submit report card(s) at the time of application.

      • Parents of students who are attending a non-BCPS school for the first quarter/trimester of the 2017-2018 school year are required to submit the report card when available, but not later than Friday, December 15, 2017.

      • Parent of students who are attending a non-BCPS school and who have documented testing accommodations as part of an active educational plan are required to submit a copy of the testing accommodation requirements from the plan at the time of application.


APPLICATIONS
ONLINE Applications:

Online applications will be accepted
from 12 noon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017,
until 1 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.


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You’ll need an active e-mail address to access the online application system.

A confirmation email will be sent when the application is submitted. 

Required documents saved as pdf files may be uploaded with the online application.

WARNING:  Applications MUST be submitted by the parent or legal guardian. Applications submitted by the student or anyone other than the parent or legal guardian risk being disqualified.

Paper Applications:

Applications will be available on this site
from 12 noon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017,
until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Paper applications MUST be postmarked on or before the established application deadline: November 17, 2017.  Mail applications to:

Magnet Programs Application
Baltimore County Public Schools
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue
Jefferson Building
Towson, MD 21204

For verification of delivery and proof of timely submission, it is strongly recommended that applicants use certified mail with a return receipt requested.

Admissions

All applicants who meet the requirements for enrollment in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) at the time of application and are eligible for the program(s) selected, will be considered for placement. 

  • Baltimore County Public Schools does not employ any admissions criteria for elementary or middle school magnet programs.

  • Students applying to high school magnet programs are required to attend an assessment.  Prior to attending an assessment, applicants MUST obtain the Assessment Guidelines for EACH program selected on the application. The Assessment Guidelines contain specific information about each assessment and any preparation required prior to the assessment. Assessment Guidelines are available from the link on the left side of this page.
Elementary and Middle School Magnet Placements:

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, applicants will be offered placement in the following sequence:

  1. Available seats will first be filled with priority placements.

  2. A random lottery will be conducted to fill all remaining available seats and to generate a wait list.

Priority placements include:

  • Kindergarten Sibling Priority Placements – kindergarten applicants receive priority placement when they have an older sibling who is currently enrolled in the same magnet program and who will continue in the magnet program during the year for which the kindergarten applicant is seeking placement. 

  • Child of an Employee - If the primary work site of a BCPS employee is a school with a magnet program and the employee’s child applies to, and is eligible for, a magnet program in that school, the child will be given priority placement in the magnet program.

High School Magnet Placements:

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available, applicants will be offered placement in the following sequence:

  1. Available seats will first be filled with priority placements.

  2. A random lottery of applicants who score 80% or higher on admission criteria will be conducted to fill available seats and to generate a wait list.

  3. If available seats remain following sequence 1 and 2, a random lottery of applicants who scored 79% on the admission criteria will be conducted to fill available seats and generate a wait list.  This lottery process will be repeated in order of descending scores (78%, 77%, 76%, etc.) to fill available seats and generate a wait list. 

Priority placements include:

  • Child of an Employee - If the primary work site of a BCPS employee is a school with a magnet program and the employee’s child applies to a magnet program in that school and scores at least 80% on the magnet assessment, the child will be given priority placement in the magnet program.
  • High School Magnet Program Priority – Up to 20% of the available seats will first be filled by applicants who score 80% or higher on the admissions criteria and who earn the highest scores on the magnet assessment(s).

Random Lottery:  Using the magnet application lottery system developed by Firefly Digital, Inc., applicants are randomly sorted for each program and either offered admission or placed on a wait list.    

Magnet Admission Decision Letters: (dates subject to change)

  • Elementary and Middle School admission decisions will be mailed to parents by February 8, 2018. 

  • High School admission decisions will be mailed to parents by March 9, 2018. 

If you have questions or need additional information,
please contact the Office of Magnet Programs at (443) 809-4127.



High School Magnet Brochure
Navigating the Magnet Application Process Click here

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