Though the school year just began, the process is already underway for students hoping to gain admission to a Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) magnet program next year.

A brochure detailing magnet programs at K-12 schools across the county for the 2019-2020 school year was released in early September.

In addition, BCPS has announced a host of events designed to provide more information about the various magnet programs countywide.

Magnet programs offer students the chance to study a discipline or subject of interest in-depth. BCPS offers 100-plus programs at more than 25 elementary, middle and high schools. Programs range from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to fine arts and more.

Some county schools are entirely comprised of magnet students, selected via the magnet application process, while others combine magnet students as well as students geographically zoned for that school. Programs are open to all students, including those receiving special education and Section 504 services.

Applications for magnet programs for next year, the 2019-2020 school year, are now available. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, or submitted online by 1 p.m. on Nov. 16.

BCPS will also host a series of Magnet Showcase events designed to provide information on specific programs at magnet schools across the county. The schedule of Magnet Showcase events is as follows:

Middle Schools

  • Deep Creek Middle School (21st century digital-age learning) – Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Deer Park Middle Magnet School (earth/space science; fine arts – dance, instrumental music, theatre arts, visual arts, and vocal music; mass communications; Spanish language) – Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m.
  • Golden Ring Middle School (health sciences) – Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m
  • Lansdowne Middle School (career and professional studies) – Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Loch Raven Technical Academy (conservation sciences; law and finance; performing arts exploration; visual arts) – Monday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Middle River Middle School (international studies) – Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
  • Northwest Academy of Health Sciences (health sciences) – Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology (exploratory program) – Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
  • Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science and Engineering (science and engineering) – Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.
  • Stemmers Run Middle School (international studies) – Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Sudbrook Magnet Middle School (environmental and earth/space science; performing arts – dance, instrumental music, and vocal music; visual arts; world languages – French, Japanese, and Spanish) – Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.
  • Windsor Mill Middle School (international studies) – Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

High Schools

  • Chesapeake High School STEM Academy (Academy of Arts, Multimedia & Communications; Academy of Business & Information Technology; Academy of Leadership and Humanities; Academy of Science, Engineering & Mathematics) – Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m
  • Eastern Technical High School (Academy of Health Professions; Building & Construction Technology; Culinary Arts; Engineering Careers; Information Technology/Networking; Interactive Media Production; Law & Public Policy; Teacher Academy of Maryland) – Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology (Acting; Carpentry Careers; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dance; Design & Production; Digital Instrumental Music; Information Technology & Interactive Media Production; Literary Arts; Visual Arts; Vocal Music) – Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Kenwood High School (International Baccalaureate; Sports Science Academy) – Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.
  • Lansdowne High School Academy (Academy of Arts & Communication – dance, instrumental music, mass communication, theatre, visual arts, and vocal music; Academy of Health & Human Services; Academy of Science, Engineering, and Information Technology) – Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Milford Mill Academy (Acting; Automotive Service Technology; Building & Construction Technology; Cosmetology; Dance; Design & Production; Instrumental Music (band and strings); Literary Arts; Visual Arts; Vocal Music) – Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • New Town High School (international studies) – Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Overlea High School (Health Sciences) – Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m.
  • Parkville High School Center for Math, Science, & Computer Science (Math, Science & Computer Science; Teacher Academy of Maryland) – Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m.
  • Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts (Acting, Dance, Design and Production; Instrumental Music – band and strings, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Vocal Music) – Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.
  • Randallstown High School (Academy of Health Professions; Multimedia Communications) – Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.
  • Sollers Point Technical High School (Academy of Health Professions; Automotive Service Technology; Baking & Pastry; Biomedical Sciences; Building & Construction Technology; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Diesel Truck and Power Systems; Information Technology/Computer Science & Networking) – Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sparrows Point Educational Center in Environmental Studies (Environmental Science) – Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m.
  • Towson High School (Law & Public Policy) – Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.
  • Western School of Technology & Environmental Science (Academy of Health Professions; Automotive Service Technology; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Environmental Science; Environmental Technology; Graphic/Print Communications; Information Technology/Computer Science & Networking; Mechanical Construction/Plumbing Careers; Sports Science Academy) --Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Woodlawn High School (Early College; Mathematics, Science & Pre-Engineering) – Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the BCPS Magnet Programs’ website at or call 443-809-4127.

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