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BCPS magnet program application process set to begin

TOWSON, MD—The application process for Baltimore County Public Schools’ magnet programs began at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 16, with the release of magnet applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Magnet brochures describing program offerings are available online.

BCPS magnet programs are theme-oriented courses of study that provide students with in-depth experiences in specialized areas of interest. BCPS has nearly 120 elementary, middle, and high school magnet programs in 32 schools across the county. While some magnet programs exist within comprehensive schools, there are also schools whose entire population is determined through the magnet application process.

Students and families seeking additional information about specific programs can watch online videos and/or participate in live, school-based virtual events. (Links to videos and more information about virtual events accompany this news release.)

Students and families are also invited to attend virtual application information meetings on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Online pre-registration is required for the application information meetings. The annual countywide Magnet EXPO! was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.


Applications for magnet programs must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 (certified mailing recommended), or submitted online by 1 p.m. that day.

Admission decisions for elementary and middle school magnet programs will be announced on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Decisions about high school magnet admissions will be announced on Friday, March 5, 2021.

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

The schedule for school-based video showcases and live virtual events can be found online by clicking here.

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