With 10,000 students this year, Baltimore County's young rTC magnet programs continue to thrive in two dozen schools and to elicit so much interest that it takes two fairs to show them off.
Although there will be no new programs next fall, the 25 programs created in the past three years will continue to offer students the choice of focusing on a particular subject while completing required courses.
Magnet programs in the eastern area of the county will be on display tonight at Kenwood High School, 501 Stemmers Run Road, and those on the west side Thursday at Lansdowne High School, 3800 Hollins Ferry Road. Hours for both fairs are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Most of the county's magnet programs pull students from specific areas, but some high school programs, such as environmental science at Western and sports science at Kenwood, take them from throughout the county. Some schools, therefore, will be represented at both fairs.
Each program has its own application and admission requirements, and some programs have more applicants than they can admit. Information on individual school open houses, requirements and deadlines will be available at the magnet fairs.
These schools will be represented at the eastern area fair:
Cromwell Valley, Eastwood Primary, Halstead Academy and Lutherville Laboratory elementaries; Loch Raven Academy and Parkville Center of Technology at the middle school level; and at the high school level, Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Eastern Technical, Kenwood international baccalaureate and sports sciences programs, Overlea's Academy of Finance, Parkville Center for Math, Science and Computer Science, Patapsco Center for the Arts, Southeastern Technical, Towson's law and public policy program, and the Western School of Technology.
In the western area, participants will be the Chatsworth, Church Lane and Wellwood elementaries; Deer Park, Sudbrook and Southwest Academy at Johnnycake middle schools; and at the high school level, Carver, Kenwood, Lansdowne's business and finance program, Milford Mill, Towson, Western and Woodlawn's program for pre-engineering and research.