Balto. Co. opens application period for magnet programs

Additional schools offering students opportunity to focus on career themes

October 01, 2004|By Kathryn Hansen | Kathryn Hansen,Baltimoresun.com Staff

The Baltimore County public school system today announced the opening of the application period for magnet programs, which concentrate courses in one subject area.

The school system said that applications for elementary magnets were available today and can be downloaded from the school system's Web site -- at www.bcps.org/offices/omp -- or obtained by mail or in person from any Baltimore County public school or office.

Applications for secondary schools will be released on Oct. 8, though high school applications can be obtained in advance at the High School Magnet Fair, planned for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at Patapsco High School at 8100 Wise Ave. in Dundalk.

In addition to ongoing magnet programs, new magnet programs will be offered at Deep Creek Middle School, Lansdowne Middle School, Chesapeake High School, and Lansdowne High School. Each of those schools will begin offering magnet programs in the 2005-2006 school year, supported by funding from a multiyear, multimillion-dollar federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant awarded to the county.

Chesapeake and Lansdowne high schools will be organized around four career academies, with themes such as science and engineering, leadership, business, finance, arts and communication, and health and human services.

Lansdowne Middle will offer a microsociety program as part of its career and professional studies theme, and Deep Creek Middle will focus on 21st century digital-age learning.

To apply for any county magnet programs, students and their parents must submit applications to the school system's Office of Magnet Programs and attend any required on-site audition or assessment.

For more information, including program descriptions and magnet open house schedules, go to www.bcps.org/offices/omp, or call the magnet information line at 410-887-4127.

Originally published October 1, 2004, 2:56 PM EDT

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