School System Seeking Magnet Programs Feedback

Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting four community forums on its more than 70 different magnet school programs.

The school system is offering residents a chance to sound off on its more than 70 different magnet programs.

According to a news release, Baltimore County Public Schools is hosting four community forums to gain feedback on the programs from students, parents, stakeholders and other interested parties. Specifically, the system is seeking information about why students enroll in the programs, how they can be improved and if students' needs are being met.

Magnet programs provide a specialized curriculum that center around a specific academic realm. They are offered in 29 elementary, middle and high schools across the county.

Students in Baltimore Country are typically selected for magnet school programs through random lottery.

The forums will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates at the listed locations:

  • Loch Raven High School—Nov. 27
  • Stemmers Run Middle School—Nov. 28
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary School—Nov. 29
  • Loch Raven High School—Dec. 3


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MAGINFO November 15, 2012 at 05:33 PM
So its not a random lottery? Please tell more..
NottinghamFamily November 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I'm very confused by the comment in the article that "Students in Baltimore Country are typically selected for magnet school programs through random lottery". When my son took the time to apply for a Baltimore County Magnet Program, he had to register for a testing date and take a skills-based test to determine his eligibility into the program. You have to attain a certain score. I was aware of there being an overage of applicants versus those accepted, so perhaps the system allows a lottery further along in the process, but I do believe that comment is incomplete.
MarylandMama November 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The comment about random lottery selection is indeed incomplete. Students must qualify for each magnet program on the basis of grades, attendance, and an assessment/test. If an applicant does not meet the qualification criteria, he/she cannot be admitted. If there are more qualified applicants than seats, up to 20% of seats in a given program may be filled based on applicants' assessment scores. The other seats are filled by lottery from among the qualified students. There are also a few exceptions for teachers' children, but again the applicants must qualify for admission. (For example, If 30 students applied for a given magnet and only 9 were qualified, then only those 9 would be admitted, even if there were 20 open seats.) More details at http://www.bcps.org/offices/omp/pdf/fAQ_current.pdf.
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