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Magnet School programs are specially designed schools that offer a unique learning experience for public school
students. Magnet programs can range from immersion foreign language schools (where students are taught bilingually
beginning in kindergarten) - to the prestigious International Baccalaureate program (a rigorous high school course
of study that leads to an internationally recognized diploma).
Not every county in Maryland offers magnet programs, but those that do have a special application process. Generally,
elementary magnet programs are filled by a random lottery system. Middle and high school magnet programs also use a
lottery system, but they may also require that applicants meet specific minimum requirements before their name can
be entered into the lottery.
School districts often host informational meetings in October, for families who are interested in learning more.
Applications for magnet school programs are usually due sometime in November. Homeschool students can apply for a
magnet school program WITHOUT being currently enrolled in public school.
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