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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.

Due Date
Web Site
AlleganyNo informationboe.allconet.org
Anne ArundelEnd of Novemberwww.aacps.org/magnet
Baltimore CityMid-Januarywww.baltimorecityschools.org/schools/school_choice
Baltimore CountyMid-Novemberdci.bcps.org/department/innovative_learning/educational_options/magnet_programs
CalvertNo informationwww.calvertnet.k12.md.us
CarolineNo informationwww.carolineschools.org
CarrollNo informationwww.carrollk12.org
CecilNo informationwww.ccps.org
CharlesNo informationwww.ccboe.com
DorchesterNo informationwww.dcps.k12.md.us
FrederickEarly Marchwww.fcps.org/academics/elementary-magnet-program
GarrettNo informationwww.garrettcountyschools.org
HarfordEnd of Novemberwww.hcps.org/Schools/MagnetPrograms
HowardNo informationwww.hcpss.org
KentNo informationwww.kent.k12.md.us
MontgomeryEarly Novemberwww.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms
Prince George'sVarieswww.pgcps.org/specialty-public-charters-applications
Queen Anne'sNo informationwww.qacps.org
St. Mary'sEarly Novemberwww.smcps.org/academies
SomersetNo informationwww.somerset.k12.md.
TalbotNo informationwww.tcps.k12.md.us
WashingtonEarly Decemberwcpsmd.com/advanced-programs/magnet-programs
WorcesterNo informationwww.worcesterk12.com

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