More Than 2K Public School Students Seek Magnet Program Seats
Nearly 2,100 individual students submitted at least one application to participate in an Anne Arundel County Public Schools magnet program in the 2012-2013 school year, a 24 percent increase over a year ago.
When the application period closed on November 30, 2,080 students had filed applications to be considered for seven magnet programs housed at 14 schools. The total of 2,700 applications – students can apply for more than one program – is a nearly 28 percent increase over last year. The tremendous response means that lotteries will be held for at least some seats in the following programs:
- BioMedical Allied Health magnet program at Glen Burnie High School
- International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Annapolis
- Middle School, MacArthur Middle School, and Old Mill Middle North
- International Baccalaureate Middle Years/Diploma Programme at
- Annapolis, Meade, and Old Mill high schools
- Performing and Visual Arts middle school magnet program at Bates and Brooklyn Park middle schools
- Performing and Visual Arts high school magnet program at Annapolis and Broadneck high schools
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math magnet program at
- Old Mill Middle School South (set to open in August 2013)
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math magnet program at North County and South River high schools
Because seats in the PVA magnets are determined in part by auditions and areas of concentration, some of those seats may not go to lottery.
“These programs continue to receive widespread support from our business and community partners, and widespread interest from current students and those outside of our system,” Superintendent Kevin Maxwell said. “We are continuing to develop rigorous and relevant programs that help prepare our students to be leaders once they leave our classrooms, and the number of applications we have received is evidence that what we are doing is working.”
The lotteries will be conducted by an outside agency. Families should begin to receive magnet program seat offers and waiting list placements by mid-February.
Applications for enrollment in AACPS’ two Centers of Applied Technology are due in March.
Nearly 10,300 students from grades 6 through 12 are currently enrolled in an AACPS magnet program.