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AACPS Magnet Programs

Anne Arundel County currently offers Magnet Programs at several of its middle and high schools. A magnet school offers an educational program with a specialized course of study or an emphasis on instruction that is different from the traditional curriculum offered in Anne Arundel County Public schools.  Magnet schools attract qualified students from a designated geographic area who successfully complete an admission process. For inforfmation about our Magnet Programs, includnig what programs are offered and how to apply, visit our Magnet Home Page.

Advanced Co-Curricular Programs

The Co-Curricular program in Anne Arundel County Public Schools offers a broad spectrum of learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom for elementary, middle, and high school students. It is intended to complement, broaden and provide a practical application of the knowledge students receive in regular classes. Co-Curricular activities afford every child the opportunity to participate in activates for which they have a passion for and enjoy. The program provides students the chance to work as a member of a group in order to achieve a goal. Co-Curricular activities require students to think critically, solve problems, manage time, and appreciate the talents and differing abilities of other students. In addition, it provides them with meaningful, expanded learning experiences, and opportunities to grow as individuals.   (read more)

Advanced Learner Program- (Previous Gifted/Talented Program)

Children and adolescents have many talents and gifts. The G/T/AP program open doors for students, affording them opportunities to develop their talents and gifts, and enrich their lives.  Exploration occurs in the classroom and through participation in special programs.  (read more)

Advanced Placement Program

Advanced Placement courses are offered in all Anne Arundel County Public High Schools and provide students with rich and rewarding college-level learning experiences.  High School students have the opportunity to increase the rigor of their curriculum by enrolling in Honors or Advanced Placement classes. There is also an opportunity for students to earn college credit for these courses by sitting for the AP exam at the end of the course.   (read more)

Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID)

AVID is an academic program designed to provide support to students who are in the "academic" middle.  This elective is currently being offered to students in grades 6 through 12, with some pilot elementary schools offering it to 5th grade students. (read more)

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

To ensure the needs of every student are met, today's schools are using a collaborative process to identify student strengths and weaknesses, design and document progress on academic and behavioral interventions, and share responsibilities for all students.  This change is required by the No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.  Schools are becoming more proficient at using various forms of student data to appropriately differentiate instruction and to design instructional goals based on the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum. (read more)

Home Schooling

Anne Arundel County Public Schools supports home schooling in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.10.01.  Our mission is to promote quality education for all Home Schooled students through thorough, consistent parental instruction. (read more)

Signature Programs

A signature is a theme, chosen by a school and its surrounding community, to connect classroom instruction with real-world situations and workforce relevant skills.  A signature brings together educators with local business and community leaders to make classroom instruction relevant, interesting and challenging for students.  A signature offers high school students unique thematic courses and co-curricular opportunities that connect to the 21st century workplace and may include technical, community college and/or 4-year college pathways.  Each of the 12 comprehensive high schools in Anne Arundel County will offer a unique Signature Program. For a more information about Signature Programs, including a list of each school's Signature Theme, visit ourSignature Programs website.