Magnet Programs

  • IB Colegio del Mundo World School Ecole du Monde logo in blue circle   Performing and Visual Arts logo with colorful paint splatter in background Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics logo with atom diagram, test tubes and the pi sign BioMedical Allied Health Magnet High School logo with the Medical symbol on top of the Glen Burnie High School shield  

    Center of Applied Technology North logo with geometric three dimensional shape in the center.  Center of Applied Technology South Turning Passions into professions.  World with a glowing star orbiting around it.



    FALL 2018 INFORMATION SESSIONS  Click here for ENGLISH.  Click here for SPANISH.  Magnet applications accepted started Oct 15, 2018-noon Nov 30, 2018.

    The wait lists for Magnet Programs will be disbanded at the end of September.  Should a seat open in a program holding the wait list, the Magnet Office will contact families via email.

    AACPS Division of Advanced Studies and Programs believes strongly in providing innovative educational programs for our students. It is through offering Magnet Programs in International Baccalaureate (IB), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and Performing, Visual, Arts (PVA), as part of our schools of choice, that students explore their interests, talents, and abilities in a highly specialized and rigorous instructional setting. In the Magnet Programs, students learn about and explore issues current and relevant within their field of study. Students take both pride and ownership in being a part of a Magnet program as they prepare themselves to be future leaders.  For more information related to any of the Magnet Programs, please attend one of our Fall Magnet Information Nights.

    In case of inclement weather or weather-related closure, please go to the Anne Arundel County home page for delays and closings (  It is important to note that Extended Day for PVA students is not considered an extra-curricular activity. In fact, Extended Day is incorporated in the instructional Day for the Performing and Visual Arts High School Magnet.  Extended Day closures will be communicated with a transportation directive when determined.

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    AACPS Students: To apply, you need your lunch number and the password used to access computers at school. Sign up now for AACPS password reset. (Once you have signed up, you can reset it yourself when the last password you used no longer functions.  Access SIGN UP and RESET links here.)  Computer techs in each school can also assist with password resets. The Magnet Office cannot reset passwords.

    The on-time 2018-2019 Magnet Application will open on October 15, 2018 and close at NOON on November 30, 2018. Applications are only considered from residents of Anne Arundel County. Applications are accepted from 5th and 8th grade students interested in attending a Magnet Program in 2019-2020 or from current 10th grade applicants interested in attending IB DP in Grade 11.  CAT Centers will be accepting applications through March 15, 2018. Please check back in the spring for the dates of the 2018-2019 Magnet Application season.

    Transportation To and From Magnet Programs

    Bus stops for accepted Magnet students to their Magnet school will be consolidated and may not be located within ordinary walking distances. Almost all consolidated bus stops will be at local elementary schools, middle schools, or libraries. Parents/guardians will be required to transport students to the consolidated bus stop or to the Magnet School. (Exception: CAT North/CAT South students will be picked up from and returned to their home school within the regular school day). Note: A list of consolidated stops is published by the Division of Transportation each August.

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