From Councilman David Marks:

Our magnet program is an important part of instruction in Baltimore County. I believe the magnet program not only offers opportunities for students to learn specialized skills, but it can help ease overcrowding and equalize enrollment throughout the county.

I urge you to participate in one of the community meetings scheduled around the county.

County Councilman David Marks
Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 887-3384


FOR RELEASE: August 14, 2013 Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

BCPS invites community to forums about magnet programs


What: Students, parents and other Baltimore County Public Schools stakeholders are invited to offer feedback on the implementation of the school system’s magnet programs and equity of access to the programs. Public comment from these meetings will be a critical component of the ongoing magnet audit commissioned by BCPS.

When & Where: The 11 community forums, including one scheduled for BCPS staff only, are listed below:

  • Monday, September 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Lansdowne Elementary School, 2301 Alma Road, 21227
  • Monday, September 16, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road, 21234
  • Tuesday, September 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Old Court Middle School, 4627 Old Court Road, 21208
  • Tuesday, September 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Sandalwood Elementary School, 900 South Marlyn Avenue, 21221
  • Wednesday, September 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road, 21212
  • Wednesday, September 18, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 North York Road, 21204 (BCPS Staff Only Forum)
  • Thursday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, 21236
  • Thursday, September 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Edmondson Heights Elementary School, 1600 Langford Road, 21207
  • Thursday, September 19, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Mars Estates Elementary School, 1500 East Homberg Avenue, 21221
  • Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard, 21117
  • Saturday, September 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., at West Towson Elementary School, 6914 North Charles Street, 21204



In May 2013, BCPS began its six-month magnet program audit with researchers from Metis Associates, an external auditor company. From 2003 to 2007, Metis Associates served as the external evaluator for Baltimore’s federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant.

In September, members of the community also will be able to provide their feedback via an online questionnaire on the BCPS website.

BCPS offers more than 70 magnet programs to approximately 12,000 elementary, middle and high school students attending 29 schools throughout the district.