BCPS awarded grants for mag­net pro­grams

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Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools has been awarded a $15 mil­lion fed­eral grant over five years to de­velop five new mag­net pro­grams and to sig­nif­i­cantly re­vise one ex­ist­ing mag­net pro­gram.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for Team BCPS to carry forth on our com­mit­ment to pro­vide eq­ui­table ac­cess to rig­or­ous, high-qual­ity in­struc­tional op­tions that meet the needs of our fam­i­lies,” said BCPS In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Ver­letta White.

Three mag­net pro­grams on the west side of the county will cre­ate a K-12 In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) mag­net path­way with a the­matic fo­cus on global stud­ies. Two pro­grams on the east side of the county will cre­ate a Health Sci­ence path­way for Grades 6-12. One ad­di­tional east side pro­gram will cre­ate an IB path­way for Grades 6-12 lead­ing into the ex­ist­ing IB pro­gram at Ken­wood High School.

“We are thrilled to ex­pand learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in global stud­ies and the health sci­ences, two dis­ci­plines that of­fer ex­cit­ing ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties,” said Leeann Schu­bert, BCPS di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tional op­tions. “From our youngest to old­est learn­ers, stu­dents will be able to grow their in­ter­ests, tal­ents, and abil­i­ties through th­ese unique pro­grams.”

The six schools cur­rently serve more than 4,500 stu­dents:

Golden Ring Mid­dle School – Health Sci­ences

Mid­dle River Mid­dle School – In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Mid­dle Years Pro­gram

New Town High School – In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Mid­dle Years Pro­gram and Di­ploma Pro­gram

Over­lea High School – Health Sci­ences

Wind­sor Mill Mid­dle School – In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Mid­dle Years Pro­gram

Wood­moor Ele­men­tary School – In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate Pri- mary Years Pro­gram

“Our mag­net pro­grams have a great track record, and this in­fu­sion of funds will en­hance their ben­e­fits,” said Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz. “They help to spark stu­dents’ in­ter­est and en­thu­si­asm, and give them a valu­able leg up on pre­par­ing for col­lege and for ca­reers in the global mar­ket­place.”

In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate pro­grams in­tro­duce a global per­spec­tive to in­struc­tion across the sub­ject ar­eas with a fo­cus on hands-on, project-based learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that sup­port fu­ture-ready skills and knowl­edge.

BCPS is one of 32 school sys­tems to re­ceive this com­pet­i­tive award from the Mag­net Schools As­sis­tance Pro­gram, part of the U. S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. The Mag­net Schools As­sis­tance Pro­gram pro­vides grants to el­i­gi­ble lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional agen­cies to es­tab­lish and op­er­ate mag­net schools. Projects sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and de­sign of in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion meth­ods and prac­tices that pro­mote di­ver­sity and in­crease choices in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. The pro­gram sup­ports the im­ple­men­ta­tion of cour­ses of in­struc­tion in mag­net schools that strengthen stu­dents’ knowl­edge of aca­demic sub­jects and their grasp of tan­gi­ble and mar­ketable vo­ca­tional skills.

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