Elementary Magnet Program

The Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Elementary Magnet Program provides a comprehensive education serving the unique needs and learning styles of students in grades 3-5 whose demonstrated academic ability and achievement far surpass those of their peers.  The program provides enrichment, extension, and strategic acceleration of pace and content for students who meet the selection criteria in both language arts and mathematics.  Students who are nominated for the Elementary Magnet Program should exhibit unique academic needs that cannot be reasonably met by the regular program available at the neighborhood school.

Children readingThe Elementary Magnet Program extends and enriches the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards through depth and complexity of topics, the integration of multiple disciplines, and a variety of activities, including research and independent projects.  Resources utilized include specialized curriculum materials designed for advanced learners, such as: Junior Great Books, Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension, Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds, and units from the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education.

Teachers in the Elementary Magnet Program participate in focused, ongoing professional learning to address the unique academic and emotional needs of highly able elementary students.  They collaborate across school sites to share strategies and plan rigorous learning experiences.

Because the student day is shortened and the program pace is accelerated, students who are successful in the Elementary Magnet Program demonstrate the following qualities in addition to high academic performance:

  • task commitment
  • planning skills
  • organizational skills
  • creativity
  • self-motivation

Parents/guardians and teachers should also consider the child’s social/emotional development.  For some students, being away from the neighborhood school setting is difficult, and in other cases, children become frustrated and stressed with high degrees of academic intensity.  To ensure the overall well-being of the child, school staff and the Office of Advanced Academics are willing to discuss all of these considerations with families.