Elementary Magnet Program Identification Process

Identification ProcessThe goal of the Elementary Magnet Program nomination process is to identify students whose needs cannot reasonably be met in the comprehensive elementary classroom and who require a specialized placement in order to provide additional depth and complexity.

The Supervisor of Advanced Academics holds an Magnet Program Overview for interested parents each winter.  Watch your school newsletter, Channel 18, and FindOutFirst for details.

Parents, teachers, or administrators may nominate students in grades 2-4 for the program in February of each school year.  It is recommended that parents consult with current teachers to help gauge the appropriateness of the magnet program for their child. Parents of students who are not current FCPS students should contact the Office of Advanced Academics for nomination procedures.

A Nomination Form and completed Parent/Guardian Rating Form are required to initiate the screening process. These forms are available on this website or in any FCPS elementary school during the nomination period, which is typically the month of February.

Parents of potential magnet students who relocate to Frederick County, MD, prior to July 15 should contact the Office of Advanced Academics at 301-696-6891 regarding nomination procedures. 

For more information about the nomination and screening process, please see FCPS Regulation 400-88 (link).

Each completed nomination packet is forwarded to the Nominations Review Committee, comprised of specialists in language arts, mathematics, and gifted education.

Selection Criteria

A variety of performance, ability, and achievement data is collected for each nominated student.  Each completed nomination packet is forwarded to a review committee comprised of specialists in language arts, mathematics, and gifted education.

Students selected for placement in the magnet program exhibit all of the following characteristics:

  • Advanced performance in both reading and mathematics
  • Strong ratings on teacher checklists of learning behaviors, mathematics performance, and language arts achievement
  • Strong ratings on parent checklists of student learning behaviors
  • Superior scores on a nationally normed ability assessment as designated by the Office of Advanced Academics

Placement and Enrollment Process

Placement decisions are mailed to parents and principals in mid-May.

Each magnet site invites parents of students who are offered placements to an orientation in May. The orientation is designed to assist parents in making the best placement decision for each child.

Parents must notify the Office of Advanced Academics of their decision to decline or accept the offer of magnet placement and enroll their child at the magnet school by late May.