The Elementary Magnet Program

  • The 2020-2021 Magnet Nomination period is now closed.

Parent/Guardian Nomination Summary Sheet for 2020-2021

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

The summary below is designed to help you decide whether or not you wish to nominate and submit an FCPS Elementary Magnet Program Application for your child. The application is for possible placement in the 2020-2021 FCPS Elementary Magnet Program.  Please read the information carefully and follow all directions should you decide to submit an application for your child.  We also recommend that you read the Behaviors, Characteristics, Considerations information on our web page located at www.fcps.org/academics/elstdconsiderations. If you have questions about the procedures described on this sheet, please contact the Office of Advanced Academics at 301-696-6891.  If you have questions about your child’s progress in school or other academic concerns, please contact your child’s current teacher or principal.

Thank you,
Jessica J. Reinhard, Ed.D.
Supervisor of Advanced Academics


General Considerations for Parents

  1. A student should be nominated through FCPS Elementary Magnet Program Application submission because his/her unique learning styles or specific, accelerated academic needs would make it difficult for the neighborhood school to meet the student’s needs without unusual placement, such as moving the student to a higher grade level for all or part of the day.  If the child’s needs are being met appropriately at the current school, then the current or neighborhood school is the preferred placement.

  2. Before completing an application for the magnet program, please give serious consideration to the child’s task commitment, study habits, organizational and planning skills, ability to learn and complete tasks independently, and range of creative productivity.  If these characteristics are not present to a significant degree, the child’s ability to succeed in the program may be questionable, based upon the pace of instruction, the type and nature of assignments and the degree to which independence is stressed.

  3. Transportation may be a concern when considering if the magnet program is appropriate for your child. Student transportation options are available, including: transportation by parent, carpooling, and county shuttle bus system. A carpooling list is made available to parents of magnet students indicating an interest in such an arrangement.  Magnet students utilizing the county bus system may be transported by a middle or high school bus to a shuttle site where the students board a bus to the magnet program site.  Please note that magnet students transition to their neighborhood middle school at the conclusion of the magnet school experience.


The Parent Nomination Process

  1. Complete the FCPS Elementary Magnet Program Student Application no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.
  2. FCPS Students:  A school-based magnet coordinator will automatically administer required tests during the school day.
    Non-FCPS, Charter School and New-to-Frederick County Students:  an FCPS teacher specialist will perform the required assessments. Please see additional information.
  3. Receive notification regarding placement by mail in mid-May, based on the decision of the Nominations Review Committee, comprised of specialists in language arts, mathematics, and gifted education.