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WCPS Magnet Programs General Information. GOALS. Review continuum of services for advanced learners. Review magnet programs. Discuss critical dates for the application process. Elementary School Programs. Co-curricular Activities Elementary Enrichment

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Wcps magnet programs general information

WCPS Magnet Programs

General Information


Goals

GOALS

  • Review continuum of services for advanced learners.

  • Review magnet programs.

  • Discuss critical dates for the application process.


Elementary school programs

Elementary School Programs

  • Co-curricular Activities

  • Elementary Enrichment

    • Placements are made based on student data and teacher recommendations.

  • Elementary Magnet Programs

    • Competitive application process

  • Signature Programs


Wcps magnet programs general information

Elementary School Programs

  • Enrichment Teacher Services:

    • Math and language arts/reading (grades 3-5)

    • Service delivery through

      • Pull-out

      • Push-in (cluster and flexible groupings)

      • Co-teaching

  • Co-Curricular Activities:

    • Chess Clubs

    • Destination Imagination

    • Geography Bee

    • Math 24 Game

    • Stock Market Game


  • Elementary signature programs

    Elementary Signature Programs

    Foreign Language Programs:

    • Bester Elementary

    • Boonsboro Elementary

    • Greenbrier Elementary

    • Paramount Elementary

    • Pleasant Valley Elementary

    • Sharpsburg Elementary

    • Smithsburg Elementary


    Elementary magnet programs grades 2 through 5

    Elementary Magnet ProgramsGrades 2 through 5

    • Boonsboro Elementary Magnet Program for World Languages and Global Communication

    • Emma K. Doub Elementary Magnet Program for Integrated Arts and Technology

    • Fountaindale Elementary Magnet Program for the Arts and Academic Excellence

    • Williamsport Elementary Magnet Program for Math, Science, and Technology


    Middle school programs

    Middle School Programs

    • Merit Classes in English, math, science, and social studies

      • Placements made based on student data and teacher recommendations

    • Middle School Magnet Programs

      • Competitive application process


    Middle school magnet programs grades 6 and 7

    Middle School Magnet ProgramsGrades 6 and 7

    • Boonsboro Middle School Magnet Program for World Languages and Global Communication

    • E. Russell Hicks Middle School Magnet Program for Media Technology, Humanities, and Communications

    • Springfield Middle School Magnet Program for Math, Science, and Technology


    High school choices

    High School Choices

    • WCPS Career Academies

    • Advanced Placement Courses

    • International Baccalaureate Programme

      • North Hagerstown High School (2006)

    • Barbara Ingram School for the Arts( fall 2009)

    • Washington County Technical High

    • Williamsport High School

      • 9th grade Program—fall 2008

      • STEM Grant Program--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math


    Wcps enrichment merit and magnet programs

    What’s alike?

    WCPS curriculum and benchmark assessments

    Maryland State Assessment and Voluntary State Curriculum

    Differentiation

    High academic expectations

    Acceleration of content

    Opportunities for enrichment

    What’s different?

    Curriculum compacting

    Specialized elective courses

    Interdisciplinary focus and integration of school-wide theme

    Co-curricular enrichment activities and projects

    Teacher recruitment, selection, and professional development

    WCPS Enrichment/Merit and Magnet Programs


    Each magnet program is part of the school as a whole

    Each magnet program is part of the school as a whole.

    • Magnet teachers work closely with grade level and content area teachers on the integration of signature theme

    • Magnet students participate in school-wide and co-curricular activities relevant to the school’s signature theme.

    • Magnet parents support school-wide efforts to improve learning for all children.


    Application processes

    Application Processes

    • Applications for each school will be posted online after October 20, 2008.

    • Application, parent questionnaire, testing information, interview, other required documentation.

    • A student may apply to one school only.

    • Several sources are reviewed:

      • application, grades, non-verbal ability test results, parent responses, reading benchmarks, reading level, math benchmarks, MSA data, student interview and task, teacher perception data


    Application processes magnet assessment dates

    Application Processes: Magnet Assessment Dates

    • November 15, 2008---Early Testing Date

    • December 13, 2008---Assigned Testing Date

    • January 10, 2009---Make-up Testing Date


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    Application Processes: Magnet Assessment Dates

    • Testing will be held on Saturday mornings.

      • Early testing is available in November. Please call to schedule. Spaces and times are limited.

      • December testing will be scheduled for you. Students will be assigned a testing time, which may not be changed unless there is an emergency.

    • Students will not be retested.

      • If your child is ill on the day of the test, please call to reschedule for the January 10th date (make-up testing).

      • There will be a limited number of spaces available on the make-up testing dates.


    Application processes student interviews

    Application Processes: Student Interviews

    • Scheduled at the magnet school level.

    • Require a task completion by the child.


    Application processes critical reminders

    Application Processes: Critical Reminders

    • Work with your child to select a theme that is a match for his/her interests and talents.

    • Be prompt for your testing appointment.

    • Adhere to application due dates:

      • First Round: December 15, 2008

      • Final Round: April 20, 2009

    • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    • Students may apply to one school only.


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