About Magnet Programs in WCPS
Our magnet programs provide accelerated and enriched classes for academically gifted students. Each magnet school has a theme and is designed to provide challenging instruction that meets the ability levels and unique learning needs of highly gifted students. Rigorous instruction by highly qualified teachers is often advanced by one to two grade levels.
In grade 1, students are invited to apply to grade 2 magnet programs based on a universal screening and referral process.
In grade 5, students are invited to apply to grade 6 magnet programs based on a universal screening and referral process.
If openings exist in elementary magnet programs for grades 3, 4, and 5, the top-performing students currently enrolled in an elementary school-based GATE program may be screened at the school level and invited to apply by the Office of Advanced Programs.
If openings exist in middle school magnet programs for grades 7 and 8, the top-performing GATE students may be screened at the school level and invited to apply by the Office of Advanced Programs.
Selection for magnet placement at the elementary and middle school levels is based upon a comprehensive review of multiple sources of information, including:
These programs are highly-competitive and designed to meet the needs of our most highly gifted students.
Placements in magnet programs are never guaranteed to any student.
Students not selected for Magnet enrollment will continue to have access to acceleration and enrichment through GATE Services.