HMS Magnet Program

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    2018-2019 School Year - How do I apply for Howard Middle School's Magnet Program?

    Beginning the 2018-2019 school year, Howard Middle School's Magnet Program will be expanded to the entire campus.  All students zoned for Howard Middle School will be a part of The HMS Magnet Program with the International Baccalaureate (IB) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) focus.  Any student not zoned for HMS will be able to complete an online application between January 3rd and February 28th, 2018.  This will fall under the new Lottery Application System being implemented by MCPS.  To view more details and for the links to apply, please click on: School Choice and Magnet Programs. Thank you for your patience as we transition into our new and exciting program. Magnet Schools of America


    Please keep in mind that the definition of a Magnet Student is evolving. Our entire campus is a Magnet School based upon the programs that we now offer - The International Baccalaureate (IB) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) programs. These programs are integrated into all of our classrooms; hence, all of our students are Magnet Students. Students who are eligible for advanced placement classes (formally known as Magnet Students under the AAIT Magnet Program) will still be eligible for advanced placement classes based upon their state test scores and classroom performance. “What are Magnet Schools.”


    For our current students:  All of our current 6th or 7th grade students who are not zoned for HMS and who were previously accepted into HMS through the AAIT Magnet Program, will not need to reapply.  To continue attending HMS they must continue to have good attendance, maintain the required FSA Test scores, and have no discipline issues to stay in their Advanced Placement Classes.  Please contact Steven Hottenstein, Magent / IB-MYP Coordinator if you have any questions.  


    OVERVIEW of the 2017-2018 School Year AAIT

    The Advanced Academics Integrated Technologies (AAIT) magnet program began at Howard Middle School in 1996 and currently, there are more than 475 students enrolled. AAIT is a rigorous academic program with technology integrated throughout all courses.

    Collaborative group work and project-based learning, as well daily homework and independent reading, are the basis of all courses. The teacher serves as a facilitator of knowledge acquisition and application, and the student is responsible for his/her own learning. In addition, positive student attendance, self-discipline and good grades as outlined in the HMS AAIT/Magnet Expectations and Probationary Guidelines create well-rounded learners.

    Students completing the AAIT program are prepared to continue their education at advanced high school programs such as Vanguard's or Lake Weir's International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes, West Port's Marion County Center for the Arts (MCAA), Forest's Engineering & Manufacturing Institute of Technology (EMIT) or Belleview's or North Marion's Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) programs.


    Technology is integrated into all AAIT courses. Most AAIT classrooms are "Engaged Classrooms," equipped with computers, SmartBoards, projectors, Smart Cameras, school pads, graphing calculators, and more. New technologies are added each year to meet the needs of our students and teachers.


    Students collaboratively work on presentations using the various technologies for research and projects. Computer labs supplement the classroom technologies, and classes visit the labs for project work. Students are expected to become technology literate at Howard.


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    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for the 2017-2018 School Year AAIT


    Applicants to AAIT must be MCPS students with a good academic standing, good attendance and an excellent discipline record. Upon acceptance, a completed "HMS Magnet Program - Letter of Intent" must be completed.  This will be supplied to applicants that have been given a "tentative acceptance" or offered a magnet seat.  We will be looking for the following admission requirements: 

    • FSA / Standardized Assessment Levels 4 and/or 5 in English Language Arts and Math.  A Level 3 in either ELA or Math may also be considered depending upon the Level 3 scale score as well as all other student factors. FSA ELA & Math Fact Sheet
    • Previous Final Grades: A’s and B’s on Report Cards.
    • No significant attendance or discipline issues.
    • Self-motivated and directed with parent support.


    HMS will consider applicants for their 6th, 7th, or 8th grade school year as a magnet student. Admission requirements remain the same.

    For more information, you may contact  Steven Hottenstein - Magnet/IB-MYP Coordinator, at 352-671-7225 extension 5 or by email:  


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