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Magnet Program

Middle Years Programme Coordinator - Allison Laplante

If you have questions, please contact the school at 352-671-7225 at extension 0.   

 Magnet Program Application

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 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 during the next Lottery Window.  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 has evolved. 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 Level classes based upon their state test scores and classroom performance. “What are Magnet Schools.” 


All HMS students must qualify for the Advanced Level classes.  This may be attained by scoring a 4 and/or a 5 on their FSA (state test scores), as well as holding A's and B's within all of their classes for the preceeding school year.  A FSA score of a 3 will also be considered if the Scale Score is within the higher end of the spectrum.  HMS has the ability to hybrid student schedules - Students may have different level courses based upon their abilities.  Students will be placed into course levels where they may experience their best educational successes. 


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 Level Classes.