Applying to the Magnet


What are you applying to?

The Blair Magnet Program is funded to accept 100 Montgomery County students for its incoming 9th Grade class. Because the Magnet Program's curriculum is interrelated between grades and sequentially different from other high schools, only students entering 9th Grade are accepted. No mid-high school transfer of students is permitted. However, juniors and seniors enrolled in other Montgomery County high schools who meet the prerequisites and can provide their own transportation are eligible for magnet electives that are not offered at their home school.

Who should apply?

Students in Grade 8 with a strong interest in science, mathematics, and computer science who are enrolled in at least Algebra I may apply to the Blair Magnet Program for entrance the following school year. Applicants must reside in one of the following MCPS high school clusters at the time of testing (for more information on testing, see below): Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Winston Churchill, the Downcounty Consortium (Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Wheaton), the Northeast Consortium (Blake, Paint Branch, Springbrook), Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, or Thomas S. Wootton. Students in other high school clusters can apply to the Poolesville Magnet Program.

Where and when can you get additional information?

Each fall there are informational meetings about the Magnet for interested students and their parents/guardians. For prospective students entering high school in 2022-23, there will be no in person meetings in the fall of 2021.  Instead, informational videos will be posted starting at 6pm on Monday, October 11.

How do you apply?

MCPS families should visit the county website for application informationPlease make sure you select "Grade 8" on the website as the page is for several of the county's programs, and defaults to the Grade 3 information. We are expecting application information to be available on October 8, 2021.  Applications will be available through Synergy ParentVUE.  Applications are due on November 5.

Further questions? Call the Magnet Program at (240) 740-7218.