Magnet Program

Program Overview

Wicomico County’s Magnet Program has been developed to meet the needs of those elementary students identified as high performing learners. This group of students is exposed to strategies that focus on the highest levels of cognitive learning processes found in Bloom’s taxonomy in order to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and challenge them to perform at a level appropriate with their innate ability. Fundamental to the program is project based learning. Prior mastery of basic skills is essential to higher level learning processes. Students are guided in reading, math, and all content areas to explore beyond the literal acceptance of new information and concepts. Teachers act as facilitators helping students expand their knowledge in an atmosphere which fosters and encourages original thoughts, concepts, and individualized approaches to learning. 

The Magnet Program adheres to the Maryland’s College and Career Ready Standards and the policies adopted by the Wicomico Board of Education. The Magnet Program is housed at North Salisbury Elementary School and serves students meeting the criteria for entry in grades three through five from all county elementary schools. Transportation is provided utilizing a county mid-point and transfer routine on secondary school buses. The length of the student day is shortened to accommodate the transportation requirements from the entire county to the centralized location. Students can arrive as early as 7:45 AM, however the school day begins at 8:15 AM. Students are dismissed at 2:15 PM.

For Entry into the grade 3 Magnet Program a grade 2 student must achieve a score at the 78 percentile and above on the combined InView Verbal and Non-Verbal assessment and above the 85th percentile on the Math Cumulative Assessment. In the third area, the student must achieve at or above the 85th percentile on the Reading Inventory which equates to a Lexile score of 800 and above. 
InView: Verbal
InView: Non-Verbal
Reading Inventory (RI)
Cumulative Mathematics Assessment

For Entry into the grade 4 Magnet Program a grade 3 student must meet the grade point average requirement in both reading and math of 3.5 or higher, earn a qualifying score of 85% on a WCBOE Mathematics Assessment (Highest of 3 Assessments), and score a 900 or higher Lexile Level (91st Percentile) on the Reading Inventory (RI).

For Entry into the grade 5 Magnet Program a grade 4 student must meet the grade point average requirement in both reading and math of 3.5 or higher, earn a qualifying score of 85% on a WCBOE Mathematics Assessment (Highest of 3 Assessments) and score a 1000 or higher Lexile Level (91st Percentile) on the Reading Inventory (RI).