Anne Arundel County public schools officials say 2,229 students submitted applications for the 1,530 available seats in magnet programs for the 2014-15 school year.
The number represents an 11 percent increase over the current school year and means that lotteries will be held for seats in all seven programs. Applications were accepted for seven magnet programs housed at 15 schools, covering fields related to biomedical health, performing and visual arts, science, technology, engineering and math, and other disciplines.
Magnet lotteries will be conducted by an outside agency this month. Eligible families should receive magnet seat offers and waiting list placements by mid-February.
Officials said applications for enrollment in the two Centers of Applied Technology are not counted in the magnet totals. Those applications are due April 1.
The Key School in Annapolis will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 534 Hillsmere Drive. Families interested in learning more about programs for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 are invited. Visitors can meet the faculty, see classes in session and talk with other parents. For more information, call 410-263-9231, ext. 1226 or go to keyschool.org/admission.
Barrett and Anne McKown of Edgewater have established a $25,000 scholarship fund at Anne Arundel Community College to help offset tuition and educational expenses of county residents who enroll in cyber-related studies. The couple set up the Barrett and Anne McKown Scholarship for Cybersecurity Study to allow contributions from the community. Preference will go to U.S. citizens living in Anne Arundel who are attending a cybersecurity studies program, are enrolled full time and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply: visit aacc.edu/aid/scholarships. Those interested in contributing to the fund or establishing scholarships can contact the AACC Foundation at 410-777-2515, firstname.lastname@example.org or aacc.edu/foundation.