About the Magnet

In 1985, Montgomery County Public Schools opened its Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet Program within Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Magnet Program is designed to offer accelerated, interdisciplinary courses in science, mathematics, and computer science for highly able students particularly interested in these subjects.

Since Magnet students have a number of extra academic requirements, magnet students have an eight-period day, instead of the normal seven-period day of most county high school students. Magnet students can (and do!) take full advantage of Blair's other extracurriculars such as athletics, student clubs, the school's bands and plays, and other activities.

Magnet students have been...

  • Semifinalists and finalists in the Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition
  • National Merit Semifinalists (more Semifinalists than any other school in the state for over a decade)
  • Montgomery County Science Fair Grand Award Winners
  • First place winners in the International Science and Engineering Fair
  • Montgomery County Mathematics League champions over twenty straight years
  • Super-Quest finalist teams
  • National winners in the NASA Space Science Student Involvement Project
  • American Computer Science League National Champions
  • First place winners in the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (2008-2009)
  • Gold medal winners of the International Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Biology Olympiad (2006-2009)
  • And much more!