McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School

  • McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School

    Applications for 2017-2018 are open from DECEMBER 1 - FEBRUARY 8.  Magnet Seal

    To apply, you will need your child’s:
    • BCPS Student Identification Number
      • If your child is not a current BCPS student, visit any BCPS school to request a Student Identification
        Number for your child.  Please bring a form of personal identification and your child’s birth certificate.

    The online School Choice application is only supported in Google Chrome.

    Click the link below to view a short video about our top notch Magnet program!

    McNicol Magnet & STEM Program

    Magnet Program Tours: See our Magnet classes in action! All tours are RSVP only and begin at 8:15am. We are offering them on the following dates:
    -January 10th, 2018
    -January 24th, 2018
    -February 1st, 2018
    Contact Bernadette Kogut Lohrer via
    Phone: 754-323-3431 to RSVP!
    Meet the administrators and visit the classrooms to see Engineering, Robotics, CAPE Academy, PhytoSTEMatics and Science!

    Students and staff at McNicol Middle School were pleasantly surprised upon their return for the 2012-2013 school year. The opening of the McNicol STEM Academy in 2011 provided a fresh start to the implementation of the STEM Program at our school. The McNicol STEM Academy highlights three houses of STEM Curriculum, which include: PhytoSTEMatics, Alternative Energy, and a STEM Paxton Lab. As recipients of the MSAP Grant ($8.6 million), McNicol Middle School students work in brand new 21st century hands-on learning and teaching labs.

    The STEM Academy features two SMART classrooms, an outdoor learning lab with a fruit garden and butterfly garden, technology stations with laptop carts for 22 students, and a unique curriculum which allows for students to build solar ovens, outdoor heaters, solar powered cars & electronics, and much more! STEM Academy teachers have developed curriculum through district and nationwide professional development opportunities and are prepared to bring enthusiasm and excitement to your child’s educational experience.

    So what exactly does STEM stand for and what is a STEM school?

    STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As a STEM school we focus on these subjects and intentionally integrate them into every aspect of our students’ education.

    How do we incorporate STEM into a child’s education?
    • Hands-on project based learning and activities
    • Paxton modular labs
    • State-of-the-art computer labs
    • Science/Pre-engineering research classes
    • CAPE Academy for qualified students (Career and Professional Education)
    • Educational STEM related field trips and competitions

    STEM Wheel - As 6th graders, many of our students will have the opportunity to try all of our science electives within one school year. 
    • Computers (with Multimedia Essentials)
    • Engineering (Paxton/Patterson Lab)
    • Robotics (Based on FIRST Lego League)
    • PhytoSTEMatics (Agricultural and Environmental Lab with outdoor fruit orchard and vegetable garden)

    For 2017-2018, all of our students are working on a problem-based research question. Each grade level is approaching the question from a different area:

    The exponentially increasing human population is effecting:
    • (6th grade) Water resources
    • (7th grade) Food resources
    • (8th grade) Energy resources.
    The culminating project: Design and construct a functional hydroponic and/or aeroponic garden that does not put a strain on Earth’s resources and that can be used to enrich the school cafeteria’s menu.

    Want to learn more about McNicol’s STEM program? Feel free to contact us at anytime to ask more questions! Call 754-323-3400 and ask to speak to Mrs. Lohrer.

    STEM Boundary

    The map below shows the boundaries for the STEM program at McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School. The STEM boundary is more limited than the other magnet programs. There is no academic requirement for the STEM program.

    Students attending elementary schools that are zoned for the middle schools listed below are eligible for the McNicol STEM program:

    • Gulfstream
    • Glades
    • H.D. Perry
    • McNicol
    • New Renaissance
    • Silver Trail
    • Walter C. Young