Magnet Program 

A Welcome from Our Principal, Ms. Megan McLaughlin

Welcome to A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, home of the Lions! Since opening our doors in September 2005, we've proudly offered Montgomery County's only whole-school, arts-focused magnet program. This unique initiative provides students with a blend of accelerated MCPS core curriculum alongside specialized elective arts courses within a public school setting. Academic immersion in the fine arts is not only part of our school's curriculum, but also an essential component of every student's educational experience. Our goal is for all students to appreciate and promote the arts with pride. Here at Loiederman, we truly believe that every student is an artist.


LMS will be a safe, collaborative, and rigorous learning environment. Every student will be empowered by their individual strengths and interests. Diverse students will reach their academic and personal potential, and families will be supported in navigating toward their students' futures. We welcome ALL of our students, staff, and community into a healthy, secure, and supportive school.


Our vision is to create an inclusive community where students will be inspired to achieve their goals for high school, college, or careers through human connection and participation in the arts. All students, regardless of background, will be able to have their needs met while being appropriately challenged.  All students can gain the knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of self and others to achieve personal fulfillment and success.

If you like...

  • Challenging courses in accelerated English, math, social studies, and Spanish?
  • Singing, dancing, acting, speaking, reciting, or playing an instrument?
  • Drawing, painting, or sculpting?
  • Learning through movement?
  • Discovering how the arts, history, and literature connect the human experience?
  • Working behind the scenes at professional or student performances?
  • Learning from teachers who are artists and artists who are teachers?

...then A. Mario Loiederman Magnet Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts may be the place for you.

A. Mario Loiederman Magnet Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts is part of the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC). Students residing within the MSMC boundaries do not have a designated base middle school. Instead, they are placed in one of three magnet middle schools—Argyle, A. Mario Loiederman, or Parkland—through a lottery-based assignment process known as the Choice process. During this process, students and their parents rank their preferred middle school options. For more information about the magnet programs offered at each of the three MSMC schools and details about the Choice process, please visit the MSMC website.

Parents of students from Montgomery County who live outside the MSMC area can obtain a Choice form from any MCPS elementary school, the Middle School Magnet Consortium website, or by contacting the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS) at 301-592-2040.