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Application Programs: News, Forms, and Deadlines

Some competitive programs with a limited number of seats require that students complete an application and meet specific admissions criteria. This may include a written application or the submission of additional materials such as a portfolio.  Some programs accept applications countywide, while others accept applications from designated regions of the county. They are called “application programs.”

For specific information, click on the tab below with the current grade level of your child. 

For Grade 3 Students

Documents and information  

During the 2017-2018 school year, all Grade 3 students will be centrally reviewed for potential candidacy for the CES rather than parents submitting an application.  MCPS offers both regional and local programs.  All Grade 3 students will be considered for a regional CES program, which is based on their address, unless they attend a school that houses a local program.  A parent information meeting will be offered in November and January and the central review process will occur after second marking period.
  • Elementary schools that currently house a regional program include Lucy V. Barnsley, Chevy Chase, Clearspring, Cold Spring, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Fox Chapel, and Pine Crest/Oak View.

  • Elementary schools that currently house a local program include:  Rachel Carson, Piney Branch, Spark Matsunaga, and Stonegate.   

Information Meeting Dates

Private school parents:  Please read this document and complete and submit application form on page 2 by February 9, 2018

Who is this information for?

    The documents and information listed are for Grade 3 students considering the Center for Enriched Studies.

  • About the Center for Enriched Studies

Have additional questions?

For additional information, contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services at 240-740-2540.

Updated November 17, 2017 

For Grade 5 Students

Middle School Magnet Program and Admissions Information

Roberto Clemente Middle School Programs:

  • Information Meeting:  October 12, 7 pm at Roberto Clemente Middle School
  • Application forms & sample test questions for current Grade 5 students eligible for programs at Roberto Clemente Middle School (high school clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill
  • Timeline and FAQs
  • Magnet test date is January 6, 2018 at Clemente MS
  • Due date for application is November 3, 2017

Eastern and Takoma Park Middle Schools Programs:

  • Information Meeting VIDEO and PowerPoint presentation (from October 12, 7:30 p.m., Montgomery Blair High School Auditorium)
  • BOE was updated that both Eastern and Takoma Park MS will be part of a middle school magnet field test*
  • Current MCPS Grade 5 students who are part of these schools admission feeder* will be centrally reviewed -- NO application necessary
  • Timeline and FAQs
  • Magnet test will be in early January.  More information will be available around mid-October.
  • Parents of these MCPS Grade 5 families* will receive a letter with details of the process in October

Private school parents:  Please read this document and complete application form on page 2 by December 1, 2017.

*Elementary schools in the following high school clusters are part of the field test: Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Winston Churchill, Downcounty Consortium, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Northeast Consortium, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman and Thomas Wootton High Schools

Who is this information for?

The documents and information listed are for Grade 5 students considering these programs

More information: Contact Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services, at 240-740-2540.

Updated November 17, 2017

For Grade 8 Students

Documents and information 

Who is this information for?

The documents and information listed are for Grade 8 students applying to these programs

More information: Contact Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services, at 240-740-2540.

Updated November 7, 2017

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