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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.  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.  Letters informing parents have been mailed as of February 8, 2018.  Please allow 2-3 business days to receive the US mail.  The deadline to decline or request testing is Friday, February 16.  The form is to be returned to your child's school.
  • 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.   

CES Meeting PowerPoint Presentation  
CES Selection Committee PowerPoint

Private school parents:  Please read this document and complete and submit application form on page 2 by February 9, 2018. You will be contacted by DCCAPS with the testing information for your child. 

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 February, 2018

For Grade 5 Students

Documents and information

Who is this information for?

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

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

Updated February 16, 2018

For Grade 8 Students

Documents and information 

  • Deadline for all programs was Friday, November 3, 2017.
  • Notification letters were mailed out to applicants on or about February 2, 2018.
  • Information about Appeals

Who is this information for?

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

Updated February 6, 2018