Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) operates six secondary alternative school programs for middle and high school students who are unsuccessful in their home schools for a variety of reasons. All alternative education programs provide positive and effective educational supports and services that address the academic, social, emotional and physical health of adolescents.
Watch a video about Alternative Education
Blair G. Ewing Center
14501 Avery Road
Rockville. MD 20853
Principal: Dr. Ira K. Thomas
Staff e-mails and phone numbers
Middle School program serves students grades 6-8 who have been involved in a serious disciplinary action that warranted a recommendation for expulsion. Students are referred by the Chief Operating Officer's office in lieu of expulsion.
45-Day Interim Placement Program
Managed by the Randolph Academy resource teacher, is for Special Education students in both middle and high school. Students are placed in the program as a result of their involvement with controlled substances, serious bodily injury, and/or weapons. Students remain enrolled in their home schools, and the home schools provide daily assignments and assessments.
Glenmont Alternative Middle School
Middle School program serves middle school students in lower Montgomery County, grades 6-8, who are not achieving at their potential for a wide variety of reasons, usually including behavior and/or attendance problems.
Middle School program serves middle school students in upper Montgomery County, grades 6-8, who are not achieving at their potential for a wide variety of reasons, usually including behavior and/or attendance problems.
High School Alternative Program is operated for high school students, grades 9-12, who are not achieving at their potential for a wide variety of reasons, usually including behavior and/or attendance problems.
The high school alternative programs for students who
are placed through the Chief Operating Officer in lieu
Referral & Transition Processes
When a school Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) team identifies a student in need of additional alternative education supports beyond the home school Level 1 program, they should conduct a meeting to determine whether or not the student could benefit from a Alternative Level 2 Program
Alternative Programs (AP) offers a unique collaborative service to assist home schools with returning students which is facilitated by the Alternative Program Transition Teacher.