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Downcounty Consortium (DCC)

The Downcounty Consortium includes five high schools and their feeder middle and elementary schools—Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton. Each DCC high school offers distinctive academy programs designed to capture students’ interest, incorporate rigorous academic course work, explore possible career pathways, and bring real world relevance to students’ education. More about the DCC 


Contact your child's school counselor, call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) at 301-592-2040, or e-mail our staff.

Si desea información en español favor llamar al 301-592-2040.



Downcounty Consortium Highlights  

Change of Choice

For students currently in Grades 9, 10, 11 requesting a change to one of the other Downcounty Consortium (DCC) high schools for next year, the Change of Choice Request Form for school year 2015-2016 is now available here in English, and here in Spanish, and in school counseling offices. Completed forms must be signed by the parent.  Return forms to the DCCAPS office by FAX: 301-649-8155 or mail: DCCAPS, 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902 by the deadline, Friday February 13, 2015.

School changes are not guaranteed and are considered in accordance with MCPS school assignment guidelines, which can include sibling link, base school, demographic variables and space availability.  Current DCC students who submit a Change of Choice Request Form will be sent notification letters by mid-March.

High School Assignments will be mailed in late January 2015.

Information about high school registration, Round 2, and appeals is included in the letters.

Enroll in DCC

Do you live within the DCC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?
Contact us at 301-592-2040.


For additional information about the Choice process and/or the DCC, contact your child's school counselor, or call Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) office at 301-592-2040.


Blair High School

Academy Programs

  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Human Service Professions
  • International Studies & Law
  • Media, Music, and The Arts
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

More about academy programs at Blair HS  

Application-Only Programs

Albert Einstein High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Finance, Business Management and Marketing
  • Renaissance
  • Visual and Performing Arts

More about the academy programs at Einstein HS

Application-Only Programs

John F. Kennedy High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • Media Communications Academy
  • Health Careers Academy
  • Business Management Academy
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)

More about academy programs at Kennedy HS 

Application-Only Programs


Northwood High School

Academy Programs

  • Technology, Environmental, and Systems Sciences (TESS)
  • Humanities, Arts, and Media (HAM)
  • Politics, Advocacy, and Law (PAL)
  • Musical Theatre and Dance

More about academy programs at Northwood HS 

Wheaton High School

Academy Programs

  • Biosciences & Health Professions
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology (AOIT)
  • Institute for Global and Cultural Studies(IGCS)

More about academy programs at Wheaton HS 

Application-Only Programs

All About the Choice Process

The Downcounty Consortium (DCC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the five high schools in the DCC. 

  •  Milestones Program Booklet (3.76M PDF)
  •  Milestones Spanish 2013 (1.32M PDF)

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