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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 and Round 2

Notification letters with the results of the Change of Choice process and the Round 2 lottery process have been mailed.

May High School Options Information meeting for Grade 7 Families

Thank you for attending the meeting on May 18 at Albert Einstein High School.  Please view the Notes Handout

View the presentation here: DCC High School Options 

Agradecemos su presencia a la reunion el 18 de mayo por la noche, puede veria aqui: Opciones de secuelas secundarias 

Appeals - Deadline was Friday, April 2, 2015

The deadline to submit an appeal was April 2.  If you feel that you have a compelling reason to submit an appeal, mail or deliver it to: 

The Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS)

11721 Kemp Mill Road

Silver Spring, Maryland 20902


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and optional appeal form 

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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