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Northwood Academy Programs
Montgomery College Middle College at Northwood
This program uses a bold approach based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Middle college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. The primary goal of the program is to make college a viable reality for all Northwood students. Montgomery College Middle College at Northwood gives our students the opportunity to earn a Maryland High School Diploma and college credits towards a General Studies Associate's degree with a choice of three core concentrations: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Humanities, Arts, Communication, and Language (HACL); Social Science, Administration, and Health; or an integrated combination of two cores. This Montgomery College A.A.degree is transferable to a 4-year college within the University of Maryland System.
Technology, Environmental, and Systems Sciences (TESS)
This academy explores concepts in Engineering/Computer Science/Technology and Environmental Sciences. Students who choose to join this academy select a pathway in either Technology/Engineering/Computer Science or in Environmental Sciences. All pathways address the diverse nature of each field by offering students opportunities to expand their visions and develop their abilities while choosing courses that most interest them. The Technology/Engineering/Computer Science Pathway gives students a strong background in engineering, computer programming, robotics, mathematics and physical sciences. This pathway provides opportunities for hacking competitions, coding competitions, internships, guest speakers and field trips. The Environmental Science Pathway gives students a strong background in the natural and physical sciences and environmental concerns. This pathway also provides opportunities for field studies, internships, guest speakers and field trips.
Humanities, Arts, and Media (HAM)
This academy is geared toward students interested in pursuing college and professional careers in the areas of theatre, dance, vocal music, and instrumental music. In either solo or group performances, students will produce, act, and perform in a variety of onstage productions. Course work within the academy is designed to develop the student through the dance and performing arts pathways with focus on technical production, vocal and instrumental music, dance, and dramatics. Students in all academy strands will be integrally involved in all aspects of production, giving students a solid foundation for advanced preparation within the field. The Dance Pathway gives students a strong background in multiple styles such as Jazz, Modern, Ballet and survey courses. This pathway also provides opportunities for master classes, field trips and choreographic development. The Performing Arts Pathway gives students a strong background in multiple disciplines. Students in this pathway have the opportunity to take a variety of classes in the performing arts field, such as band, chorus, dance and theatre. Students also have the opportunity to focus solely on one discipline.
Politics, Advocacy, and Law (PAL)
This academy enables students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the three branches of government, law enforcement, and civil rights. Students who choose to join this academy select a pathway in either traditional legal studies or Homeland Security. All pathways address the diverse nature of each field by offering students opportunities to expand their visions and develop their abilities while choosing courses that most interest them. The Legal Studies pathway gives students a strong background in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Law. Students learn how to research, write, and argue cases in all levels of the judicial system. Students have the opportunity to work with members of the Montgomery County Bar Association as well as state and local representatives. The Homeland Security pathway is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers or further studies in Homeland security and Emergency Preparedness. Students pursuing this pathway will learn methodologies of intelligence gathering and communication, interdependency between local, federal and international law enforcement along with many other practical specialized content. Students who complete this pathway will be given the opportunity to explore leadership and will also be armed with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume entry-level jobs in this career field.
Students interested in pursuing college and professional careers in the areas of musical theater, dance, vocal music, and instrumental music in either solo or group performance will produce, act, and perform in a variety of onstage productions. Course work within the academy is designed to focus on all aspects of musical theater production including technical production, vocal and instrumental music, dance, and dramatics. Students in all academy strands (dance, theater, vocal and instrumental music) will be integrally involved in all aspects of musical theater production, giving the students a solid foundation for advanced preparation within the field. A partnership with the University of Maryland provides opportunities for students to take college course work in their area of interest and to work with college students and professors. The scope and sequence of the academy promotes concurrent enrollment at the University of Maryland during the senior year.