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Middle School Magnet Consortium → Choice Process

Choice Process

Families of Grade 5 students who reside within the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) attendance area* will receive a Choice form through the mail in mid-October. Choice forms for Grade 5 students who reside outside the Consortium will be available on this website beginning in mid-October (for Round 1 of the Choice process) and early February (for Round 2 of the Choice process). The application provides parents with the opportunity to rank the Consortium middle schools in order of preference, considering their interest in the magnet programs associated with each school.

All Grade 5 students who reside in the MSMC elementary school attendance area must return their Choice form during Round 1 (November) of the Choice process to their current elementary school by the due date. Choice forms for all other Grade 5 students who live outside the MSMC attendance area, must be mailed or delivered by the due date to the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS), Spring Mill Field Office, 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902. Students who participate in the MSMC Choice process in Round 1 will be notified about their school assignment in early February. Newly interested Grade 5 and 6 students, new Grade 5 and 6 students to MCPS, and students who did not get their first choice in Round 1, may participate in Round 2 (February).  For those who participate in the Choice process during Round 2, notice of the school assignment will be mailed in late March. Once Round 2 school assignments have been made, students may appeal the school assignment by sending a letter to the director of DCCAPS asking for a change of school assignment and the reason for the request.  Requests for change of school assignment are granted only if attendance at the assigned school would constitute a hardship.

MCPS staff will provide information about the Choice process and magnet programs at the Parent Information Meetings and Open Houses in the fall. Information on courses, program components, and details of the Choice process will be provided and are available on this website.  For additional information about the Choice process, contact the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Services (DCCAPS) at 240-740-2540.

*Attendance areas for the MSMC include addresses that feed into one of the following elementary schools: Bel Pre, Brookhaven, Georgian Forest, Harmony Hills, Sargent Shriver, Strathmore, Viers Mill, Weller Road, and Wheaton Woods.

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