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Admissions to MCPS Programs

A number of special programs are often available at your local school. Or you may choose to participate in a regional or countywide program. Application and admission processes vary by program. See the categories below to determine whether your program of choice has a regional or application requirement.


A competitive program with a limited number of seats, requiring students to complete an application and meet specific admissions criteria. This may include a written application or the submitting a portfolio. Some programs accept applications countywide, while others accept applications from designated regions of the county.


Students may choose one of several schools in a specific geographic area, each offering specialty courses related to a particular theme or career area. Students must submit a form identifying their school preference. While most get their first choice, it is not guaranteed.

The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) accepts choice applications from students throughout the entire county. Students who live within the MSMC boundary area are guaranteed a seat at one of the three magnet middle schools.


Each MCPS school offers a comprehensive program of instruction to challenge and meet the needs of all students. Some schools also offer special programs for students attending the school. They are called "local school" programs and are available only to students assigned to the local school.

Contact your local school for details or check out your school's website.


Available by application to students in a particular geographic region of the county. Contact individual schools for details.

Immersion Lottery

A lottery may be held to determine admission to a foreign language immersion program if requests exceed available program capacity for kindergarten or Grade 1 students. Admission for all other grades is determined by language proficiency and available space. Contact individual schools about their immersion program(s).

For more information about special programs, download Options Adobe PDF icon square, a guide to countywide programs.

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