Career and Postsecondary Partnerships → Dual Enrollment → Middle College Programs
Virtual Middle College (VMC) is a joint MC and Montgomery
County Public Schools (MCPS) academic initiative that allows qualified MCPS
high school students the opportunity to enroll at Montgomery College, taking
college credit courses to earn their high school diploma, while also earning a
college degree through an online/virtual college experience. Students
from all MCPS high schools may participate in the Virtual Middle College
Program, while still enrolled at their home MCPS high school. The college credits are earned through a combination of
courses including online MC courses and MCPS Advanced Placement courses and
corresponding AP exam scores. Students are supported through a
progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to
online/virtual college courses.
Students are provided with dedicated college-readiness
support including preparation for required college course assessment and
placement. Beginning in grade 9 students will participate in pre-college
activities and workshops as they matriculate through a designated Virtual
Middle College pathway towards the online Associate’s degree and high school
The Virtual Middle College offers students the opportunity
to earn a degree in Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice,
Cybersecurity, Information Sciences and Systems, Early Childhood Education
Technology, General Studies (Social Science, Administration, and Health;
Humanities, Art, Communication, and Languages; or Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics), and Information Sciences and Systems.
More information on the degree pathways can be found HERE.
In order to participate in Virtual Middle College, students
must be able to satisfy the following requirements:
**Information about applying to the Virtual Middle College
program for the next available year will be sent mid-October via the MCPS
ParentVue Portal. All interest forms must be completed by November 5,
Information on the application process, tuition, fees, and
financial assistance can be found HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions for Middle College Program at Northwest and Northwood
The Montgomery College Middle College (MC2) program at Northwest and Northwood high schools is a dual enrollment program that prepare students to earn a High School Diploma and college credits towards an Associate’s degree.
The college credits are earned through a combination of courses including Advanced Placement courses and corresponding test scores, CLEP examinations, and/or MC courses. Students are supported through a progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to a college-like experience on the high school campus, and finally to full college coursework and experience on the college campus.
During this transition, students are provided with dedicated college preparation including preparation for the college placement and admission assessments. Students will matriculate through a pathway towards the Associate’s degree beginning in grade 9. The associate’s degree earned from each program is listed below along with the link to the schools contact or web page for additional information:
This program is open to current Grade 8 students who reside in one of the following high school clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill. For students within the Northwest High School attendance area, there is no cap on the number of seats available. The interest form should be completed and will serve as an indication of program interest; it will be considered for pre-placement purposes only. For students who live outside of the Northwest High School attendance area, there are currently 32 seats available. If there are more requests than the 32 seats available, a lottery will be conducted.
Limited Transportation is available to students who reside within the Northwest attendance area outside the walking distance as deemed by MCPS Transportation. For more information about transportation provided for this program please refer to page 36 of the MCPS OPTIONS Booklet at: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/enrichedinnovative/options/
Northwest High School MC2 2018 Graduates
Northwest HS Engineering Pathway SAMPLE
General Studies at Northwest High School
Northwest HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
Admission to this program is competitive. To be eligible for the program, students must be in Grade 8. A lottery is conducted for enrollment. This program is open to students who reside in one of the following high school clusters: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Churchill, Downcounty Consortium, Northeast Consortium, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, or Wootton.
General Studies at Northwood High School
Northwood High School MC2 2018 Graduates
Northwood HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
The Middle College Program at Clarksburg High School focuses on Pathways to Network and Information Technology (P-TECH). Admission to this program is competitive. To be eligible for the program, students must be in Grade 8. A lottery is conducted for enrollment.
This program is open to students who reside in one of the following high school clusters Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, or Watkins Mill. For more information, please see Cloud Computing and Network Technology at Clarksburg High School.