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Elementary School Programs by School

The admissions process for the Centers for Enriched Studies will open in second semester.  The admissions process uses multiple criteria and begins with the universal review of each Grade 3 student. Parents and their Grade 3 student will receive information and admission information directly in January 2021.  Parents are encouraged to learn more about the enriched and accelerated opportunities at your local elementary school. 

The Grade 3 universal review process and lottery for Centers for Enriched Studies will be conducted in late March 2021 with parents receiving their student’s personalized results via U.S.P.S. the week of April 19, 2021, letters have been mailed.  

CES  FAQ  for the 2020-2021 School Year

2020-2021 CES Parent/Guardian   Letter   ( Carta en español ) 

Winter 2021 Information for Private and Homeschool Students ( information ) 

Recording of the January 13, 2021 Parent Meeting: English and español 

Last Updated: July 12, 2021

Program   Schools with this program  

Elementary Centers for Enriched Studies

CES FAQ for the 2020-2021 School Year

2020-2021 CES Parent/Guardian Letter  (Carta en español)

New: Summer 2021 Application (for students who were not enrolled at the time of admission)   

Winter 2021 Information for Private and Homeschool Students (information)

The CES Parent Presentation will be live on the MCPS Website on, January 13, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. (English), 7:00 p.m. (Spanish)   


Centers for Enriched Studies

Regional Centers:
  • Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School
  • Chevy Chase Elementary School
  • Clearspring Elementary School
  • Cold Spring Elementary School
  • Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School
  • Fox Chapel Elementary School
  • Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
  • Pine Crest Elementary School
  • Oak View Elementary School

Local School Programs:

  • Rachel Carson Elementary School
  • Piney Branch Elementary School
  • Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School
  • Stonegate Elementary School

Foreign Language Immersion Programs (regional programs)


Chinese Immersion

  • Bayard Rustin Elementary School
  • Potomac Elementary School

French Immersion

  • Maryvale Elementary School
  • Sligo Creek Elementary School

Spanish Immersion

  • Burnt Mills Elementary School
  • Rock Creek Forest Elementary School
  • William Tyler Page Elementary School

Two-Way Language Immersion (local school programs only)


Two-Way Language Immersion

  • Brown Station Elementary School
  • Kemp Mill Elementary School
  • Oakland Terrace Elementary School (2018-19)
  • Rolling Terrace Elementary School (2018-19)
  • Washington Grove Elementary School

Other Special Programs (local school programs only)


Primary Years Programme (PYP)

  • College Gardens ES