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High School Programs

New information for the 2020-2021 school year is here!

Grade 8

Parents/guardians of Grade 8 Students – the High School Regional/Countywide Application results will be mailed on or about February 1, 2021.

Instructions on how to change the language in ParentVUE.   ¿Cómo cambio el idioma en ParentVUE?

FAQs (updated on 11/30/2020).  

Letter sent to families on 11/30/2020 with program updates.

*New: Current Grade 8 families who are new to MCPS since November 2020 or will be new next school (in Grade 9) year can email DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org for application information.  The deadline for the summer application is July 9, 2021.  

The application overview.

Parents and their Grade 8 student(s) were invited to attend the High School Regional/Countywide Application Program Preview Presentation (Virtual) on September 23, 2020 the recordings are here: English, Español

High School Application Programs At A Glance, Eligibility and Open House Dates for Grade 8-  2021-2022 Options (posted 9/16/20) (List by High School Cluster)    

Last updated June 14, 2021     


Grade 9-11

*NewGrade 9-11 - Upper Grades High School Regional/Countywide Application results will be mailed on or about February 1, 2021.

For those interested in indicating interest for a specific program after the Round 2 deadline of 2/19/21, understand that student’s name will go to the bottom of a waitlist for the program indicated. Invitations will be made only if space is available. Students names will remain on the waitlist through the first week of September 2021.

 Grade 10 - Round 2 application:  Grade 10

Grade 11 - Round 2 application:  Grade 11

Upper Grades HS Programs At A Glance for Eligibility and Open House Dates 2021-2022 Options (posted 10/5/20)  

Flyer for Grades 9-11.


*Updated: The Grade 9-11 Application is closed as of  November 9, 2020.  

Last updated January 28, 2020 

Application (Magnet)



Schools with this program


Application Programs - Countywide


Global Ecology House

  • Poolesville HS

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Richard Montgomery HS (Countywide)

Visual Art Center

  • Albert Einstein HS

Application Programs - Regional


Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet

  • Montgomery Blair HS
  • Poolesville HS

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • John F. Kennedy HS
  • Springbrook HS 
  • Watkins Mill HS 

Humanities House

  • Poolesville HS

Application Programs - Consortia


Biomedical Program 

  • Wheaton HS

Communication Arts Program (CAP)

  • Montgomery Blair HS

Engineering Program 

  • Wheaton HS

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

  • John F. Kennedy




Schools with this program


Downcounty Consortium (DCC)  

  • Montgomery Blair
  • Albert Einstein
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Northwood
  • Wheaton

Northeast Consortium (NEC)  

  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Springbrook High School

Local School


Schools with this program

Signature programs

  • James Hubert Blake
  • Winston Churchill
  • Clarksburg
  • Damascus
  • Gaithersburg
  • Walter Johnson
  • Magruder
  • Northwest
  • Paint Branch
  • Quince Orchard
  • Rockville
  • Seneca Valley
  • Sherwood
  • Springbrook
  • Wootton

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Note: The IB program at Richard Montgomery HS is an application (magnet) program

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Albert Einstein
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Richard Montgomery
  • Rockville
  • Seneca Valley
  • Springbrook
  • Watkins Mill

Middle Years Programme

  • Bethesda Chevy Chase
  • Richard Montgomery 
  • John F. Kennedy (IB Candidate School)
  • Springbrook
  • Watkins Mill 
  • Seneca Valley (IB Candidate School)

Regional Career-Related

Thomas Edison High School of Technology 

Career Programs:

  • Arts, Humanities, Media, & Communication
  • Biosciences, Health Sciences, & Medicine
  • Human & Consumer Services, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technologies
  • Construction & Development
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics