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The Online Pathway to Graduation (OPTG) is a school-year-long program that enables current and former Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students who have completed at least one year of high school to meet some of the academic requirements for a Maryland high school diploma. OPTG instruction is delivered in online format. In addition, a teacher is present in a centrally located support center who monitors participant progress and facilitates individual instruction when needed. All diagnostic and unit tests will be proctored at one of the support centers.
Participants progress through their courses, completing assignments and taking assessments to demonstrate mastery of course objectives. As participants successfully complete each course, credit is awarded, thus progressing the participant toward the goal of earning a high school diploma. Participants are responsible for completing all Maryland and MCPS graduation requirements, including High School Assessments and student service learning requirements.
Eligible participants must meet all of the following requirements:
Private school students and students who have never attended an MCPS high school are not eligible to participate in this program.
Participants access their classes online from any location with an internet connection.
Once registered, participants attend a mandatory orientation session to receive access information and review online course expectations.
Support sessions are available at three locations:
Note: Each student in OPTG is assigned to only one support center.
The cost of the program is $300 for students not enrolled in an MCPS high school. MCPS students who are currently enrolled in an MCPS high school do not need to pay tuition.
The advantages include:
Complete the online registration form with your counselor.
You can find out more about the OPTG program by:
Login to APEX Learning
* For participants who have taken the Maryland HSA; for credit-recovery only
Support sessions will be offered at three locations:
Testing sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday (when regular school is in session), 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Northwest High School is located on Richter Farm Road near Great Seneca Highway in Germantown.
Gaithersburg High School is located on Education Boulevard near Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.
Albert Einstein High School is located on Newport Mill Road in Kensington.
Natasha Ezerski, Site CoordinatorNorthwest High School
Joseph Fanning, Site CoordinatorNorthwest High School
Patricia Bronson, Site CoordinatorGaithersburg High School
Rashemah Stridiron, Site CoordinatorAlbert Einstein High School
Brian Beaubien, Supervisor240-453-2470
is a program for students seeking to accelerate their learning or to pursue credit recovery options by taking courses that follow a blended model of online and face-to-face instruction.