Online Pathway to Graduation Program

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 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.

Overview

Eligible participants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Current or former MCPS high school students no longer enrolled, who have completed at least one year of high school.
  • Passed the Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) for any online HSA course needed; HSA-related OPTG courses may be taken for credit recovery only and not for original credit.
  • Have not earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Private school students and students who have never attended an MCPS high school are not eligible to participate in this program.

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:

  • Students can work at home, school, or their assigned support center.
  • Students can access academic support from teachers at their assigned support center.
  • Students can earn credits to meet high school academic credit requirements.

Meet with your counselor to discuss OPTG program requirements and eligibility. Complete the online registration form with your counselor.

You can find out more about the OPTG program by:

  • Contacting the counseling office at your current high school or at the high school you last attended.
  • Contacting the Student Online Learning office at elearning@mcpsmd.org.

Courses

English:

  • English 9 A/B, English 10 A/B*, English 11 A/B, English 12 A/B
  • Honors English 9 A/B, Honors English 10 A/B*, Honors English 11 A/B, Honors English 12 A/B

Math:

  • Algebra 1 A/B*, Algebra 2 A/B, 2Yr Algebra 2 A/B, 2Yr Algebra 2 C/D, Geometry A/B, Precalculus A/B, Quantitative Literacy A/B
  • Honors Algebra 2 A/B, Honors Geometry A/B, Honors Precalculus A/B

Science:

  • Biology A/B*, Chemistry A/B, Environmental Science A/B, Physical Science A/B, Physics A/B
  • Honors Biology A/B*, Honors Chemistry A/B, Honors Physics A/B

Social Studies:

  • Modern World History A/B, NSL Government A/B*, U.S. History A/B
  • Honors Modern World History A/B, Honors NSL Government A/B*, Honors U.S. History A/B

World Languages:

  • French 1 A/B*, Spanish 1 A/B*, Spanish 2 A/B*

* Courses that can only be taken to replace a failing grade or for the purpose of grade improvement.

Support Centers

Support center information coming soon.

Support Staff

OPTG Administrative Staff:

Brian Beaubien, Supervisor
240-740-4042

Cynthia Cunningham, Registrar
240-740-3945

FAQs

How long will it take me to finish my course(s)?

  • It depends on how much time you devote to them. Most students finish a class in 3 to 4 months by working a few days a week (some take much less time and some longer). OPTG does not follow the semester designation of MCPS; as soon as you finish a course, you will receive a grade and credit for the course.

What if I need help from my content teacher?

  • Email your teacher. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, COURSE TITLE & UNIT/ASSIGNMENT YOU ARE WORKING ON (ex., John Doe, Algebra 1A, 1.1.3).
  • Check your support center's schedule for when each of the content teachers will be there..

What do I do if I’m locked out of a quiz?

  • After two failed attempts at passing a quiz, the program locks the quiz until you contact your instructor.
  • Email your course teacher; he/she may ask you to complete additional work or come to CTI for support. The quiz is then unlocked by the instructor (which can be done remotely) so you can retake it.

When can I take a unit test?

  • You must have completed all the work for the unit prior to taking the test.
  • Monday – Thursday, 5–7 pm; your content teacher does not need to be present.

Can I take an online unit test at my school?

  • No, you must take unit tests at your support center during the hours above.

Can I come to the lab any night to work online?

  • Yes, students may complete work on site during the posted hours.

How often do I need to work online?

  • Login and work with course materials a minimum of 1 hour per week per course.
  • Complete all unit materials and attend a session at the support center to take a proctored unit test every two weeks (per course).
  • Students who do not meet these requirements will be moved from active status to waitlist. As active students complete courses and additional seats in the program open, waitlist students will be given the option to move back into active status.

What about snow days?

  • Inclement weather policies for MCPS will be followed. If schools have early dismissal or cancellation, the support centers are NOT open; if MCPS cancels afternoon/evening activities, the support centers are NOT open.

What if I have a question that was not addressed here?

  • Contact the Student Online Learning or by phone at 240-740-3950.
  • For specific content questions, email your OPTG teacher.