The Online Pathway to Graduation (OPTG) is a school-year-long program, divided into two sessions, that enables current Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students to meet some of the academic requirements for a Maryland high school diploma. OPTG courses feature required synchronous (real time, virtual) instruction delivered by content-certified, MCPS teachers, alongside robust asynchronous curriculum. OPTG students have access to a virtual support center where they can receive additional synchronous support, as well. All unit tests are proctored in the virtual support center.
OPTG students have some flexibility in the pace at which they complete their work, but will be expected to spend approximately 40 hours working asynchronously, in addition to the synchronous instructional requirement. Students will earn credit as they complete their coursework, and credits are applied to student transcripts upon course completion. 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.
MCPS students who are currently enrolled in an MCPS high school do not need to pay tuition. The cost of the program is $300 for students not enrolled in an MCPS high school.
The advantages include:
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:
* Courses that can only be taken to replace a failing grade or for grade improvement.
In addition to mandatory weekly course meetings, OPTG support centers are available, via Zoom, for students. OPTG support centers are available Monday through Thursday when MCPS has a full day of school. The Zoom link for the support meeting is shared during orientation and by OPTG teachers.
Brian Beaubien, Supervisor
or Phone: 240-740-4042
Cynthia Cunningham, Registrar
or Phone: 240-740-3945
Brian Anders, Communications Specialist/Web Producer
or Phone: 240-740-3946