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Downcounty Consortium (Consortium du Downcounty)(DCC)

Le Consortium du Downcounty inclut cinq lycées et leurs collèges et écoles élémentaires fournissant des élèves aux lycées—Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, et Wheaton. Chaque lycée du DCC offre des programmes académiques distinctifs conçus pour capturer l'intérêt des élèves, incorporer le travail de cours académiques rigoureux, explorer des voies de carrières possibles et apporter la pertinence du monde réel à l'éducation des élèves. Chaque automne, les élèves actuels du Grade 8 qui vivent dans le secteur de la frontière géographique du DCC participeront au processus de Choice(Choix) de lycée. Les occasions sont disponibles pour les parents et les élèves pour en apprendre plus sur le processus de Choice(Choix) et examiner les offres d'académie uniques dans le DCC.

Downcounty Consortium Highlights  

DCC High School Options Fair Virtual Information Sessions

The DCC High School Virtual Information Session for grade 8 students and families:

Thursday, September 24, 2020 (the session recordings are below)

The presentation will also be available on the following Cable channels at dates and time listed above.


  • English: 34 (Comcast), 36 (Verizon), 89 (RCN)
  • Spanish: 33 (Comcast), 35 (Verizon), 88 (RCN) 


DCC High School Open House Dates:

All Open Houses will be virtual.  More information can be found on the website for the school closer to or on the dates listed above.  

Attention Current 8th Grade DCC Families

DCC Choice forms are due by Friday, November 6, 2020.  Current MCPS students who reside within the DCC will be mailed directions and the link to submit the Choice form mid-October 2020.  

Enroll in DCC

Do you live within the DCC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?

The online process for enrollment starts at the link below.  That is the first step in the process of registering and enrolling your student into MCPS. Once complete, you will be directed to our team to complete the Choice process and be assigned a school.  

Please email with any questions.  Please allow 36 hours (or less) for a response. 

Appeal Information

An appeal process is in place for those who may have a unique and verifiable hardship or unforeseen circumstances that could warrant override the school assignment process.  To appeal, you must submit a letter explaining the reason for the request to the director of DCCAPS.  Please include your students name, MCPS ID number, parent/guardian signature, and phone number.  Appeals are due by Friday, April 3, 2020. During this nationwide emergency, you may submit your appeal by email to and we will process all appeals received.
Optional Appeal Form  
Appeal FAQ's


For additional information about the Choice process and/or the DCC, contact your child's school counselor, or call Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) office at 240-740-2540 or email  

Blair High School

Academy Programs

  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management
  • Human Service Professions
  • International Studies & Law
  • Media, Music, and The Arts
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

More about academy programs at Blair HS  

Application-Only Programs

Albert Einstein High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Academy & Diploma Program
  • Academy of Finance, Careers & Technology  
  • Renaissance Academy for College Readiness 
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Teacher Academy of Maryland 

More about the academy programs at Einstein HS  

Application-Only Programs

John F. Kennedy High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • Broadcast Journalism and Communications Academy
  • Health Care Professions Academy
  • Business Administration and Management Academy
  • Teacher Academy of Maryland 
  • Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)

More about academy programs at Kennedy HS

Signature Application-Only Programs

Regional Application-Only Programs


Northwood High School

Academy Programs

  • Technological, Environmental, and System Sciences (TESS)
  • Humanities, Arts, and Media (HAM)
  • Politics, Advocacy, and Law (PAL)
  • Music, Theatre and Dance (AMTAD)
  • Montgomery College Middle College  
  • Finance, Accounting, Marketing and Education (FAME)

More about academy programs at Northwood HS

Application Program (interest based)


Wheaton High School

Academy Programs

  • Bioscience Academy (PLTW)
  • Engineering Academy (PLTW)
  • Information Technology (AOIT)
  • Global Studies (GSA) 

More about academy programs at Wheaton HS

Application-Only Programs

Application Programs Open to DCC Students

Special Programs Open to ALL MCPS Students

Regional and Countywide Programs At-A-Glance (eligibility is based on home/assigned high school)

  •  Programs At-A-Glance (this document is being updated regularly please refer back for updated information)

All About the Lottery Choice Process

The Downcounty Consortium (DCC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the five high schools in the DCC.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Contact MCPS

Call: 301-309-6277 | Spanish Hotline: 301-230-3073

Contact Employee & Retiree Services Center

Call: 301-517-8100 | E-mail:

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