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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 Choice Updates 

School assignment letters for current 8th grade students who live within the DCC boundary area were mailed during the second week of January 2020.  

Students who reside outside the DCC attendance area but attend a DCC middle school will be mailed instructions on how to participate in Round 2 at the end of January 2020.  Round 2 Choice forms must be submitted by Friday, February 14, 2020.  

Students who participated in the Round 1 lottery and were not assigned to their first choice, have the option of resubmitting their original choices into the Round 2 lottery.  In order to access the resubmit form, students should be logged on to their school Google account and enter the URL found in the school assignment letter.  The assignment will either remain the same or go to a higher ranked school on their choice form.  Results of the Round 2 lottery will be mailed out in mid-March.

ATTENTION - Current DCC High School Students

Current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in requesting a Change of Choice to another Downcounty consortia high school may complete the Change of Choice form.  Forms need to be submitted to the DCCAPS office by Friday, February 14, 2020.  For question please refer to the FAQ.



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.  Appeals can be mailed to 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring MD 20902 or faxed to 301-649-8155.  Please include your students name, MCPS ID number, parent/guardian signature, and phone number.  Appeals are due by Friday, April 3, 2020.  Please review the Appeal Information Letter and Optional Appeal Form.  

Enroll in DCC

Do you live within the DCC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?
Contact us at 240-740-2540.


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.


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 Program
  • Finance and Business 
  • Renaissance
  • Visual and Performing Arts

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 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


Northwood High School

Academy Programs

  • Technological, Environmental, and Systems 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

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

All About the Choice Process

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

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