ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS High-Demand Career Readiness Programs Available to
Rising Grade 11 Students in 2020-2021


Expanding Access

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is expanding access to high-demand college and career programs to provide students with an early edge in preparing for life after high school. These rigorous programs provide the academic knowledge to prepare for college, and the skills and experiences to gain a competitive edge in today’s economy. These programs combine strong academics, real-world professional experiences, industry-recognized certifications and college credit, so students can design their own futures and stand out among the best. In addition to new programs available to rising Grade 9 students, some students discover their interests later in high school; a variety of programs are available to meet their interests and goals.


Programs at
Thomas Edison High School of Technology

Rising Grade 11 (current Grade 10) students can take advantage of available career programs by applying to Thomas Edison High School of Technology to attend on a part-time basis in Grades 11-12. In this model, students remain enrolled in their home school for core coursework and attend the Edison program for a portion of the day. Once enrolled, students are expected to complete the full program of study. Transportation is provided daily from the student’s home school.

Programs include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Architecture
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Healthcare Professions
  • Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts
  • Graphics Communication
  • Law Enforcement and Leadership
  • Network Operations
  • Cybersecurity Capstone
  • Cosmetology (Available to rising Grade 10 students)

To apply to programs at Thomas Edison High School of Technology (available countywide), APPLY HERE.


New Programs at
Seneca Valley High School

In addition to the programs available at Edison, selected programs at Seneca Valley High School may be available to students in the upcounty region, depending on space available. Selected programs are available for an interest application to students from the following clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard and Watkins Mill, for programs not offered in the student’s home school.

Programs include:

  • Carpentry
  • Construction Electricity
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Plumbing
  • Masonry
  • Architecture

To indicate interest in available programs at Seneca Valley High School, current Grade 10 students should submit an interest application here.


Programs at
Gaithersburg High School

Gaithersburg High School also provides additional options for students to attend specialized programs of study while remaining enrolled in a neighboring high school. Selected programs may be available to students from the following clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill, for programs not offered in the student’s home school.

Programs include:

  • Cosmetology (Available to rising Grade 10 students)
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive Collision Repair

To indicate interest in available programs at Gaithersburg, current Grade 10 students should submit an interest application here.


Visual Art Center (VAC) at
Albert Einstein High School

The Visual Art Center (VAC) offers students a broad perspective of fine arts and deepens their understanding of the opportunities for art-related careers through exposure to art history, contemporary artists and artwork. This rigorous and comprehensive program—directed toward portfolio development—enables students to realize and achieve their full potential in visual art. Most graduating students study fine arts or commercial art at a higher level. Admission to the program is through a portfolio review. To indicate interest in the Visual Art Center, current Grade 10 students should submit an interest application here.


Fire Science and Rescue
(students from all high schools are eligible to apply)

Students study fire science prevention and control and emergency medical technology while earning industry certification and/or college credit, preparing for careers in fire, rescue, emergency management and public safety. Acceptance and enrollment is on the condition that the student is eligible for the program. Transportation is available to students in the Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Rockville, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill clusters. More information can be found here. To indicate interest in the Fire Science and Rescue program, current Grade 10 students should submit an interest application here.


Early College at
Montgomery College

MCPS and Montgomery College have expanded access to the Early College program for rising Grade 11 students. The Early College program is offered at all three campuses of Montgomery College, and provides enrolled students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in a specific content area, while simultaneously completing Grades 11 and 12 as a full-time college student. Students complete all high school graduation requirements through dual-credit coursework on campus at Montgomery College. Early College application processes and timelines differ from the programs above and are based on Montgomery College application requirements. Eligible Grade 10 students have received a separate communication with application information. More information about Early College can be found here.


TIMELINE

Nov. 1, 2019 Round 1 Deadline for Thomas Edison High School of Technology and Early College
Dec. 13, 2019 Round 2 Deadline for all programs
Feb. 1, 2020 Invitations to programs sent
Feb. 21, 2020 Deadline to accept invitation to programs*

*Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until programs are filled. When applications exceed the number of available seats, a lottery will be conducted.

For additional information about these opportunities, please visit:
https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/high/