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Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC)

Choose Success! The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) is made up of three schools – Argyle, Loiederman, and Parkland middle schools – each of which offers an innovative and challenging magnet curriculum. Argyle focuses on digital design and development; Loiederman offers a creative and performing arts focus; and Parkland provides students the opportunity to explore math and science through aerospace technology and robotic engineering.
Admission is based upon a Choice process open to all Montgomery County students who are currently in Grade 5.

Middle School Magnet Consortium Highlights

Information for the 2023-2024 school year

Change of Choice

Students in Grade 6 who would like to request a different MSMC middle school for the 2024-2025 school year may submit a Change of Choice request form using the link:

Change of Choice requests are due by February 9, 2024.  Notifications will be mailed home in mid-March 2024. 

MSMC 2023-2024 Timeline

  • MSMC Parent Presentation  
  • October 11, 2023- Open House at Argyle Middle School 6 pm
  • October 18, 2023- Open House at Parkland Middle School 6 pm
  • October 25, 2023- Open House at A Mario Loiederman Middle School 6 pm
  • November 3, 2023- MSMC Choice Form Deadline 
  • Mid January  2024- Notification of Round 1 results
  • February 9, 2024- MSMC Round 2 Choice Form Deadline
  • Mid March  2024- Notification of Round 2 results


  • All Grade 5 students in MCPS can apply to attend an MSMC school. 
  • In Consortium students who live in area for Brookhaven, Georgian Forest, Harmony Hills, Sargent Shriver, Strathmore, Viers Mill, Weller Road, and Wheaton Woods should connect with thier school counselor for assistance.  
  • Out of Consortium students the choice process for 2023-2024 has closed. 
    • The Round 2 deadline to submit Choices closed on February 9, 2024.
    • Families will receive notification letters for Round 2 in mid March 2024.

Enroll in MSMC

Do you live within the MSMC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in middle school? Contact us at 240-740-7800 or email    


For additional information about the Choice process and/or the MSMC, please review the MSMC Program Booklet, contact your child's school counselor, or call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS) at 240-740-7800.  

The online process for enrollment starts at the link below.  That is the first step in the process or 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.    

Thank you and welcome to MCPS!

Transportation Notes    

Transportation for out-of-Consortium is available from central stops.  It is the responsibility of the families to transport students to and from the central stops. 

Transportation for in-Consortium students is provided to those who live outside the walking distance determined by MCPS transportation.  

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.  The appeals process is now closed.  The appeals process opens in March of each school year.

Optional Appeal Form 
Appeal FAQ's



Students who choose Argyle will specialize in advanced mathematics, advanced computer science, digital design, and gaming.


Students who choose Loiederman will specialize in performing arts, communication, and humanities.


Students who choose Parkland will specialize in rigorous mathematics and science focused on the problem-solving requirements of aerospace and robotic engineering.

Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Program Booklet

The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the three schools in the MSMC.


Updated: 9/23

Points of Contact

Middle School

School      Counseling Services      Principal's Office      Magnet Coordinator
Argyle      301-460-2410      301-460-2400      301-460-2400
Loiederman      240-740-5840      240-740-5830      240-740-5830
Parkland      240-740-6820      240-740-6800      240-740-6800

Elementary School

School            Counseling Services            Principal's Office
Bel Pre            301-287-8870            301-287-8870
Brookhaven            240-740-0500            240-740-0500
Georgian Forest            240-740-0720            240-740-0720
Harmony Hills            240-740-0780            240-740-0780
Sargent Shriver            240-740-6330            240-740-6330
Strathmore            301-460-2135            301-460-2135
Viers Mill            240-740-1000            240-740-1000
Weller Road            301-287-8601            301-287-8601
Wheaton Woods            240-740-0220            240-740-0220

Main Office Numbers and Web Sites

Middle School Magnet Consortium Staff
      Main phone: 240-740-2540 

Office of Curriculum & Instructional Programs