Special Academic Programs

Application Based Programs - 4 year programs

 APPS  |  P-Tech
  • Advanced Placement Power Scholars  APPS (Gr. 9-12)
  • Pathways in Network and Information Technology P-Tech(Gr. 9 - 12/14, complete program in 4 to 6 years)

Application based programs - 2 year programs


  •  Internships: (Gr. 12 - application form):  Students explore a career of interest. 
         Contact: Sarah_L_Costlow@mcpsmd.org 

Career Pathway Programs
 Career Pathway Programs

     — Academy of Health and Biosciences :(Physical Rehabilitation or Pharmacy)
     — Fire Safety (Coming soon in 2019)
     — Computer Science
     — Engineering: Project Lead the Way
     — Network Operations (
computer maintenance, repair, security and networking)
     — Early Child Development Student Program
     — College/Career Research and Development (CCRD)

Offsite Programs:

    — Dual Enrollment: (Gr. 11 / 12) - Enroll through CHS for class(es) on Montgomery College campus. 
                                    Contact Evelyn Zapata in the counseling office. Evelyn_R_Zapata@mcspmd.org 
     — Early College Program  (apply Gr. 10, attend MC Gr.11, 12) partnership with Montgomery College Rockville Campus allowing students to complete their 11th and 12th grade years of high school while simultaneously completing their first two years of college and earning an Associates Degree:
  •  Associate of Arts in Teaching Mathematics Degree (A.A.T.) which prepares students to transfer to secondary education mathematics program at a four year college or university in Maryland.
  • or Associate of Science in Mathematics Degree (A.S.) which provides the student with the first two years of a four year curriculum, leading to a baccalaureate degree in a science-with-mathematics-related field.
      —Thomas Edison Center: Off Campus programs offered in career pathways

     —JNROTC (Gr. 11-12 ) Junior Naval ROTC at Seneca Valley HS


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APPS (Advanced Placement Power Scholars): the Clarksburg High School Signature Program

The APPS Program is designed as a four year course of study through which students follow a comprehensive curriculum combining honors level, advanced placement, and/or dual college enrollment course work. The APPS Program is college preparatory. Students accepted into the program are in a smaller learning cohort within a comprehensive High School and follow a rigorous course of study designed to challenge the highly motivated learner. The APPS Program is only available for students who live within the Clarksburg High School boundaries.

The program setting includes both homogeneously and heterogeneously grouped classes integrated within the whole school. Ninth grade students receive structured support and skill refinement through their advanced placement courses as well as through periodic meetings held at school.

The program is designed to offer students flexibility in their choice of classes as they progress though their four years of study, allowing them to pursue individual educational goals and culminates in a capstone research project.

Application window for the program opens Oct 1 and closes Dec 22 each year. More information can be found at: www.chsapps.net  

If you have questions or concerns contact Sarah Costlow APPS Program Coridinator at 301.4443557 or sarah_l_costlow@mcpsmd.org


ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success)

The ACES program is a partnership between Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. It is a selective college readiness program designed to assist students with the college application process. Using a case management approach ACES coaches work with students in the 11th and 12th grade on things such as time management and studying skills, resume writing, filling out college applications, completing financial aid paperwork and scholarships, visiting college campuses, and more.

In order to join the ACES program a student must fill out the application in their 10th grade year and submit the Parent Consent Form to the Clarksburg ACES Coach, Ms. Terre Thomas in room 247. The application can be located at www.montgomerycollege.edu/aces . If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Thomas via email at terre.a.thomas@mcpsmd.net or by phone at 240-688-1440 . The current application season is now open. All paperwork and applications must be completed and turned in by close of business, December 22, 2017.

For more information:  clarksburgaces.wixsite.com/scholars


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Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program

The new Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program is a dual enrollment program that enables participating students to earn both a MCPS high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from Montgomery College for free while in high school.  Both degrees must be completed within a maximum of six years or less.  The AAS degree will ensure that students will meet industry expectations, gain technical skills and workplace competencies as well as industry certifications.  Certifications will be earned in microcomputer technician and network administration in either Microsoft or Cisco or in wireless technologies.  Moreover, the program will afford students mentoring, internships, and a paid summer employment opportunity within the technical industry in Montgomery County.   To ensure that all participating students meet the challenges of this program, students will participate in a summer bridge program every summer including the summer before they enter grade 9, but excluding the summer of their paid work experience assignments.  Completion of this program guarantees students “first in-line” status for consideration of job opportunities with the program’s IT business partners.     

 This program is exclusively offered at Clarksburg High School, and the only entry point for this program is in ninth grade. Students attending a Clarksburg High School feeder middle school will be given preference with respect to the admissions process. However, students within the Seneca Valley, Damascus, and Watkins Mill high school districts are also eligible to apply. Eighth grade students who are interested in applying to the program must register for and successfully complete the required program pathway courses each year. This includes physical education and Foundations in Computer Science courses during grade 9.   All students who are eligible to apply to this program will receive a letter from MCPS that includes the required application link.  Letters will be mailed in early February.   

 If you any questions, please contact Melissa Kupferschmid at  melissa_kupferschmid@mcpsmd.org .

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The Internship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for a student to obtain first hand knowledge of a career or field of study. Students have an opportunity to explore and clarify personal career interests and link school to work or areas of future study. They gain valuable work experience, apply academic learning to real world situations and earn elective credit toward their high school diploma. Students must be rising seniors with a solid 2.5 GPA and good attendance.
The best internship experiences are those which the students have actively secured. This requires that each prospective intern participates in the search for a work location. It requires completing an application packet creating a resume which will be carried to the interview and given to the prospective employer.

For more information contact Ms. Sarah Costlow in room 213 or at sarah_l_costlow@mcpsmd.org


DUAL ENROLLMENT - A Montgomery College/ Montgomery County Public Schools Partnership

Advanced high school students accepted to Montgomery College (MC) are dual enrolled in college and high school providing an educational experience beyond what is available at secondary schools. Select high school juniors and seniors who meet the college’s Dual Enrollment standards may enhance their schedule with college courses work and experience the independence of college-level study while also earning college credit.
The program enables high school students to:
• Take Montgomery College courses at their high school, on campus, or online.
• Experience an actual college course taught by outstanding college professors.
• Graduate high school with college credit which may be transferrable.
• Save money on college tuition
• Accelerate college completion
• Gain additional skills needed to succeed in college.
How to apply:
Student must apply to Montgomery College, contact Ms. Evelyn Zapata or Ms. Sarah Costlow the CHS Dual Enrollment Program Assistants (DEPAs) in order to apply and obtain permission to take a dual college course. 
 Evelyn_R_Zapata@mcpsmd.org   / 301-444-3020  
 Sarah_L_Costlow@mcpsmd.org / 301.444.3557

Career Pathways:

Career Pathways are focused programs of study, that can align courses with future career goals. Most programs of study include the opportunity to earn certifications useful in the work world as well as college credit at Montgomery College and other institutes of higher learning. Those programs at CHS earning certifications are marked with an asterisk.

Science Department Pathways:

Computer Technology Education (CTE) Department Pathways:

School Initiatives:

CAP (Coyote Advisory Program)

The Coyote Advisory Program supports student-athletes academic eligibilty for sports. The program motto is “STRIVE FOR A 3.25” is supported by increasing communication between students/teachers/coaches/parents
Coaches receive grade reports for student-athletes. Those with D/E grades receive a CAP Sheet to bring to teachers/parents for support in raising low grades.

Contact Karen Taylor for more information: Karen_Taylor@mcpsmd.org

EOS (Equal Opportunity Schools)

 EOS (Equal Opportunity School): Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure students of all backgrounds have equal access to academically rigorous high school programs—and particularly that low-income students and students of color have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels.

Clarksburg High School is an EOS school.