Downcounty Consortium (DCC)

The Downcounty Consortium includes five high schools and their feeder middle and elementary schools—Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton. Each DCC high school offers distinctive academy programs designed to capture students’ interest, incorporate rigorous academic course work, explore possible career pathways, and bring real world relevance to students’ education. More about the DCC  


Contact your student's school counselor, call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) at 240-740-2540, or via e-mail.  

Si desea información en español favor llamar al (240) 740-2540.



Downcounty Consortium Highlights

Information for the 2022-2023 school year 

DCC Timeline

  • September 28, 2022 - DCC Parent Presentation - Livestreamed on MCPS website 
    • English Presentation (link will go live at 6 pm on 9/28/22)
      • Cable - 34 & HD 1071 (Comcast), 36 (Verizon), 89 (RCN) - 6:00p  
    • Presentación en español (el enlace se activará a las 7 pm 28/9/22)
      • Cable - 33 (Comcast), 35 (Verizon), 88 (RCN) - 6:00p   
  • October 3, 2022- Open House* at Montgomery Blair HS 6:30 pm
  • October 6, 2022- Open House* at Wheaton HS 6:30 pm
  • October 13, 2022- Open House* at John F. Kennedy HS 6:30 pm
  • October 20, 2022- Open House* at Northwood HS 7 pm
    • MC2* Open House at 6pm   
  • October 27, 2022- Open House* at Albert Einstein HS 6:30 pm
    • Visual Arts Center* (VAC) at 6 pm 
  • November 4, 2022- DCC Choice for Deadline
  • Mid January  2023- Notification of results
*Application programs hosted at these schools will be offering a separate presentation.  See MCPS Special Programs website for details under Programs-At-A-Glance for dates and times.    

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. 


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  

Information from the 2021-2022 school year

2021-2022 Fall Outreach Season -Click for detailed information in English y en Español

DCC HS Options Fair- (Recording English  and  Español)

    Montgomery Blair HS - Open House Recording (Interactive Slide Deck)
    Wheaton HS - Open House Recording
    John F. Kennedy HS - Open House Recording (Resources)
    Albert Einstein HS - Open House Recording (Interactive Slide Deck) (Links to Recordings)
    Northwood HS -Open House Recording) (MC2 Program Information Video)

*Application programs hosted at these schools will be offering a separate presentation. See MCPS Special Programs website for details under Programs-At-A-Glance for dates and times. Visit  in October to learn more. 

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  

Last Update: September 13, 2022

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  
MBHS Open House Video (2021)
Blair Open House Presentation (2021)

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  
AEHS Open House Video & Presentation - (Interactive Slide Deck)  (Links to Recordings)


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 
Open House Recording - October 2021 (Recording) (Resources

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 
Northwood Open House Recording - (Open House Recording)
Northwood Academy Webpage

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

Wheaton Open House Recording  (October 2021)

Application-Only Programs

Application Programs Open to DCC Students

A Sneak Peak of Special Programs Available to Gr 8 students attending a DCC MS: Click Here

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.