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

Questions?

Contact your child'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  

Attention Current 8th Grade DCC Families

Round 1 Choice forms were due by Friday, November 6, 2020 for students who reside within the DCC.  The round 1 Choice form window is now closed.  

Assignment letters for students who participated in Round 1 will be mailed in late January 2021.  

For students who attend a DCC middle school but reside outside of the DCC boundary area, parent/guardians will be mailed directions regarding how to participate in Round 2 of the Choice process in late January 2021.  

DCC High School Options Fair Virtual Information Sessions

The DCC High School Virtual Information Session for grade 8 students and families was Thursday, September 24, 2020 (the session recordings are below).

DCC High School Open House Recordings 

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

Information regarding the High School Regional/Countywide Applications for current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th, grade students can be found on the Special Programs webpage https://www.montgomeryschoosmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/high

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.    

https://bit.ly/MCPS_Registration_Survey  

Please email DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org with any questions.  Please allow 36 hours (or less) for a response. 

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.  Appeals are due by Friday, April 3, 2020. During this nationwide emergency, you may submit your appeal by email to DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org and we will process all appeals received.
Optional Appeal Form  
Appeal FAQ's

Questions?

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 DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org.  

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  
MBHSOpen House Video
BlairOpen House Presentation

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 - October 2020

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 2020
Open House Podcast  

Signature Application-Only Programs

Regional Application-Only Programs

 

 

Northwood High School

Academy Programs

More about academy programs at Northwood HS 
Northwood Open House Recording - October 2020
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 2020)

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.