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

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Downcounty Consortium Highlights  


ATTENTION 7th Grade DCC Families

Begin Learning about the DCC HS Choice process and academy programs!  Hear from current DCC students about their experiences.  Click on the link below and enjoy the show!

DCC Spring 2020 Video

DCC High School Choice Updates 

Round 2 of the Downcounty consortia Choice process (school assignments) results are set to arrive in homes the week of March 16. Appeal information is located here: 

Optional Appeal Form  
Appeal FAQ's

The appeal deadline is April 3, 2020.  During this nationwide emergency, you may submit your appeal by email to and we will process all appeals received.  

Attention Students who attend DCC Middle Schools but live outside of the consortium

If you participated in Round 2 of the DCC choice process and would like to accept your DCC High School Round 2 assignment, please escan (take a photo and save) your completed "Notice of Intent" which was included in your Round 2 assignment letter to  

Due to the Governor of MD’s stay-at-home orders, we are unable to receive mail at this time.  We encourage you to email  your intentions to

We regret any inconvenience 

ATTENTION - Current DCC High School Students

Notification letters for current 9th, 10th and 11th grade who participated in Change of Choice to another Downcounty consortia high school for the 2020-2021 school year have been mailed and should reach homes by Friday, March 27, 2020.  



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.  Appeals can be mailed to 11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring MD 20902, faxed to 301-649-8155 or emailed to .  Please include your students name, MCPS ID number, parent/guardian signature, and phone number.  Appeals are due by Friday, April 3, 2020. 

Enroll in DCC

Do you live within the DCC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?
Contact us at 240-740-2540.


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.


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  

Application-Only Programs

Albert Einstein High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Program
  • Finance and Business 
  • Renaissance
  • Visual and Performing Arts

More about the academy programs at Einstein HS  

Application-Only Programs

John F. Kennedy High School

Academy Programs

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
  • Broadcast Journalism and Communications Academy
  • Health 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

Signature/Application-Only Programs


Northwood High School

Academy Programs

  • Technological, Environmental, and Systems 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

Wheaton High School

Academy Programs

  • Bioscience Academy (PLTW)
  • Engineering Academy (PLTW)
  • Information Technology (AOIT)
  • Global Studies (GSA) 

More about academy programs at Wheaton HS

Application-Only Programs

All About the Choice Process

The Downcounty Consortium (DCC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the five high schools in the DCC.