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
The virtual Downcounty Consortium (DCC) High School Options Fair is available beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 in English and Spanish on YouTube (English and Español). During this session, parents and students will begin to learn more about the high school choice process, and high school academy programs, and hear from current students in these programs about their experiences.
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.
English | 中文 | français | 한국어 | español | Tiếng Việt
DCC HS Options Fair- Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Recording English and Español)
Montgomery Blair HS Open House* - Monday, October 4, 2021 (Recording) (Interactive Slide Deck)
Wheaton HS Open House*- Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (Recording)
John F. Kennedy HS Open House* - Thursday, October 21, 2021
Albert Einstein HS Open House - Monday, October 25, 2021
Northwood HS Open House* - Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Links to the virtual open houses will be posted on each high school's website.
*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.
Support to complete the Choice Form can be found here: video demonstration and PowerPoint.
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 DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org with any questions. Please allow 36 hours (or less) for a response.
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 for the 2020-2021 process were due by Friday, April 9, 2021. You may submit your appeal by email to DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org and we will process all appeals received.Optional Appeal Form Appeal FAQ's
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.
More about academy programs at Blair HS MBHS Open House Video (2021)Blair Open House Presentation (2021)
More about the academy programs at Einstein HS AEHS Open House Video & Presentation - (coming soon)
More about academy programs at Kennedy HS Open House Recording - October 2021 (coming soon)
More about academy programs at Northwood HS Northwood Open House Recording - (coming soon)Northwood Academy Webpage
More about academy programs at Wheaton HS
Wheaton Open House Recording (October 2021)
The Downcounty Consortium (DCC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the five high schools in the DCC.