Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC)

Choose Success! The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) is made up of three schools – Argyle, Loiederman, and Parkland middle schools – each of which offers an innovative and challenging magnet curriculum. Argyle focuses on digital design and development; Loiederman offers a creative and performing arts focus; and Parkland provides students the opportunity to explore math and science through aerospace technology and robotic engineering.
Admission is based upon a Choice process open to all Montgomery County students who are currently in Grade 5.

Middle School Magnet Consortium Highlights

Welcome to the MSMC 2019-2020 Choice Process!

MSMC Choice Process:

Summer 2019  

If vacancies occur in MSMC schools over the summer, an additional lottery may be run.  If you wish to add your name to the MSMC lottery please print and submit a Choice Form.  

To submit a Choice Form, fax, mail or deliver it to:
The Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS)
11721 Kemp Mill road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902 

FAX: 301-649-8155

Spring 2019

Overview MSMC Choice Process for the Families of Grade 4 Students:  Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the auditorium of Albert Einstein High School.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 evening video presentation.  

Winter 2019

MSMC Round 1 assignment letters have been mailed home to current Grade 5 students who participated in the MSMC Choice Process.

Round 2

Round 2 is now closed. 

Round 2 assignment letters will be mailed home to current Grade 5 students who participated in the MSMC Choice Process around March 15, 2019. 


Appeals requests are due by Friday, April 6, 2019.  Click here for the Appeals FAQ.

If you feel that you have a verifiable unique hardship to submit an appeal, fax, mail or deliver it to:
The Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS)
11721 Kemp Mill road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902

FAX: 301-649-8155

Enroll in MSMC   

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


For additional information about the Choice process and/or the MSMC, please review the MSMC Program Booklet, contact your child's school counselor, or call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS) at 240-740-2540.  To view the video of the information session presented on September 25, 2018, click here.    

Transportation Note  

Transportation for out-of-Consortium students is the responsibility of the parent(s). Transportation for in-Consortium students is provided to those who live outside the walking distance determined by MCPS transportation.  


Fall 2018

IN-Consortium* MCPS students: For those that have one of these schools as their home school Brookhaven, Georgian Forest, Harmony Hills, Sargent Shriver, Strathmore, Viers Mill , Weller Road, or Wheaton Woods 

 Those grade 5 students who currently attend one of these 8 schools will receive a personalized Choice form from their teacher by Monday, October 15, 2018 and must return to their teacher by November 2, 2018.

OUT-of-Consortium MCPS Students:  Students who live OUTSIDE the MSMC area* can log in to their MCPS Google account and then proceed to bit.ly/choiceMSMC (case sensitive) or this form, and with their parents, complete and submit their Choices.  A smart phone or computer can be used as long as the student logs into their MCPS Google account first.  This form is now available.  Due date is November 2, 2018.  

Private School and Home-Schooled Students: Eligible students must live in Montgomery County.  Parents must acquire an MCPS ID at their local elementary school.  Contact your local school to learn what documents are required.  Once you have an MCPS ID, please use this link to access an online Choice form.  

Open Houses

Open houses will be held at each MSMC middle school in October.  Open houses highlight the features of each school, beginning at 6:00 p.m., with a welcome and overview by the principal and other staff members. 

A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 

Parkland Middle School, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 

Argyle Middle School, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 


 Updated June 4, 2019


Students who choose Argyle will specialize in advanced mathematics, advanced computer science, digital design, and gaming.


Students who choose Loiederman will specilaize in performing arts, communication, and humanities.


Students who choose Parkland will specialize in rigorous mathematics and science focused on the problem-solving requirements of aerospace and robotic engineering.

Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Program Booklet

The Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the three schools in the MSMC.

Points of Contact

Middle School

School      Counseling Services      Principal's Office      Magnet Coordinator
Argyle      301-460-2410      301-460-2400      301-460-2400
Loiederman      301-929-6909      301-929-2282      301-929-2282
Parkland      301-438-5800      301-438-5700      301-438-5700

Elementary School

School      Counseling Services      Principal's Office
Bel Pre      301-460-2145      301-460-2145
Brookhaven      240-740-0500      240-740-0500
Georgian Forest      240-740-0720      240-740-0720
Harmony Hills      240-740-0780      240-740-0780
Sargent Shriver      301-929-4426      301-929-4426
Strathmore      301-460-2135      301-460-2135
Viers Mill      240-740-1000      240-740-1000
Weller Road      301-287-8601      301-287-8601
Wheaton Woods      301-929-2018      301-929-2018

Main Office Numbers and Web Sites

Middle School Magnet Consortium Staff
      Main phone: 240-740-2540 

Office of School Performance (Community Superintendents)

Office of Curriculum & Instructional Programs