Northeast Consortium (NEC)

The Northeast Consortium serves students in the "base areas" of Blake, Paint Branch, and Springbrook high schools. Each campus offers a comprehensive high school curriculum plus a distinctive 'Signature Program.' More about the NEC


Review the NEC process frequently asked questions.

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.  

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Northeast Consortium Highlights  

NEC Timeline

Round 1 Choice forms were due on November 4, 2022.  Round 1 school assignment letters were mailed home in mid-January 2023.  For students who did not receive their first Choice, you may resubmit original choices into round 2 of the lottery process.  Please see the school assignment letter for directions.  Round 2 resubmit forms were due by February 10, 2023.

Newly Round 2 lottery results will be mailed home by the end of March 2023.  

Change of Choice

Students in Grade 9, 10 and 11 who would like to request a different NEC high school for the 2023-2024 school year may submit a Change of Choice request.  Change of Choice requests were due by February 10, 2023.  Notifications will be mailed home in mid-March 2023. 

Change of Choice FAQ's  

Enroll in NEC

Do you live within the NEC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?

The online process for enrollment starts at the link below.  This is the first step in the process of registering and enrolling your student into MCPS.

Please email or call our office at 240-740-2540 if you prefer to schedule an in-person enrollment.    


For additional information about the Choice process and/or the NEC, contact your child's school counselor, or call Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) office at 240-740-2540 or email  

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 for the 2023-2024 school year are due by April 14, 2023.  

Optional Appeal Form 
Appeal FAQ's

Last Update: March 14, 2023

Blake HS

Signature Programs

  • Arts and Communication
  • Humanities and Public Service

More about programs at Blake HS 
 Open House Recording  (October 2021)

Open House Site

Paint Branch HS

Signature Programs

  • Academy of Science
  • Academy of Media

More about programs at Paint Branch HS 
Paint Branch HS Open House Recording - October 2020

Springbrook HS

Signature Programs

  • Academy of Information Technology
  • Academy of Engineering (PLTW) 
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) 

More about programs at Springbrook HS

Regional Application-Only Programs

Application Programs Open to NEC Students

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 Northeast Consortium (NEC) Program Booklet has general and specific information about the three schools in the NEC.

Signatures Program Booklet  

Signatures Booklet in Spanish