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.  

NEC logo

Northeast Consortium Highlights  

Information for the 2022-2023 school year 

NEC Timeline

  • September 27, 2022 - NEC Parent Presentation - Livestreamed on MCPS website 
    •  English Presentation (link will go live at 6 pm on 9/27/22)
      • Cable - 34 & HD 1071 (Comcast), 36 (Verizon), 89 (RCN) - 6:00p
    •  Presentación en español (el enlace se activará a las 7 pm el 27/9/22)
      •  Cable - 33 (Comcast), 35 (Verizon), 88 (RCN) - 6:00p
  • October 12, 2022- Open House at Paint Branch HS 6:30 pm
  • October 19, 2022- Open House* at Springbrook HS 6:30 pm
  • October 26, 2022- Open House at James Hubert Blake HS 6:30 pm
  • November 4, 2022- NEC Choice for Deadline
  • Mid January  2023- Notification of results  

*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.   

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  

Information from the 2021-2022 school year 

Attention Rising 7th Grade NEC Families

Begin learning about the NEC HS Choice lottery process, academy programs and hear from current NEC students about their experiences.  Click on the link below and enjoy the show!  

NEC Spring 2022 Video

NEC Virtual Information Session Overview   

2021-2022 Fall Outreach Season - Click for detailed information in English y en Español

NEC HS Options Fair- Fall, 2021
Springbrook HS Open House - Fall, 2021 (Session RecordingSession Materials)

Paint Branch HS Open House- Fall 2021  (Session RecordingOpen House Site)
James Hubert Blake HS Open House - Fall, 2021 (Session RecordingOpen House Site)  

Links to the virtual open houses will be posted on each high school's website.    

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.  The appeals process is now closed.  The appeals process opens in March of each school year.  

Optional Appeal Form 
Appeal FAQ's

Last Update: September 13, 2022

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