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


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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Northeast Consortium Highlights  

ATTENTION 7th Grade NEC Families!

Begin learning about the NEC HS Choice process and Signature programs!  Hear from current NEC students about their experiences.  Click on the link below and enjoy the show!

NEC High School Choice Updates 

Round 2 of the Northeast 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. 

Current NEC High School Students 

Notification letters for current 9th, 10th and 11th grade who participated in Change of Choice to another Northeast 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 NEC

Do you live within the NEC 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 NEC, contact your child's school counselor, or call Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) office at 240-740-2540.

Blake HS

Signature Programs

  • Arts and Communication
  • Humanities and Public Service

More about programs at Blake HS 

Paint Branch HS

Signature Programs

  • Academy of Science
  • Academy of Media

More about programs at Paint Branch HS

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

All About the Choice Process

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