Montgomery College Middle College
Middle College Spring Newsletter
Find out what is happening with all five of the current cohorts of MC2 students by reading the Middle College Spring ’19 Newsletter! Plan to advocate for the Northwood Middle College program at the upcoming Educational Forum at Montgomery College March 27th. See the newsletter for details.
Montgomery College Middle College MC2 at Northwood Presentation
For details on the Montgomery College Middle College MC2 program at Northwood, including a breakdown of courses students are to take each year with links to details about those courses see:
The DCC Choice process is a high school assignment process for DCC Grade 8 students. DCC residents are assigned during Round 1 and transfers-in during Round 2. The MC2 program is an application (optional) program available to students assigned to Northwood HS. This program is located at Northwood HS and has been available to Northwood HS students since 2014. New for 2019–2020 school year, there are 32 seats available for interested out of DCC area students.
The Choice lottery and MC2 lottery are separate processes. The due date is the same for both, and the Choice school assignment lottery would be run first to assign students to a DCC high school. DCC students participating in the Choice process should make Northwood their first choice to optimize their chances of being assigned to Northwood HS.
Please note: All DCC students interested in MC2 should submit their request online by the due date (an exemption is for students who have Northwood as a base high school and enter Northwood HS as a first choice in the Choice process). For more FAQs, click here.
Please see the http://tinyurl.com/northwoodmc2017Slideshow for updated information.
Documents and Information from the October 1, 2018 Meeting for Parents of Current MC2 Students
Learn More About Middle College
Northwood Middle College students were among the first from MCPS to graduate with an Associate Degree from Montgomery College May 18, 2018 before they received their high school diplomas! See https://youtu.be/QxXBlBFxpB8 for details.
Read more about Northwood MC2 , including financial information, from Montgomery College’s Insights magazine at http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/insights/2018/06/22/mcmcpsmc2-middle-college-program-mc2-lets-students-earn-an-associates-degree-while-in-high-school/
Middle school students preparing for the choice process can hear about what Middle College is like from current Northwood MC2 students:
The Montgomery College Middle College at Northwood program provides a rigorous, structured, and supportive academic program to all Northwood students.
The program ensures that students are afforded the necessary opportunities to complete both high school graduation and Montgomery College Associate of Sciences degree requirements, while supporting students through a progressive transition through high school to college.
What Is Middle College?
A Middle College program "is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges." Middle "college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college." - Early College High School Initiative
Choice of 4 Core Subject Areas
There are four cores, and each core allows for an interdisciplinary exploration of related disciplines. Students select one of the following four core areas to focus their study:
Studies in Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages : The Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages Core allows students to begin their studies in the following areas: English, Film, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies and World Languages. For more information see HACL (Humanities, Arts, Communication, and Languages).
Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: This core allows students to begin studies in various STEM disciplines. For more information see STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Studies in Social Sciences, Administration and Health: The Social Sciences, Administration and Health Core allows students to begin their studies in the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. For more information see SSAH (Social Science, Administration, and Health).
Integrated Studies: This core was created to be a flexible way for students to explore more than one core areas at the same time. The INTG Core can be a unique way to discover different discipline areas as students plan their studies at Montgomery College and beyond. Some of the ways students have used the INTG Core is within a transfer plan for allied health fields such as kinesiology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work and other major fields of study. For more information see INTG (Integrated Studies).
The Montgomery College Middle College (MC)2@Northwood program provides these benefits to students beyond traditional high school:
- Possibility of earning a General Studies A. A. or A. S. Degree at the end of high school
- Enhances the college admissions profile
- Possibility of shortening time spent in college and the costs of room and board while there
- Possibility of decreasing the cost of college tuition and fees
- Dedicated preparation for college placement test
- Dedicated support for AP and college courses
General Program Timeline and Structure
9th through 12th grades
- General high school courses with support
- Dedicated one semester ACCUPLACER support course
- Dedicated one semester writing support course
- Montgomery College Courses as appropriate
- MC courses taught on NHS campus student’s 1st MC enrolled year
- MC courses taught on MC campus(es) student’s 2nd MC enrolled year
- After‐School AP and MC course support
- Integrated writing support and preparation toward college‐level writing
- AP support course for exam retake preparation or CLEP exam
- In‐school tutoring
A.A. Degree Program Structure
- 8th grade – Program recruitment
- 9th grade – General high school courses and 1 AP course with dedicated support
- 10th grade – General high school and AP courses with dedicated ACCUPLACER preparation and Writing Support courses. Students take the ACCUPLACER in the fall and take their first Montgomery College course in the spring semester taught on the NHS campus. Students take a second distance learning MC course in the Summer 1 term from the end of May through the end of June.
- 11th grade – High school AP courses with Montgomery College courses taught on NHS campus
- 12th grade – High school courses with Montgomery College courses taught on MC campus
- August to October – Student recruitment through middle school visits, DCC meetings, NHS Open House, dedicated MC2@N meeting PRIOR to final DCC Choice selection
- October to March – General Scheduling
- March to June – Articulation meetings with qualifying students and parents