College Institute is a partnership between Montgomery College (MC) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) that began in 2002. One of the goals is to provide an opportunity for high-achieving students to challenge themselves and earn college credits while still in high school. College professors from MC come to SVHS to teach courses during the regular school day. Credits earned at MC may be transferred to other colleges or universities.
Students are concurrently enrolled as MC students, and course grades from College Institute appear on the student’s MC transcript. MC courses do not count toward high school graduation requirements, and the grades are not counted as part of the high school grade point average (GPA).
Qualifications for College Institute:
- Unweighted GPA of 3.0 for juniors, and 2.75 for seniors
- Meet the Accuplacer assessment levels, OR
- Minimum scores of 550 on critical reading and math SAT, OR
- Minimum scores of 24 on English and math ACT
- Age 16 and parent permission
Certain college courses may also be used as a capstone activity for an optional Academy completion requirement, but do not receive a grade from the high school. Assessment levels and GPA requirements for capstone classes are the same as for College Institute classes.
Both MCPS and MC charge fees to students taking college courses. Financial assistance is available through MCPS and MC to students with demonstrated need.
MC classes are taught at three different times: Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday, and Friday. They are the equivalent of one to two periods of regular high school periods. Students may take more than one class each semester. Course offerings will vary from semester to semester.
For more information about College Institute, visit the Montgomery College webpage or contact Ms. Stacey Blaine in the SVHS College Institute Office at 301-601-4378. You can also check the SVHS Course Bulletin for more information.