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Welcome to the Magruder High School PEAC Scholars Page!

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The PEAC Scholars application process for the 2017-2018 school year is NOW CLOSED for incoming freshmen.*

 *Students currently enrolled in private schools may apply AT THE TIME OF THEIR REGISTRATION if they will be attending Magruder in the fall of 2017. If you are transferring into our cluster after the application process has closed and are interested in the program, please use the contact information at the bottom of this page to find out more.


*Current Magruder freshman will be able to apply for the program at the beginning of the 2016-17 second semester. Please check back at this site in early January 2017 for instructions.  



 Important Dates

 Online Application Available: Friday, October 28, through Monday, November 28, 2016  NOW CLOSED

 Last Date to Submit a completed application: Monday, November 28, 2016  

 Teacher Recommendations Due: Ongoing; no later than December 9, 2016

 Student Live Essays administered at Middle Schools: Week of January 9, 2017 (Student will be notified of specific dates beforehand)

 PEAC Scholars Applicant Decision Notifications Mailed: Week of February 13, 2017  

 Reception for Parents and Students accepted into PEAC Scholars; TBA



 All student applications must be made online. For information or access to the online application (this link will be available on October 28, 2016), please click on the appropriate links below. The application process for current 9th graders will begin in February, 2017; specifics will be available in January, 2017:

    PEAC Brochure 17-18

    PEAC Scholars Parent Info Evening October 25, 2016

    PEAC Scholars Advanced High School Night Presentation Shady Grove MS Sept. 28, 2016

    PEAC Scholars Teacher Recommendation Request Form 2017-18 

        Print 3 copies for distribution to recommending teachers.








1. How do I apply?

            Once you have decided that PEAC Scholars is right for you, you should request teacher recommendations from 3 teachers at your middle school. See Question 2 below.


2. How do I supply teacher recommendations?

           Before completing your online application, you need to speak with three teachers from the list below you feel can give an accurate evaluation of your academic  performance, communication skills, and intellectual curiosity. You must request recommendations from:

                                                 1. your current English or Social Studies teacher

                                                 2. your current Science or Math teacher

                                                 3. one more academic teacher from either 7th or 8th grade.


The link to the Teacher Recommendation Request form can be found above. Print three copies; one for each teacher who agrees to write your recommendation.


3. Can my recommendations come from any teacher I've had?

           There are limitations; see above.


4. How do the teachers make the recommendations?

           Soon after the completed student application is received, teachers named on the application, and whose preferred email addresses you have submitted, will be sent an electronic recommendation form. Each teacher will have until December 9, 2016 to complete and submit this form. This will all be done electronically.


5. Are counselor recommendations required this year?

           No, you do not need to request or submit counselor recommendations with the 2017-18 application; information from your counselor will be requested by Magruder, if needed.


6. Are late applications accepted?                       

          All applications must be completed and submitted by November 28, 2016. The only exceptions will be for students moving into the Magruder area after this period or for those transferring to Magruder from private schools prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year.


7. When and how do I write the required essay?

          Once all the applications have been submitted, students will be contacted through their middle school and given information on the date and time of the "live" essay. It will be written during the school day as arranged by each home school.


8. Will the essay prompt be made available before that time?

          No, the prompt will be disclosed to all students at the time of the writing; comparable, but different prompts may be used at different schools to maintain equity.  


9. If I have learning accommodations, will they be available to me for the essay writing?

           If you have MCPS accommodations, please talk to your counselor at your home school to make arrangements for any that apply to essay writing. This must be done in advance at least 1 week before sitting for the essay (the date will be announced by your home school).


If you have any further questions, please contact Betty Nataro at 301 840-4639 or   


The PEAC Scholars Program is open to all 8th and 9th grade students for whom Magruder is their home High School; this program is not a magnet and cannot enroll students from outside of the Magruder cluster. 


MCPS prohibits illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, socioeconomic status, age, disability, physical characteristics, or sexual orientation.  Inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination or Title IX issues such as gender equity and sexual harassment should be directed to the Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Schools at 301-279-3126, via the Maryland Relay at 1-800-735-2258, or addressed to that office at 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 129, Rockville, MD 20850. 







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