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MCPS and MC have partnered to provide Dual Enrollment opportunities to college ready students at all high schools as well as Middle and Early College options.
Dual Enrollment opportunities allow MCPS college ready high school students to take college courses during the academic school year. High school students who enroll and take a college course at any Maryland public college or university are able to do so at a reduced cost.
If students select to take courses at MC, and meet qualifications for and separately apply for the MC High School Grant, they may be able to take college courses at no tuition cost. Students are able to take college courses offered on the high school campus (at select high schools), on a college campus, or online during the fall, winter and spring college terms of their junior and/or senior year. All college courses taken and successfully completed will receive dual credit by counting toward college and high school credit. The courses will appear on the high school transcript unless requested that it not during the enrollment process.
Information sessions will be held at each MC campus. Please review the dates below and join us to hear more about exciting new developments in the MC/MCPS Dual Enrollment partnership and about all the Dual Enrollment opportunities available to students.
A map of each MC campus can be found HERE.
For additional information on Dual Enrollment opportunities and programs, contact the Career Postsecondary Office at 240-740-4044.
Dual Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in partnership with Montgomery College (MC) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Early College (EC) program to all three MC campuses. The EC program is offered at each MC campus, and provides qualified students the opportunity of earning an Associate Degree in a specific content area. Participating students will complete their 11th and 12th grade years of high school while simultaneously completing their first two years of college. They will graduate with an Associate's degree from MC as well as a Maryland State High School diploma.
To participate in the program students must have at least the following at the time of application (additional requirements vary by degree program):
The tuition and textbook cost for all courses required for the MC degree and Maryland high school diploma are covered. College fees are also covered for select students who qualify for financial assistance.
MCPS will provide transportation from various centralized locations to Richard Montgomery High School and then to the Rockville College Campus. Students may also utilize the RideOn bus system, or the MC shuttle bus system between campuses, as part of their MC student benefits. Students may also provide their own transportation.
All interested students who complete the Early College application by the deadline will be invited to participate if they meet all MC requirements and program qualifications, such as testing ready on the ACCUPLACER, passing all mathematic courses, maintaining 2.75 or higher GPA, and others as determined by MC. Please note seats are limited. If there are more eligible students who apply than seats available in the program a lottery will conducted.
The window to submit an interest form for the Early College program has closed. The process will begin again in the fall of 2019. For additional information about the MCPS/MC Early College programs click here.
Frequently Asked Questions for Middle College Program at Northwest and Northwood
The Montgomery College Middle College (MC2) program at Northwest and Northwood high schools is a dual enrollment program that prepare students to earn a High School Diploma and college credits towards an Associate’s degree.
The college credits are earned through a combination of courses including Advanced Placement courses and corresponding test scores, CLEP examinations, and/or MC courses. Students are supported through a progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to a college-like experience on the high school campus, and finally to full college coursework and experience on the college campus.
During this transition, students are provided with dedicated college preparation including preparation for the college placement and admission assessments. Students will matriculate through a pathway towards the Associate’s degree beginning in grade 9. The associate’s degree earned from each program is listed below along with the link to the schools contact or web page for additional information:
Northwest High School
This program is open to current Grade 8 students who reside in one of the following high school clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill. For students within the Northwest High School attendance area, there is no cap on the number of seats available. The interest form should be completed and will serve as an indication of program interest; it will be considered for pre-placement purposes only. For students who live outside of the Northwest High School attendance area, there are currently 32 seats available. If there are more requests than the 32 seats available, a lottery will be conducted.
Limited Transportation is available to students who reside within the Northwest attendance area outside the walking distance as deemed by MCPS Transportation. For more information about transportation provided for this program please refer to page 36 of the MCPS OPTIONS Booklet at: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/enrichedinnovative/options/
Go here to complete an interest form.
Northwest High School MC2 2018 Graduates
Northwest HS Engineering Pathway SAMPLE
General Studies at Northwest High School
Northwest HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
Northwood High School
Admission to this program is competitive. To be eligible for the program, students must be in Grade 8. A lottery is conducted for enrollment. This program is open to students who reside in one of the following high school clusters: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Churchill, Downcounty Consortium, Northeast Consortium, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, or Wootton.
General Studies at Northwood High School
Northwood High School MC2 2018 Graduates
Northwood HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
Middle College Program at Clarksburg High
The Middle College Program at Clarksburg High School focuses on Pathways to Network and Information Technology (P-TECH). Admission to this program is competitive. To be eligible for the program, students must be in Grade 8. A lottery is conducted for enrollment.
This program is open to students who reside in one of the following high school clusters Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, or Watkins Mill. For more information, please see Networking and Information Technology at Clarksburg High School.
Invest in your future now and get a jump start on your college degree and career!
The Jump Start to College Pathway is an opportunity for high school students to earn college credits using dual enrollment opportunities available through our partnership with Montgomery College (MC) to meet high school graduation requirements and begin their journey toward success in college and beyond.
A few quick facts to know about Jump Start:
The sample pathway below is one example of how students can earn a minimum of 30 college credits prior to high school graduation. Students may take more or fewer courses than the sample illustrates depending on the student’s preference. All interested students should jump start their journey by speaking with their high school counselor or Dual Enrollment Program Assistant.
Grade 9/Year 1
Grade 10\Year 2
Grade 11\Year 3
Grade 12/Year 4
EnglishEnglish 10/Honors English
EnglishEnglish 11 or AP Lang.
EnglishMC ENGL102 orMC ENGL103
MathematicsAlgebra 1 or higher
Mathematics Geometry or higher
MathematicsAlgebra 2 or higher
MathematicsMC MATH117 or higher
MathematicsMC MATH165 or higher
Science9th Grade NGSS Science
Science 10th Grade NGSS Science
Science11th Grade NGSS Science
ScienceMC Natural Sciences with Lab and/or without Lab Distribution
ScienceMC Natural Sciences with or without Lab Distribution
Social Studies U.S. History
Social StudiesNational, State, and Local Government
Social StudiesWorld History
Social StudiesMC PSYC102
MC Elective or Other Required Course(s)
Social StudiesMC SOCY100
Elective and/or Health
Fine ArtsMC Fine Arts Course
MC or MCPS Foreign Language or Elective or Other Required Course(s)
TechnologyMCPS Tech. Ed. Course
MC course titles and descriptions can be found at: https://catalog.montgomerycollege.edu/
For more information on Jumpstart go to MC Dual Enrollment at www.montgomerycollege.edu/dep
Students who wish to take a college course should meet the minimum scores noted below on the SAT, ACT, and ACCUPLACER respectively, in addition to having an unweighted grade point average of 2.5 for seniors or 2.75 for juniors. If students do not meet the test requirements they may be eligible to take a college course if they have a B or higher in the final semester of the following approved courses to determine college readiness in English and mathematics:
English: AP Language and Composition; Honors English 12; Modern World History; Honors Modern World History; AP World History
Mathematics: All levels of Algebra 2
Dually enrolled students must follow the student academic and behavior policies of both MCPS and MC:
When applying to colleges and universities, dually enrolled students should submit the college transcript with all other required documents.
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Tuition and fees vary, depending on the number of credit hours you take. Students attending MCPS are eligible for a reduced rate during the fall, winter and spring terms. MC Financial Assistance (in the form of a High School Grant) is also available for all Maryland residents with demonstrated need. This assistance may cover the cost of tuition, fees and required textbooks depending on financial status, secondary school status and availability of funds. Students MUST apply through MC in order to obtain the High School Grant.
Learn More about Financial Assistance
Montgomery College enrollment and registration procedures
are followed by all school DEPAs. Click here for a list of DEPAs and school
deadlines. To initiate the process, students applying for this opportunity at MC should begin by
visiting the Montgomery College Office
of Academic Initiatives’ DE webpage for more specific
information, procedures, and forms to begin the process prior to seeing their
DEPA. The timeline is noted here.
Students in the DE Program can enroll in any approved college-level course for which they meet the requirements.
The courses offered through the DE program are typical courses of first year college students. They include courses which are first in a professional series, general education courses, and foundation courses.
To review the transferability of college courses between Maryland colleges and universities, visit the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities website.
For specific information related to college course options at your local high school, contact the high school counselor or click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines.
Montgomery College Courses approved for MCPS students
As of the fall of 2013, all college courses taken by Montgomery County Public Schools students will count toward graduation credit and appear on the high school transcript unless requested at the time of enrollment in the college course that it does not by completing the Dual Credit Refusal Form (MCPS Form 280-93) and returning it the school counselor.