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High School Programs

High School Application Programs Information for rising Grades 10-12 will by available by October 25. The deadline to apply is December 2.   (Updates will be posted here, updated on 10/19/19)

High School Application for Grade 8 FAQ (updated with new questions on 10/8/19) 

The Application is Open—This Video Shows How


and in Spanish


More Information Here

High School Application Programs At A Glance for Grade 82020-2021 Options (posted 9/19/19) 

The High School Common Application for Grade 8 is available. Current MCPS students must access the online application through either the MyMCPS student or parent portal, using their MCPS Google account. (see below for private school)

Private and home schooled students in Grade 8 should refer to the "how to apply" document, however, must secure an MCPS Student ID in order to submit an application and assess for the program. MCPS Student ID must be obtained from your neighborhood middle school. To find your neighborhood middle school use the School Assignment Tool.

Letter from Chief Academic Officer to Families of Grade 8 Students.

Letter from Associate Superintendent of OCIP to Families of Grade 8 Students.

High School Preview Night Flyer in English and Spanish.  

September 19, 2019 High School Preview Night Presentations in English and Spanish

  • English PowerPoint
  • Spanish PowerPoint
  • Information on how to apply to High School Regional/Countywide Application Programs for current MCPS students (Application opens in October)
  • Information on how to apply to High School Regional/Countywide Application Programs for private or home schooled students who reside in Montgomery County (Application opens in October)
  • List of High School Regional/Countywide Application Programs Parent Information Meeting Dates

Below is a reference tool, in a variety of languages, for families who wish to follow along while their Grade 8 student completes the online application inside the myMCPS student portal.   

Translations for High School Application




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Application (Magnet)



Schools with this program


Application Programs - Countywide


Global Ecology House

  • Poolesville HS

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • Richard Montgomery HS (Countywide)

Visual Art Center

  • Albert Einstein HS

Application Programs - Regional


Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science Magnet

  • Montgomery Blair HS
  • Poolesville HS

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • John F. Kennedy HS
  • Springbrook HS 
  • Watkins Mill HS 

Humanities House

  • Poolesville HS

Application Programs - Consortia


Biomedical Program 

  • Wheaton HS

Communication Arts Program (CAP)

  • Montgomery Blair HS

Engineering Program 

  • Wheaton HS

Leadership Training Institute (LTI)

  • John F. Kennedy




Schools with this program


Downcounty Consortium (DCC)  

  • Montgomery Blair
  • Albert Einstein
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Northwood
  • Wheaton

Northeast Consortium (NEC)  

  • James Hubert Blake High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Springbrook High School

Local School



Schools with this program


Signature programs

  • James Hubert Blake
  • Winston Churchill 
  • Clarksburg
  • Damascus
  • Gaithersburg
  • Walter Johnson
  • Magruder
  • Northwest
  • Paint Branch 
  • Quince Orchard
  • Rockville
  • Seneca Valley
  • Sherwood
  • Springbrook 
  • Wootton

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 
Note: The IB program at Richard Montgomery HS is an application (magnet) program

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase 
  • Albert Einstein 
  • John F. Kennedy 
  • Richard Montgomery 
  • Rockville 
  • Seneca Valley 
  • Springbrook 
  • Watkins Mill 

Regional Career-Related

Thomas Edison High School of Technology 

Career Programs:

  • Arts, Humanities, Media, & Communication
  • Biosciences, Health Sciences, & Medicine
  • Human & Consumer Services, Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technologies
  • Construction & Development
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics