2017 - 2018 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

Introduction

Maryland Diploma Requirements

The state of Maryland authorizes one diploma for all high school graduates, based upon successful fulfillment of four categories of requirements: enrollment, course credit, Student Service Learning (SSL), and assessments developed or adopted by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), collectively referred to as the Maryland High School Assessments (MHSA). All requirements are summarized in the table below.

NEW GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Course Credits – Students shall be enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and have earned a minimum of 22 credits that include the following (unless a pre-approved MCPS alternative is satisfied):

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Enrollment – Students must satisfactorily complete four years of school beyond Grade 8. (For exceptions, see Alternatives to Four-Year Enrollment.)

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Promotion Regulation

MCPS Regulation JEB-RA, Placement, Promotion, Acceleration, and Retention of Students, (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/jebra.pdf requires that high school students earn 5 credits each year in order to be promoted, including specific required credits in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, as indicated in the chart below.

End Of: Total Credits Needed for Promotion to Next Grade Total Credits in Required Courses
Math English Science Social Studies Other Courses - See Options Required for Graduation
Grade 9 5 1 1 0 0 3
Grade 10 10 2 2 1 1 4
Grade 11 15 3 3 2 2 5

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Maryland High School Assessments (HSA)

Maryland High School Assessments (MHSAs) are those tests developed for or adopted by MSDE that are aligned with and measure a student’s skills and knowledge as set forth in the content standards for specified courses. The term “MHSA” encompasses both the High School Assessment (HSA) developed for Maryland, tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), as well as other tests MSDE may develop or adopt in the future. Students take these assessments as they complete the corresponding courses. It is anticipated that students will be required to take the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) during a grade level course yet to be determined by MSDE.

Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA) Requirements
HSA and PARCC Assessments
The MHSA requirements are subject to change by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
Algebra

Pass Algebra 1 PARCC

Maryland Integrated Science
Assessment (MISA)

During a grade level course yet to be determined, students will need to participate in the MISA, pending approval by the State Board of Education.

English 10 Pass English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA/L) 10 PARCC
Government Pass Government HSA or substitute established by MSDE (e.g., AP)
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Maryland High School Certificate

This certificate is awarded only to students with disabilities who cannot meet the requirements for a diploma but who meet the standards set forth in the Code of Maryland Regulations §13A.03.02.09, and MCPS Regulation ISB-RA, High School Graduation Requirements, found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/isbra.pdf

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Montgomery County Public Schools Certificate of Merit (CM)

In addition to the Maryland high school diploma, students who meet the following requirements may be awarded the MCPS Certificate of Merit, a diploma endorsement:

a. Advanced Courses

At least 12 credits must be earned in advanced courses designated by MCPS as applicable to the Certificate of Merit (CM). CM courses only contribute to a weighted GPA when the course is also identified as Advanced Level (AL). All courses to be counted toward the Certificate of Merit must be taken for a letter grade.

b. Mathematics Requirement

Students must successfully complete and/or receive credit for an MCPS Algebra 2 course.

c. Cumulative Grade Point Average

Students must obtain at least a 3.0 un-weighted cumulative grade point average.

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Courses and Credits

Each MCPS high school provides a comprehensive program of studies that enables all students to earn required graduation credits. All high school courses are one semester in length. All courses satisfying graduation requirements must be taken for a letter grade. Upon completion of each semester’s work, students earn credit in each course taken—0.5 credit for successful completion of a single-period course, 1 credit for a double-period course, and so on. Year-long courses usually have the same name for the two semesters with the title of the first semester followed by “A” or “1” and the second by “B” or “2”. In general, the first semester of a course is a prerequisite for the second semester.

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Technology Education Requirement for Graduation

To satisfy MSDE high school graduation requirements, students are required to take a state-approved technology education course. MCPS technology education courses that meet this requirement are designated TE. AT courses do not satisfy the requirement for one credit in TE. Note that MCPS eLearning offers Foundations of Technology A/B in an online format during the summer.

AT courses satisfying graduation requirements for electives, Option 2, must also meet state approval. Courses meeting these requirements are designated AT. TE courses do not satisfy the requirements for AT courses in OPTION 2 .

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Student Service Learning

The SSL program in MCPS promotes a culture of student involvement and student responsibility through civic engagement. Service learning is a graduation requirement in Maryland. MCPS students must complete a minimum of 75 service-learning hours to graduate. They may begin fulfilling this requirement the summer after Grade 5 and continue to accrue SSL hours through high school. Students who earn 260 or more SSL hours receive a Certificate of Meritorious Service at the time of graduation. Preparation, action, and reflection are the three phases of service learning that distinguish SSL from traditional volunteering and community service efforts.

Service learning hours are earned through:

School Course

Successful completion of specific courses identified in this course bulletin where the three phases of SSL achieve curricular objectives.

School Clubs

Fully participating and completing the three phases of service learning in activities promoted by school-sponsored clubs and organizations.

Community Organizations and Opportunities—must be preapproved for SSL

Fully participating in opportunities with community organizations pre-approved by MCPS and listed on the MCPS SSL website, found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/ MCPS SSL approved opportunities are identified on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center webpage with the SSL icon found at http://www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/student-service-learning-ssl Students may also seek approval for other types of service learning by submitting MCPS Form 560-50, Request for Student Service Learning Preapproval.

All activities for which SSL hours are desired must occur in a public place, be secular in nature, and be supervised by an adult representative from a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Parents/guardians and relatives may not directly supervise a student. One SSL hour is awarded for every one hour of service outside of the instructional day with a maximum of 8 hours in a 24-hour period. MCPS Form 560-51, Student Service Learning Activity Verification, is required to document all activities for which SSL hours are desired. More information is available at the MCPS SSL site, http://mcpsssl.org, or the SSL FAQ pages at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/faqs/faq.shtm For individual SSL questions, contact the SSL coordinator in any middle or high school.

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High School Credit for Middle School Students

High school courses successfully completed while in middle school will be included in the GPA calculation at the beginning of Grade 9. Middle school students must meet the same requirements as high school students by earning a final grade of A, B, C, or D each semester. Additional information is in MCPS Regulation IKC-RA, Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Weighted Grade Point Averages (WGPA), found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ikcra.pdf

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Honors, Advanced-level, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Courses

Honors (H), Advanced-Level (AL), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses provide opportunities for students to pursue rigorous and challenging studies. Students seeking an IB diploma or participating in a certificate program must meet the requirements of the program in addition to the MCPS requirements for graduation. Teachers, counselors, and parents/guardians will work together to support each student’s progress in these challenging courses.

Honors Courses

Honors courses provide expectations and opportunities for students to engage in more rigorous and complex content and processes and to develop authentic products that reflect the student’s understanding of key concepts. The curriculum in each honors course includes appropriate adaptations for enriched learning for pursuing in-depth studies that require abstract and higher-order thinking skills.

Advanced-Level Courses

Advanced-level courses are based on previous achievement in a sequence of study. Advanced-level courses include appropriate adaptations for accelerated and enriched learning for pursuing in-depth studies that require abstract and higher-order thinking skills.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

MCPS has developed courses that meet College Board guidelines to accompany the AP examinations. A qualifying score on an AP exam may earn the student college credit or advanced standing in the subject in college. All MCPS AP courses have met the requirements of and been approved by the College Board Audit Committee and include concepts and skills that help students prepare for the AP exams.

Criteria for Enrollment in Honors, Advanced-level, and AP Courses

According to Montgomery County Board of Education Policy IOA, Gifted and Talented Education, and accompanying MCPS Regulation IOA-RA, Gifted and Talented Education, multiple criteria such as mastery of course prerequisites, willingness to complete challenging assignments, previous grades, student interest, and teacher/counselor recommendations will be used to admit high school students to Honors, Advanced-level, AP, or IB classes. All students who have the capability, motivation, or potential to accept the challenge of such a program will be provided an opportunity to do so. Board Policy IOA and MCPS Regulation IOA-RA can be found at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ioa.pdf and www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ioara.pdf.

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Course-Related Information

Student Withdrawal from a Course

A student-initiated withdrawal may occur when the student and parent/guardian determine that withdrawal will be beneficial to the student. The student’s withdrawal request must be approved by the parent/guardian in writing, reviewed by the counselor, and discussed with the student to ensure that there is understanding that withdrawing from the course may result in a possible delay in meeting graduation requirements. The counselor’s recommendation is forwarded to the principal for approval.

If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the 25th day of the semester, no notation is made on the student’s permanent record or report card.

If the student withdraws after the 25th day of the semester, the date of the withdrawal and the achievement attained at the time of withdrawal will be entered on the report card and permanent record.

Additional information about withdrawal and student eligibility for extracurricular activities is in MCPS Regulation IKC-RA, Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Weighted Grade Point Averages (WGPA), found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ikcra.pdf and in MCPS Regulation IQD-RA, Academic Eligibility for High School Students Who Participate in Extracurricular Activities, found at www.montgomeryschoolsmdorg/departments/policy/pdf/iqdra.pdf.

Other Provisions for Earning Credit

In addition to earning credits during the regular school day and year, students may earn high school credits through summer school, extended-day learning opportunities, work experience programs, online courses, and college courses. Advance permission from the principal or designee is required in all cases involving other provisions for earning credit.

Online courses must be approved by MSDE and MCPS. The list of online courses approved by MCPS for credit toward graduation is at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/onlinelearning.

It is critical that students and their parents/guardians consult with academic advisors/counselors prior to registering for courses for which they intend to obtain credits to meet high school graduation requirements. More information about other provisions for earning credit are discussed in MCPS Regulation ISB-RA, High School Graduation Requirements, found at: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/isbra.pdf.

Alternatives to Four-Year Enrollment

In recognition of the fact that four-year enrollment in a public high school may not serve the best interests of some students, alternatives to four-year enrollment are available. Advance permission from the principal or designee is required, an alternative plan must be developed, with enough lead time to allow a decision to be made at least one full semester prior to anticipated enrollment in a specific course or program, and a waiver must be obtained. Approval may be made contingent upon the student’s acceptance to an approved college, vocational, technical, or other postsecondary school program. Required forms, reasons for which waivers are approved, and additional information about alternatives to four-year enrollment are discussed in MCPS Regulation ISB-RA, High School Graduation Requirements, found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/isbra.pdf

Attendance

A commitment to school attendance on the part of both students and parents/guardians is an essential component of a high-quality learning experience. Parents/guardians and school personnel are expected to do everything possible to ensure each student’s regular attendance. Students should attend all scheduled classes and approved educational activities and are responsible for completing all assigned work on time. Students should be enrolled in a full-day program or spend a comparable period of time in an alternative program or activity approved by the student’s parent/guardian and principal.

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Grading and Reporting

Basis for Grading

The Board is committed to maintaining rigorous performance and achievement standards for all students and to providing a fair process for evaluating and reporting student progress that is understandable to students and their parents/guardians and relevant for instructional purposes. Board Policy IKA, Grading and Reporting, and accompanying MCPS Regulation IKA-RA, Grading and Reporting, set forth expectations and guidance, found at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ika.pdf and www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ikara.pdf. The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs publishes procedures at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/grading/.

Procedures for Grading

Grading procedures will be applied consistently within and among schools. Grading practices must include clear and timely communication, alignment with curriculum, accurate reflection of student achievement, and fair representation of student performance. Grading practices must be fair and manageable, and support effective teaching and learning. Grades on report cards reflect academic achievement in relation to course expectations, as outlined in the MCPS curriculum. Extra credit may not be used. Course-specific procedures for grading are defined, used consistently, and explained clearly to students and parents/guardians in writing at the beginning of a semester or school year. A districtwide marking period assessment is required to be given each marking period in identified high school English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), information technology/computer science, mathematics, science, social studies, and world languages courses. Scores on marking period assessments in high school courses for which districtwide assessments have been developed will be calculated as 10 percent of the marking period grade.

Reporting Student Progress

Teachers will provide students and parents/guardians with information about achievement throughout the marking period. This feedback may take several forms, including the following:

  • Report cards
  • Interims/progress reports
  • Online grade reports (Edline)
  • Parent conferences
  • Informal methods of communication
  • Teacher feedback

Credit/No Credit Grading Option

The Credit/No Credit grading option may be used only in courses not specifically required for graduation by MSDE or MCPS. Courses taken using the Credit/No Credit option cannot be applied toward a Certificate of Merit.

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Grade Point Average (GPA) and Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA)

Only final course grades and credit reported on high school transcripts are used in determining GPA and WGPA, in accordance with the procedures set forth in MCPS Regulation IKC-RA, Grade Point Averages and Weighted Grade Point Averages (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ikcra.pdf). To determine WGPA, an additional quality point is added to grades of A, B, and C in all honors, advanced-level, and Advanced Placement courses only.

A Marking Period Average (MPA), used in determining academic eligibility, is shown on student report cards. The MPA is not cumulative and is not used to establish the GPA or WGPA.

MCPS does not rank students. Additional information about grading and reporting is available at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/grading/.

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Repeating a Course to Earn a Higher Grade

Any student who completes a high school course may retake the course for a replacement grade. Grades and credits for courses retaken will be treated for computing the GPA and WGPA as follows: a) a course may be retaken, no matter the final grade; b) the highest of the grades received shall be entered on the student’s transcript and shall be used for the purpose of computing GPA/WGPA; c) students may only replace a course with a course of the same or comparable course code, as authorized by the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs; or d) if space in a class is limited, students taking a course for the first time have priority for placement in the class over students retaking the course. Upon completion of the course, their official transcript and GPA/WGPA will reflect only the higher mark earned. Further information can be found in MCPS Regulation IKC-RA, Grade Point Averages (GPA) and Weighted GradePoint Averages (WGPA), found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/ikcra.pdf, or by contacting the student’s counselor or High School Programs in the MCPS Department of Career Readiness and Innovative Programs, 301-279-5632.

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Academic Eligibility for Participation in Extracurricular Activities

Students who have a 2.0 average with no more than one failing grade in the previous marking period will be academically eligible to participate or practice during the next marking period in any extracurricular activity requiring academic eligibility. Further information, including additional provisions that apply to withdrawn courses, can be found in MCPS Regulation IQD-RA, Academic Eligibility for High School Students Who Participate in Extracurricular Activities, found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/iqdra.pdf.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center

The National Collegiate Athletic Association established the NCAA Eligibility Center to serve as the authorizing group for the final review and approval of core courses for freshmen college students who want to participate in intercollegiate athletics in NCAA Division I-A, I-AA, and II colleges and universities. The NCAA Eligibility Center Approved Core Courses are identified in the course bulletin with the symbol NCAA. In all cases, the list of eligible courses available at the NCAA Eligibility Center website represents the final determination of acceptable core courses. To learn more about NCAA Approved Core Courses or about NCAA Freshmen Eligibility Standards, contact the local school resource counselor and visit the NCAA-IEC website at http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/eligibility-center. Students may want to download the NCAA student document at http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA17.pdf.

Taking Courses Not Available at the Home School

Students who wish to take courses not available at the home school must apply through the counseling office at their home school.

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Career and Technology Education (CTE) Programs of Study (POS)

Programs of Study (POS) are state-approved programs that satisfy the Career Technology Education (CTE) graduation option requirements and are designated by POS in this bulletin. Each of these programs is designed to help students acquire the specialized knowledge, skills, attitudes, and work habits required for employment and postsecondary education.

Students seeking to enroll in a POS that includes a work-based learning component may be required by the employer or sponsoring organization to provide appropriate documentation that may include a social security number and/or proof of citizenship/green card. Please review program information and POS requirements carefully for specific work-based learning component guidelines.

Extensive information about MCPS CTE Programs of Study is available at the website http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/careerprograms and www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/.

Thomas Edison High School of Technology (TEHST)

Thomas Edison High School of Technology (TEHST) provides all MCPS students with the opportunity to co-enroll in advanced academic, technical, and career programs. The mission of TEHST is to provide students with state-of-the-art technological, academic, and interpersonal skills needed to achieve excellence in their chosen fields of study. The variety of CTE programs offered at TEHST allows students to explore and experience traditional and nontraditional career options and to prepare for college and a wide range of expanding and challenging postsecondary options. Students enroll in TEHST programs through their home school and take courses at both the home school and at TEHST. Bus transportation is provided. All programs offered at TEHST are state-approved and meet the CTE graduation option requirements for students.
Registration packets are available from Thomas Edison, from local school counselors, and at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/edison/.

Foundations Office Programs

The Montgomery County Student Foundations Office serves as a liaison between the business/professional community and MCPS, by coordinating three separate non-profit educational foundations that prepare students for a wide range of postsecondary options within the automotive, construction, and information technology and computer science industries.

Programs provide instruction in classroom and laboratory settings with state-of-the-art technology, along with authentic, “real world” experiences for students through rigorous curriculum, career pathway programs, industry certification opportunities, community business partnerships, entrepreneurial projects, scholarships/awards, SSL hours, and articulation agreements through which students may earn college credit. Additional information may be found at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/foundations/.

  • Automotive Trades Foundations Programs

    Automotive Trades Foundation programs are located at Damascus, Gaithersburg, Seneca Valley and TEHST high schools. Three student-run car sales per school year are held, selling more than 2,000 renovated vehicles to date. Students donate one renovated vehicle yearly to a deserving Montgomery County organization.

  • Construction Trades Foundations Program

    Construction Trades Foundation programs are located at TEHST. Students design, construct, and market student-built houses. Forty houses have been built and sold thus far in Montgomery County. Students are currently constructing the forty-first student-built home.

  • Information Technology and Computer Science Programs

    Information Technology programs in computer repairs and networking (Network Operations) are located at Clarksburg High School and TEHST. Students in these programs refurbish, market, and sell donated computers to the community and donate a lab yearly to a deserving Montgomery County non-profit organization. Cisco Networking Academies are located in 7 MCPS high schools: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, Springbrook, and Wootton. Students in both programs can earn valuable industry-standard CompTIA certifications and college credits, and can obtain internships in the IT field. The Computer Science pathway, which includes a robotics unit, is offered in 24 high schools. Students can take 2 AP courses in the pathway as well as earn college credits and obtain internships. Six MCPS high schools are affiliated with NAF Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) and offer pathways in computer programing, computer science, networking, and information resource design.

College Credit Available at Montgomery College for MCPS Students Who Complete Programs of Study

MCPS graduates who successfully complete select POS may earn free college credit after receiving grades of A or B in courses articulated with Montgomery College (MC). Earned credits may be used toward an associate’s degree at MC. For more information regarding the MC articulated credit for programs of study, contact your school counselor. MC offers financial aid to help pay fees for qualifying students. Call 301-279-5000 at MC for college-related information, including information from the Financial Aid Office and an application packet.

[Students are advised that there are additional options for earning college credit while an MCPS student. More information about early college credit opportunities are found at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/partnerships/college-credit.aspx

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MCPS, Montgomery College and The University System of Maryland Partnership Programs

Programs for College Ready MCPS High School Students

Several MCPS high schools offer early college access programs in which college ready high school juniors or seniors may take college courses while in high school. Students may enroll in college courses offered at select high schools, online, or on a college campus. Credits for these courses are fully transferable to the providing institution. Students must check with the college of their choice to ensure transferability to other institutions of higher education. Limited financial aid may be available.

MC Ensembles Partnership Program

The MC Ensembles Partnership gives talented MCPS high school instrumental music students the opportunity to participate in the MC Symphony Orchestra or MC Wind Ensemble. For additional information, speak with your school’s instrumental music teacher or contact Dr. Jay Crowder, Music Department chair, at 240-567-7554, jay.crowder@montgomerycollege.edu.

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The Visual Art Center (VAC) at Albert Einstein High School

The Visual Art Center (VAC) is a challenging and rigorous portfolio development program with a competitive application process consisting of an interview, portfolio assessment, scholastic achievement record review, and teacher recommendations. Through studio activities, group critiques, assigned research, lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, and gallery visits, students develop a broader perspective of the fine arts and a greater awareness of opportunities in art careers. An important outcome of the program is the assembly of a strong portfolio for AP studio exams, college admissions, and scholarship applications.

Grades 9 and 10 students attend the VAC for a double period morning session, 90 minutes each day. Grades 11 and 12 students can chose to attend the morning or afternoon session for a triple period, 135 minutes each day, to pursue the AP studio art curriculum. Students may choose to transfer to Albert Einstein High School full-time once they have been accepted into the program. Students/parents/guardians must provide transportation.

For more information, contact Mygenet Harris or Jane Walsh at 301-962-1027 or go to http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/vac/index.htm.

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High School Science/Mathematics/Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair HS and Poolesville HS

Recognizing that education is an individual experience that depends on the unique talents and interests of each person, the mission of the MCPS High School Science/Mathematics/Computer Science Magnet Program is to provide an environment in which each student’s education is maximized by emphasizing the interrelationships among the disciplines, developing a repertoire of problem-solving techniques, and pursuing both independent and collaborative research projects.

To realize this mission, the staff nurtures the special talents of its students, challenging those students through a unique, diversified curriculum fostering individualism, independent thinking, and self-confidence. Students construct their own knowledge base, learn problem-solving strategies that foster a multidisciplinary approach, and develop the ability to think precisely and creatively.

The curriculum is designed to enable each student to build a solid foundation in Grades 9 and 10. Core courses in these first two years include physics, chemistry, Earth science, biology, two years of computer science, two years of mathematics, and an interdisciplinary course, Research and Experimentation for Problem Solving. During their junior and senior years, students have opportunities to go beyond traditional high school offerings with more than 25 special courses and independent research projects while still meeting MSDE requirements (e.g., enrollment in mathematics).
Program descriptions, brochures, and applications can be found at the MCPS website http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/high/magnet-science.aspx .

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programs in MCPS

The IB Diploma program is offered at
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (for students in the B-CC area)
  • Albert Einstein High School (for students in the Downcounty Consortium)
  • John F. Kennedy High School (for students in the Downcounty Consortium)
  • Richard Montgomery High School (for students who are selected through a competitive county-wide application and selection process during their eighth grade year)
  • Rockville High School (for students in the Rockville area)
  • Seneca Valley High School (for students in the Seneca Valley area)
  • Springbrook High School (for students in the Northeast Consortium)
  • Watkins Mill High School (for students in the Watkins Mill area)

The IB county-wide program at Richard Montgomery High School is designed for highly gifted students in Montgomery County and has an application process that occurs in Grade 8.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career Certificate Programs in MCPS

The IB Career Certificate Program (IBCP) is offered at Watkins Mill High School and Rockville High School

Blair/Poolesville Magnet Courses and IB Courses

Courses are listed at the end of each departmental listing in this bulletin and the Interdisciplinary and Research Courses section.

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George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academies

Twelve MCPS schools host The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academies programs on Saturday mornings (Saturday School) providing enrichment, tutoring, and mentoring for students in Grades 1–12. The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. was established in 1986 by the Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, as an outgrowth of the Saturday School Initiative of Blacks United for Excellence in Education. Saturday Schools are open to all students, regardless of their home school. High school sites include Blair, Einstein, Gaithersburg, Kennedy, Magruder, Northwest, Paint Branch, Rockville, Sherwood, Springbrook, Watkins Mill, and Wheaton. For more information about Saturday Schools tutoring and the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academies, contact your local school or check the MCPS website www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/gbtla/.

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Student Online Learning/eLearning

The MCPS Student eLearning program provides opportunities for students to take selected high school courses outside the traditional classroom setting. The program allows students access to online courses for acceleration, flexibility in scheduling, or to retake previously failed courses. Courses taught by MCPS teachers follow a blended learning model, requiring attendance at scheduled face to face meetings in addition to online instruction.

MCPS Courses

MCPS offers three online courses, Comprehensive Health, Foundations of Technology and Foundations of Computer Science which follow a blended model of online and face-to-face (f2f) learning. Each course satisfies MCPS and state graduation requirements. Registration information and cost for these classes is available online at the Student eLearning website.

Online AP Courses

Approved AP courses, offered by vendors outside of MCPS, are delivered solely online. Courses have an associated fee. Registration information is available online at the Student eLearning website. As with all courses offered by institutions other than MCPS, advance permission from the principal or designee is required for courses for which the student seeks high school credit. Additional information regarding eLearning is found at: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/onlinelearning/.

Online Pathway to Graduation

The Online Pathway to Graduation (OPTG) is a year-long program that enables current MCPS seniors and former MCPS high school students needing three credits or fewer, in addition to their daytime classes, to meet the academic requirements for a Maryland high school diploma. The instruction is delivered online. In addition, a teacher is in a centrally located computer classroom who monitors participant progress and facilitates individual instruction when needed. All diagnostic and unit tests will be proctored at the Center for Technology Innovation.

Participants progress through the courses, completing assignments and taking assessments to demonstrate mastery of course objectives. As participants successfully complete each course, credit is awarded, thus helping the participant progress toward the goal of earning a high school diploma. Also, participants are responsible for completing all Maryland and MCPS graduation requirements, including MHSA and SSL requirements. For current MCPS students these course are offered free.

To learn about the Student eLearning program, see your counselor, contact the Student eLearning team or visit the Student eLearning website, http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/onlinelearning/.

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Summer School

Summer School 2017

The Regional Summer School Program provides an alternative for students to receive credit for select courses during the summer. The courses taught follow the same curriculum guidelines as those during the regular school year. Brochures for the 2017 Regional Summer School Program will be available in all schools by the last week of April 2017. Registration forms, tuition-reduction waiver vouchers, and a copy of the summer school brochure will also be available on the MCPS website.

Summer School Sites and Schedules

Summer School site locations and schedules will be advertised as soon as they are available. The sites for the Regional Summer School Program are selected based on serving the needs of all students. All high schools can also develop their own Local School Program (LSP) to serve the needs of their specific population. The LSP operates independently of the Regional Summer School Program.

Contact Information

Questions regarding LSPs should be directed to individual schools. Questions regarding the Regional Summer School Program should be directed to 301-279-8529, or:
Regional Summer School Program
Carver Educational Services Center
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-279-3747

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