2017 - 2018 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

Superintendent's Message

January 2017

Dear High School Students:

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to ensuring that every student graduates from high school prepared for college and career success. Our high schools offer a wide variety of classes and programs designed to prepare you for the future challenges of college and the workplace. This 2017-2018 High School Course Bulletin presents descriptions of the extensive range of exciting courses and programs offered in MCPS high schools. Please use the information in the bulletin as you take the opportunity to discuss the academic and career paths you want to explore with your parents/guardians, teachers, and counselor. These conversations will guide you as you select courses to plan a learning experience that will challenge and engage you.

In addition, we ask that you reference our new “High School Graduation, College, and Career Planner” as you are selecting your classes. The planner allows you to determine whether the courses you are taking satisfy graduation/career technology education requirements so that you graduate college and career ready. Moreover, the planner details what activities you may complete to asses career interests and explore educational and professional options. If you have questions about the High School Graduation, College, and Career Planner, please see your school counselor.

Each high school’s website, as well as this bulletin, may be accessed at www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/ and may serve as another helpful resource. The information presented on these sites provides an overview of each school, including detailed descriptions of magnet and signature programs, academies, and career-themed programs of study offered in MCPS.

MCPS is fortunate to have highly skilled and dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff at our high schools. Preparing you for your future as a productive citizen in a global society is a responsibility we take very seriously. We invite you to commit yourself to your studies with the same zeal and enthusiasm.

I encourage you to enroll in challenging courses in pursuit of your personal goals and extend my best wishes for your success as you prepare for the exciting and rewarding experiences that lie ahead.



Jack R. Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools