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Title: High School Options for Students in the Northeast Consortium (NEC) NEC Signature Programs, the Choice Process, and Application Programs Information Meeting for NEC Grade 7 Students and Parents Springbrook High School Wednesday, April 25, 2012


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High School Options for Students in
theNortheast Consortium (NEC)NEC
Signature Programs, the Choice Process, and
Application Programs Information Meeting for
NEC Grade 7 Students and Parents Springbrook
High SchoolWednesday, April 25, 2012
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Tonights OutcomesHear an overview of the --
Northeast Consortium (NEC) High School
Signature Programs Choice Process and Timeline
Application Programs Available to NEC
Students --Magnet programs at Montgomery
Blair, Richard Montgomery,
Poolesville high schools --Visual Art Center
(VAC) at Albert Einstein HS
--Professional-Technical Programs at Thomas
Edison High School of Technology (TEHST)
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feedback by completing an evaluation form
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  • What is the
  • Northeast Consortium (NEC)?
  • The NEC is made up of
  • 3 high schools, 5 middle schools,
  • and their feeder elementary schools

The NEC 3 Great Schools . . .3 Great Choices!
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  • What do ALL NEC high schools offer?
  • A comprehensive high school education
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Lots of opportunities for you to make friends!
  • Newspaper, yearbook, music program
  • Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Special education and ESOL services
  • TV studio students produce daily
    announcements on TV
  • Use of technology/computers throughout the
    school
  • Signature programs programs of instruction
    based on a central theme or focus

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What is a Signature program?
  • Instructional program developed around a
  • central theme that includes
  • Rigorous course work
  • Variety of course offerings in the thematic area
  • Sequential course offerings to build knowledge
  • and skills
  • Themes that appeal to students interests
  • Thematic programs that help students make
  • connections with their future and think
  • about life after high school college,
  • military, and possible future careers.

The NEC 3 Great Schools . . .3 Great Choices!
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  • What Signature programs are available in
  • the NEC?
  • James Hubert Blake HS Fine Arts and
    Humanities
  • Arts Communications - Visual Arts,
    Media Arts and Performing Arts Pathway
  • Humanities Public Service
    Humanities Justice, Law Society Child
    Studies
  • Springbrook HS IB World and
  • Information Technology
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Program (IB), Justice, Law Society,
  • Languages
  • Information Technology Digital
    Media Computer Programming,
  • Networking/Hardware,
    Engineering
  • Paint Branch HS Science and Media
  • Medical Careers, Pharmacy Biotechnology
  • Media Arts Gilder Lehrman U.S. History Academy

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Explore Your Options!
An engaging, interesting and informative website
designed for the middle school student!
career interest quiz advice on high school
courses search for college majors explore
interesting careers ask questions to experts
in the field learn about hobbies
www.bridges.com
Hear from NEC high school students about their
interests and the exciting high school
experience! Montgomery County Public Schools -
You Choose
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What is the Grade 8 NEC timeline?(Proposed for
School Year 2012-2013)
  • September
  • Choice and Signature program information
    mailed to Grade 8 students homes
  • Evening parent/student information
    meetings
  • October
  • Evening Open House at each NEC high school
  • College and career development activities
    for middle school students
  • Choice forms mailed to Grade 8 students
    homes
  • November
  • Evening parent enrollment meeting for
    non-MCPS students
  • Completed Choice forms due to NEC middle
    schools
  • January
  • High school assignments mailed to
    students homes

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NEC High SchoolChoice Process

Step 1 Complete a Choice form.
Parents/students rank the 3 NEC high schools in
order of preference, based on the Signature
programs at each school.
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  • Step 2
  • Choice forms are run
  • through a computerized
  • lottery process.
  • Step 3
  • High school assignment letters are mailed to
    students
  • homes.
  • Every effort is made to assign students to their
    first choice. Some students may be assigned their
    2nd or 3rd choice school.
  • Factors which may impact the
  • school assignment process
  • School capacity (space availability)
  • Number of students who choose their base school
  • Ranking of schools on Choice form
  • Sibling link
  • Socio-economic diversity
  • Gender balance

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What if my child wants to attend her/his base
area high school?
  • The base area high school is determined by a
  • students home address. Assignment to a
  • students base high school is guaranteed if it
    is
  • 1) Indicated as 1st choice on the Choice form
  • OR
  • 2) Indicated as 2nd choice on the Choice form
  • AND the 1st choice is not available.
  • To determine your base high
    school, visit
  • http//gis.mcps.k12.md.us/gis/Pu
    blicLocator.asp

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What are some frequently asked questions?
  • On average what percentage of students
    received their 1st choice over the last five
    years?

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Is transportation available?
Students will receive bus transportation if they
live in the Consortium attendance
area AND beyond walking distance of
their assigned school (about 2 miles,
as determined by MCPS).
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Summary
  • All 3 NEC high schools provide
  • A comprehensive educational program, including
    after school activities, athletics, and clubs.
  • Excellent programs that appeal to students
    interests.
  • The Choice process encourages discussion about
    student interests, high school opportunities, and
    future goals.

The NEC 3 Great Schools . . .3 Great Choices!
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What other high school options are available?
  • Application-Only Programs Available to NEC
    Students
  • Science, Math Computer Science Magnet at
    Montgomery Blair HS
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) at Richard
    Montgomery HS
  • Global Ecology Studies Program at Poolesville HS
  • Visual Arts Center (VAC) at Albert Einstein HS
  • Half-day Academic, Professional Technical
    Career
  • Education Programs at Thomas Edison High School
    of
  • Technology (TEHST)
  • NOTE Students who apply for application-only
    programs must still complete and turn in an NEC
    Choice form by the due date.

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Applicant Characteristics
Parents, ask yourselves To an exceptional
degree, does my child Show curiosity about
ideas, events and how things work, or have a
questioning attitude? Demonstrate initiative and
intellectual curiosity? Have an ability to learn
at a faster rate? Have an unusual understanding
and use of language? Have strong critical and
creative thinking abilities? Show empathy and
sensitivity towards others? Have an ability to
see relationships and detect patterns? Have a
positive self-concept? Understand his or her
strengths and know when and how to ask for
help? Prefer long-range goals to short-term or
immediate needs?
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Science/Mathematics/Computer Science Magnet
Program at Blair
  • The Magnet Program offers accelerated,
    interdisciplinary courses in science,
    mathematics, and computer science for highly able
    students particularly interested in these
    subjects.
  • Students in Grade 8 with a strong interest in
    science, mathematics, and computer science who
    are enrolled in at least Algebra I may apply.
  • Applicants must be residents of one of the
    following high school clusters the Downcounty
    Consortium, the Northeast Consortium, B-CC,
    Churchill, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery,
    Rockville, Sherwood, Whitman, or Wootton.
  • Students from other high school clusters can
    apply to the Science/Mathematics/Computer Science
    House at Poolesville HS

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Richard Montgomery IB Magnet Program
  • Countywide program for academically capable and
    committed students interested in pursuing a
    rigorous pre-university course of studies in
    English Foreign Language Individuals and
    Societies Economics, Psychology, History
    Experimental Sciences Mathematics and The Arts
    and Electives.
  • Students successfully completing the program earn
    an MCPS diploma, a Maryland Certificate of Merit,
    and the internationally recognized IB Diploma.
  • Grade 8 students from any MCPS high school
    cluster who are enrolled in at least Level I of
    Spanish, French, or Chinese (or are qualified
    bilingual students who are fluent in those
    languages), Algebra I, and have taken 2 G/T or
    advanced courses may apply.
  • The IB diploma earned at any high school
    offering an IB
  • diploma program adheres to the same rigorous
    testing and
  • essay requirements.

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Poolesville Global Ecology House
  • Poolesville High School began its whole school
    magnet program with Grade 9 students in fall
    2006 however, the Global Ecology program has
    existed for over 10 years.
  • The high school features a whole-school magnet
    program in which students select a specific area
    of concentration from 3 houses, all of which
    provide options for rigorous and advanced
    academic coursework.
  • Global Ecology House students have the
    opportunity to specialize in environmental
    science and social studies as they pursue
    rigorous interdisciplinary science and social
    studies curricula focused on human impact on the
    natural environment.
  • Grade 8 students from any MCPS high school
    cluster who are in Algebra I or higher may apply
    to the Global Ecology House.
  • Grade 8 students who live in one of the
    following high school clusters who are in Algebra
    I or higher may also apply to the
    Science/Mathematics/ Computer Science House
    and/or to the Humanities House Clarksburg,
    Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest,
    Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or
    Watkins Mill

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Countywide Application Programs
  • Science, Mathematics, Computer Science Magnet
    Program Montgomery Blair HS
  • Contact Mr. Peter Ostrander, magnet coordinator,
  • 301-649-8240
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet Program
  • Richard Montgomery HS
  • Contact Ms. Jennifer Hoover, magnet coordinator,
  • 301-610-8100
  • Global Ecology House
  • Poolesville HS
  • Contact Ms. Billie Bradshaw, magnet coordinator,
  • 301-972-7976

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The Visual Art CenteratAlbert Einstein High
School
  • High level half-day program offering a broad
    perspective of the fine arts, art history,
    contemporary artists, and artwork.
  • Students can do ½ day at home high school and ½
    day at Einstein OR transfer to Einstein.
  • Admission is selective. Applicants are evaluated
    on completed art courses, portfolio, personal
    interview, teacher recommendations, and
    transcript.
  • Contact 301-962-1027

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Thomas Edison High School of Technology (TEHST)
  • Half-day program for students in Grades 10-12.
  • Students attend home HS for ½ day and TEHST for ½
    day.
  • Programs such as Interior Design, Medical
    Careers, Cosmetology, Professional Restaurant
    Management, Network Operations, Carpentry,
    Masonry, Plumbing, Autobody Repair, HVAC.
  • 301-929-2181

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  • Students who live in the NEC and attend a DCC
    middle school (and students who live in the DCC)
    are also eligible to apply to the following
    programs in the fall of Grade 8
  • Communication Arts Program (CAP) at Blair HS
  • Designed for students who wish to develop their
    intellectual, creative, and communication skills
    in the fields of media and the humanities.
  • For additional information, contact Anne Cullen,
    Program Coordinator, at (301) 649-2854 or visit
    http//cap.mbhs.edu
  • Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at Kennedy HS
  • A rigorous interdisciplinary education
    emphasizing experiential learning, community
    service projects, and leadership theory and
    application.
  • For additional information, contact
  • Yolanda Rious, Program Coordinator, at (301)
    962-5930,

Application Programs Available to students who
attend a DCC middle school or reside in the DCC
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Application Programs Available to students who
attend a DCC middle school or reside in the DCC
  • Students who live in the NEC and attend a
    DCC middle school (and students who live in the
    DCC) are also eligible to apply to the following
    programs in the fall of Grade 8
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Program at
    Wheaton HS
  • A hands- on, collaborative program for students
    with a strong interest in math, science and
    medicine
  • For additional information, contact Heather
    Carias, Academy Coordinator, at (301) 929-2068 or
    visit www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/speci
    alprograms/high/biomedical.aspx
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering at
    Wheaton HS
  • A rigorous competitive program for students with
    a strong interest in math, science and
    engineering multiple fields of engineering
    explored
  • For additional information, contact Andrea
    Robertson, Engineering Program Director, at
    301-929-2050 or visit www.montgomery
    schoolsmd.org/curriculum/special
    programs/high/engineering.aspx

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Proposed Application-Only Timeline
  • Information nights October 2012
  • hosted by each high school application
  • program
  • Application deadline Early November 2012
  • Testing Early December 2012
  • Notification Early February 2013

Note Students may apply to multiple programs.
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  • THANK YOU PARENTS AND STUDENTS!
  • Need more information?

DCCAPS staff are available to answer individual
questions this evening.
Please complete your evaluation form and return
it to the collection box. Thank you!
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