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Middle College Program

at Clarksburg, Northwest and Northwood High Schools

The Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools partnership is offering the Middle College Program to qualified MCPS students.  The Middle College program is offered to MCPS students enrolled at Clarksburg, Northwest and Northwood high schools.  Through integrated course sequencing utilizing a combination of Advanced Placement courses, CLEP examinations and Montgomery College coursework students experience a progressive transition during their high school careers. 

Students begin with a traditional high school experience, transition into MC coursework at their high school, and end their senior year realizing a full campus experience at MC.  Information sessions are held at participating MCPS high schools, where students can learn more about the program and degree options available.


In order to participate in Middle College, students should be able to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be a rising 9th grader, planning to attend an eligible MCPS high school offering the Middle College program.
  • Passed Mathematics and English state assessments. Depending on the pathway, advanced placements may be necessary.
  • Have an unweighted 2.75 high school GPA or higher.
  • Belong to a select MCPS high school cluster, based on the high school locations where Middle College is held.


The Middle College program is currently offered at Clarksburg, Northwest and Northwood high schools.  Each school offers a unique degree pathway, managed by their select high school.  Contact the school's Dual Enrollment Program Assistant (DEPA)new window for more information.  All pathway programs are competitive, and due to demand a lottery may be held to determine the students who will participate.


The Middle College schools, pathways and the eligible high school clusters are below.  Students should review the pathway and degree information carefully before submitting their Middle College interest form.  Upon acceptance into the program, the DEPA will reach out to the student and assist in admission and registration each semester.  

Clarksburg Middle College Program
  • Clarksburg HS Cloud Computing and Network Technology Pathway (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
  • Open to the Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, or Watkins Mill high school cluster
Clarksburg Program Admission
Northwest High School's Crystal Gah from the Middle College program at Montgomery College's 2022 Commencement.
Northwest High School's Crystal Gah from the Middle College program at Montgomery College's 2022 Commencement.

Northwest Middle College Program
  • Northwest HS General Engineering Pathway
  • Northwest HS General Studies Pathway 
  • Open to the Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill high school cluster
Northwest Program Admission

Northwood Middle College Program
  • Northwood HS General Studies Pathway 
  • Open to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Churchill, Downcounty Consortium, Northeast Consortium, Walter Johnson, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Sherwood, Walt Whitman, or Wootton high school cluster
Northwood Program Admission

Program Benefits

  • Earn transferable college credits and a 2-year degree at no cost.
  • Engage in academically challenging college level work while still in high school.
  • Students are able to gain experience and familiarity with the professors and homework they will receive and therefore have a smooth transition to a 4- year college and college-level coursework.
  • College campus offers opportunities for events, clubs and experiences which students can take part in these college life activities.
  • Completing the four-year degrees in less time while saving tuition money and presumably incurring less student debt.
  • Access to college academic support programs.
  • Exposure to college while in high school may provide student with more opportunities to change their future and pursue a career that they did not know about or, believe was available to them in a “standard” schooling format.
  • Allows students to overcome some of the biggest struggles that college student will face in their first few months of attending a 4-year university which is the shift in studying responsibilities and establishing good, independent studying habits from the very beginning.
  • Avoids the problem of accommodating bored seniors who have maxed out what their high school can offer them.
  • Can provide more flexibility in later college years. Student might be able to graduate early and enter the career field sooner than your peers. Or, instead of graduating early, student might choose to add another major or minor to diversify their degree.
  • Opportunity to practice skills like time management, communication, organization, and relationship building in a college environment, while you still have your high school support systems.
  • Convenience of taking college classes at the high school, on campus and through distance learning.
  • Student may have the opportunity to participate in college level research and internships.
  • Research shows that these students are also more likely to earn four-year bachelor’s degrees. (American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonprofit research organization).

Contact Us

Comprehensive information and additional links can be found on the Montgomery County Public Schools' Middle College websitenew window.  If you have any additional questions about Middle College, please contact middlecollege@montgomerycollege.edunew window for more information. 

4-Year Institution Acceptances for Middle College Students

Middle College students have been accepted to the following 4-year institutions to complete their bachelors degree
American University 
Berkeley School of Music 
Bowie State University 
Brandeis University 
Brigham Young University-Idaho 
Brown University 
Carnegie Mellon University 
Catholic University of America 
Clark University 
College of William & Mary 
Drexel University 
Emerson College 
Fordham University 
Franklin George Mason University 
George Washington University 
Georgetown University 
Goucher College 
Hofstra University 
Hood College 
Howard University 
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University 

Johnson and Wales University Loyola Marymount 
Loyola University Maryland 
Loyola University Chicago 
Marist College 
Morgan State University 
New York University 
North Carolina State University 
Occidental College 
Ohio State University 
Pace University 
Radford University 
Rochester Institute of Technology 
Richmond University 
Rider University 
Salisbury University 
Spelman College 
St. Mary’s of Maryland 
Stevenson University
Syracuse University 
Temple University 
Towson University 
UC-San Diego 
UC- Santa Barbara 
University of Arizona 
University of Bridgeport 
University of Delaware 
University of Maryland Baltimore County 
University of Maryland College Park 
University of Oregon 
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Rochester 
University of Virginia 
University of Washington 
University of Wisconsin 
Ursinus College 
Villanova University 
Virginia Tech 
Wake Forest University 
Yale University