- Virtual Middle College Presentation - October 2022 (Presentation ONLY. No recording)
Virtual Middle College (VMC) is a joint MC and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) academic initiative that allows qualified MCPS high school students the opportunity to enroll at Montgomery College, taking college credit courses to earn their high school diploma, while also earning a college degree through an online/virtual college experience. Students from all MCPS high schools may participate in the Virtual Middle College Program, while still enrolled at their home MCPS high school. The college credits are earned through online MC courses. Students are supported through a progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to online/virtual college courses.
Students are provided with dedicated college-readiness support including preparation for required college course assessment and placement. Beginning in grade 9 students will participate in pre-college activities and workshops as they matriculate through a designated Virtual Middle College pathway towards the online Associate’s degree and high school diploma.
The Virtual Middle College offers students the opportunity to earn a degree in Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Information Sciences and Systems, Early Childhood Education Technology, General Studies (Social Science, Administration, and Health; Humanities, Art, Communication, and Languages; or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and Information Sciences and Systems.
More information on the degree pathways can be found HERE.
In order to participate in Virtual Middle College, students must be able to satisfy the following requirements:
Information on the application process, tuition, fees, and financial assistance can be found HERE.
The college credits are earned through a combination of courses including Advanced Placement courses and corresponding test scores, CLEP examinations, and/or MC courses. Students are supported through a progressive transition from a traditional high school experience to a college-like experience on the high school campus, and finally to full college coursework and experience on the college campus.
During this transition, students are provided with dedicated college preparation including preparation for the college placement and admission assessments. Students will matriculate through a pathway towards the Associate’s degree beginning in grade 9. The link to the schools' contact and web page for additional information are below.
This program is open to current Grade 8 students who reside in one of the following high school clusters: Clarksburg, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, or Watkins Mill. For students within the Northwest High School attendance area, there is no cap on the number of seats available. The interest form should be completed and will serve as an indication of program interest; it will be considered for pre-placement purposes only. For students who live outside of the Northwest High School attendance area, there are currently 32 seats available. If there are more requests than the 32 seats available, a lottery will be conducted.
Limited Transportation is available to students who reside within the Northwest attendance area outside the walking distance as deemed by MCPS Transportation. For more information about transportation provided for this program please refer to the MCPS OPTIONS Booklet at: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/enrichedinnovative/options/
Northwest HS Engineering Pathway SAMPLE
General Studies at Northwest High School
Northwest HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
Northwood HS General Studies Pathway SAMPLE
The Middle College Program at Clarksburg High School focuses on Pathways to Network and Information Technology (P-TECH). Admission to this program is competitive. To be eligible for the program, students must be in Grade 8. A lottery is conducted for enrollment.
This program is open to students who reside in one of the following high school clusters Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, or Watkins Mill. For more information, please see Cloud Computing and Network Technology at Clarksburg High School.