The Downcounty Consortium includes five high schools and their feeder middle and elementary schools—Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton. Each DCC high school offers distinctive academy programs designed to capture students’ interest, incorporate rigorous academic course work, explore possible career pathways, and bring real world relevance to students’ education. More about the DCC
Review the DCC process frequently asked questions.
Contact your student's school counselor, call the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) at 240-740-2540, or via e-mail.
Si desea información en español favor llamar al (240) 740-2540.
As a family going through the Choice process, we recognize the new inforform shared of potentially three years at a holding location (Woodward HS) versus two years may impact your rank order of choices. We wanted to provide you an opportunity to consider all the information available and if needed, be able to change your choices until November 20, 2023, on the Choice form link: bit.ly/choiceDCC/
Round 1 Choice forms were due on November 8, 2023. Round 1 school assignment letters will be mailed home in mid-January 2024. For students who did not receive their first Choice, you may resubmit original choices into round 2 of the lottery process. Please see the school assignment letter for directions. Round 2 resubmit forms are due by February 9, 2024
Newly Enrolled 8th grade students or students who attend a NEC middle school and live outside the boundary area can participate in Round 2 of the Choice lottery process. Instructions will be mailed home mid January . The Choice form will be available at bit.ly/choiceDCC/. Forms are due by February 9, 2024.
DCC Parent and Open House Presentations
Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 who would like to request a different DCC high school for the 2024-2025 school year may submit a Change of Choice request form using the link below.
Change of Choice requests are due by February 9, 2024. Notifications will be mailed home in mid-March 2024.
Change of Choice FAQ's
Do you live within the DCC boundaries? Need to enroll your child in high school?
Please email DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org or call 240-740-2540 to begin the process. Please allow 36 hours (or less) for a response.
For additional information about the Choice process and/or the DCC, contact your child's school counselor, or call Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services(DCCAPS) office at 240-740-2540 or email DCCAPS@mcpsmd.org.
An appeal process is in place for those who may have a unique and verifiable hardship or unforeseen circumstances that could warrant override the school assignment process. To appeal, you must submit a letter explaining the reason for the request to the director of DCCAPS. Please include your students name, MCPS ID number, parent/guardian signature, and phone number. The appeals process is now closed. The appeals process opens in March of each school year.
Optional Appeal Form
Last Update: 11/20/2023
Wheaton Open House Recording (October 2021)