Special Academic Programs

Application Based Programs - 4 year programs

  •  APPS (Advanced Placement Power Scholars - Gr. 9 - 12) 
  •  P-TECH (Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program ; Gr. 9 - 12/14, complete program in 4 to 6 years)

Application based programs - 2 year programs


  •  Internships: (Gr. 12 - application form):  Students explore a career of interest. 
         Contact: Patricia _J_Moser@mcpsmd.org 

Career Pathway Programs

     — Academy of Health and Biosciences :(Physical Rehabilitation or Pharmacy)
     — Fire Science and Rescue Program (Offsite but available to Clarksburg HS students) contact: Kirsten_N_Jackson@mcpsmd.org 
     — Computer Science
     — Engineering: Project Lead the Way
     — Network Operations (computer maintenance, repair, security and networking)
     — Early Child Development Student Program
     — College/Career Research and Development (CCRD) 


Offsite Programs:

    — Dual Enrollment: (Gr. 11 / 12) - Enroll through CHS for class(es) on Montgomery College campus. 
                                    Contact Jennifer MacDonald at Jennifer_T_Macdonald@mcpsmd.org
     — Early College Program - For information on the MCPS Early College program, visit Dual Enrollment - Montgomery County Public Schools
      —Thomas Edison Center: Off Campus programs offered in career pathways

     —JNROTC (Gr. 11-12 ) Junior Naval ROTC at Seneca Valley HS



APPS (Advanced Placement Power Scholars): the Clarksburg High School Signature Program

The APPS Program is designed as a four year course of study through which students follow a comprehensive curriculum combining honors level, advanced placement, and/or dual college enrollment course work. The APPS Program is college preparatory. Students accepted into the program are in a smaller learning cohort within a comprehensive High School and follow a rigorous course of study designed to challenge the highly motivated learner. The APPS Program is only available for students who live within the Clarksburg High School boundaries.

The program setting includes both homogeneously and heterogeneously grouped classes integrated within the whole school. Ninth grade students receive structured support and skill refinement through their advanced placement courses as well as through periodic meetings held at school.

The program is designed to offer students flexibility in their choice of classes as they progress though their four years of study, allowing them to pursue individual educational goals and culminates in a capstone research project.

2023-2024 APPS Application

Presentation from September 27th Meeting

P-TECH/APPS Information Night 9.27.23, 7:00 PM

If you have questions or concerns contact Rachel Clements APPS Coordinator at 240-740-6000  or rachel_l_clements@mcpsmd.org


ACES (Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success)

The ACES program is a partnership between Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. It is a selective college readiness program designed to assist students with the college application process. Using a case management approach ACES coaches work with students in the 11th and 12th grade on things such as time management and studying skills, resume writing, filling out college applications, completing financial aid paperwork and scholarships, visiting college campuses, and more.

In order to join the ACES program a student must fill out the application in their 10th grade year and submit the Parent Consent Form to the Clarksburg ACES Coach, Ms. Andrea Johns by January 14. The application can be located at www.montgomerycollege.edu/aces . If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Johns via email at andrea.johns@montgomerycollege.edu.  or call 240-315-3682. 


  Pathway in Network and Info Tech Logo  

Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program


The Clarksburg Pathways in Network and Information Technology Program (P-TECH) is a dual enrollment program that enables participating students to earn both an MCPS high school diploma and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from Montgomery College for FREE while in high school.  Students will complete their high school diploma credits while earning the AAS degree in 4 to 6 years.  The AAS degree will ensure that students will meet industry expectations and gain technical skills and workplace competencies as well as industry certifications.  Skills acquired include software and hardware installation, network and security configuration, forensics fundamentals, virtualization and cloud computing.  

Highlights of the P-TECH Program:

  •  Students complete a rigorous high school technical program including several college courses as part of the Program of Study.   Students also take college courses on Montgomery College’s Germantown campus to complete the AAS degree while in high school.
  •  Students build technical skills and expertise while completing the microcomputer, networking and security program courses.  Students apply these skills in projects and certification exams as well as in internship experiences.
  •  Students participate in Summer Bridge Programs and all activities of the Network Operations courses at Clarksburg, including student computer refurbishment business and sales.
  • Students receive support through industry mentors. Recruitment for mentors is ongoing. If you work in an IT field and are interested in becoming a mentor, click here to find information and sign up.

The P-TECH program is exclusively offered at Clarksburg High School, and the only entry point for this program is at the beginning of ninth grade. The program is open to students whose home high school is Clarksburg, Seneca Valley, Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder, Northwest, Poolesville, Quince Orchard, or Watkins Mill.

The application process is handled through the Division of Consortia Choice and Application Program Services (DCCAPS). Parents of students who are eligible to apply will receive an application link in their parent portal in October. Applications are due in early November.

P-TECH 4-Year Pathway

P-TECH & APPS Information Night

P-TECH Information Night 9.27.23 PRESENTATION

P-TECH Information Night 9.27.23 MEETING RECORDING

P-TECH Application Process

  • Students and parents will be notified in early October of student eligibility for the various high school programs in MCPS
  • HS Common Application will be accessible in ParentVUE on/about October 7 (P-TECH is part of HS Common App)
  • Deadline to apply is November 3, 2023
  • MCPS will send out a ConnectEd detailing the application process for all high school application programs
  • Notification letters are released at the end of January. All applicants are notified with either an invitation or a waitlist number.

If you any questions, please contact Christine Bestel at  Christine_S_Bestel@mcpsmd.org


The Internship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for a student to obtain first hand knowledge of a career or field of study. Students have an opportunity to explore and clarify personal career interests and link school to work or areas of future study. They gain valuable work experience, apply academic learning to real world situations and earn elective credit toward their high school diploma. Students must be rising seniors with a solid 2.5 GPA and good attendance.
The best internship experiences are those which the students have actively secured. This requires that each prospective intern participates in the search for a work location. It requires completing an application packet creating a resume which will be carried to the interview and given to the prospective employer.

For more information contact Ms. Trish Moser at Patricia _J_Moser@mcpsmd.org

DUAL ENROLLMENT - A Montgomery College/ Montgomery County Public Schools Partnership

Advanced high school students accepted to Montgomery College (MC) are dual enrolled in college and high school providing an educational experience beyond what is available at secondary schools. Select high school juniors and seniors who meet the college’s Dual Enrollment standards may enhance their schedule with college courses work and experience the independence of college-level study while also earning college credit.
The program enables high school students to:
• Take Montgomery College courses at their high school, on campus, or online.
• Experience an actual college course taught by outstanding college professors.
• Graduate high school with college credit which may be transferrable.
• Save money on college tuition
• Accelerate college completion
• Gain additional skills needed to succeed in college.

Students interested in learning more about enrolling in Dual Enrollment should fill out the Dual Enrollment Interest Form here to enroll in the Dual Enrollment MCPS Classroom: 

Click Here for the Duel Enrollment Interest Form

There you will find a wealth of resources, recordings from information sessions, videos, how-to-modules, and step by step instructions.

Jennifer Macdonald can be contacted at Jennifer_T_Macdonald@mcpsmd.org

Career Pathways:

Career Pathways are focused programs of study, that can align courses with future career goals. Most programs of study include the opportunity to earn certifications useful in the work world as well as college credit at Montgomery College and other institutes of higher learning. Those programs at CHS earning certifications are marked with an asterisk.

Science Department Pathways:

Computer Technology Education (CTE) Department Pathways:

School Initiatives:

CAP (Coyote Advisory Program)

The Coyote Advisory Program supports student-athletes academic eligibilty for sports. The program motto is “STRIVE FOR A 3.25” is supported by increasing communication between students/teachers/coaches/parents
Coaches receive grade reports for student-athletes. Those with D/E grades receive a CAP Sheet to bring to teachers/parents for support in raising low grades.

Contact Karen Taylor for more information: Karen_Taylor@mcpsmd.org

EOS (Equal Opportunity Schools)

 EOS (Equal Opportunity School): Equal Opportunity Schools’ mission is to ensure students of all backgrounds have equal access to academically rigorous high school programs—and particularly that low-income students and students of color have opportunities to succeed at the highest levels.

Clarksburg High School is an EOS school.