Overview of DCC Academies

Academy Coordinator: Tiffany McEwan

Albert Einstein High School, along with Montgomery Blair, Wheaton, J.F. Kennedy, and Northwood are the schools of choice in the Down County Consortium (DCC). Each of the DCC high schools offers courses of study so students may explore future career possibilities and/or better prepare themselves for post-secondary education.

When choosing a high school, middle school students should consider the Academy Programs offered at each of the schools so that their interest and their high school of choice match.

Academy of Finance, Careers and Technology (AOF)

Carla Mackey, Academy Head

The Academy of Finance, Careers and Technology introduces students to the broad career opportunities available in the financial services industry. Additional pathways include Computer Science, College & Career Readiness, Hospitality Management & Technology Education.

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International Baccalaureate Program

Dr. John Howard, IB Coordinator

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program provides highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum based on a global perspective.

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Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

Tricia Gooley, Academy Head, Performing Arts

Sarah Harnish, Academy Head, Visual Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy provides students with a strong academic program that develop the skills necessary to have prosperous careers in the visual and performing arts.

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Renaissance Academy for College Readiness

Tiffany McEwan, Academy Head

The Renaissance Academy emphasizes the development of college readiness through 21s Century Skills and their application in all subject areas. Includes multiple opportunities to earn college credit through dual enrollment with Montgomery College and the AP Scholars program. Also includes the MD Seal of Biliteracy.

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The Teacher Academy of Maryland

Melanie Abercrombie, Academy Head

The Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program prepares students for postsecondary education and careers in the field of education. . Upon completion of the TAM program and passing the ParaPro exam, students are prepared for postsecondary education and some employment options.



MCPS Special Program

Visual Art Center (VAC)

Sarah Harnish and Mygenet Harris, Academy Heads

The Visual Art Center (VAC) offers students a broad perspective of the fine arts and deepens their understanding of the opportunities for art-related careers through exposure to art history, contemporary artists and artwork. This rigorous and comprehensive program, directed toward portfolio development, enables students to realize and achieve their full potential in visual art. Lessons consist of lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio activities, assigned research and group critiques. Most graduating students study fine arts or commercial art at a higher level.