Overview of DCC Academies

Academy Coordinator: Tricia Gooley

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. Currently, 20 programs are offered at the five DCC high schools.

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 and Business

Carla Mackey, Academy Head

The Academy of Finance and Business has helped meet the needs of an ever changing economy of the last 20 years by preparing high school students for successful careers in financial services and in other related fields.

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International Baccalaureate Program

Kim Becraft, 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

Tricia Gooley, Academy Head

The Renaissance Academy emphasizes the development of mathematical, reading, writing, and public speaking skills and their application in the arts and sciences.

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MCPS Special Program

Visual Art Center (VAC)

Jane Walsh 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.