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Montgomery College Middle College (MC2) at Northwood Presentation

For details on the Montgomery College Middle College (MC2) program at Northwood, including a breakdown of courses students are to take each year with links to details about those courses see:

The DCC Choice process is a high school assignment process for DCC Grade 8 students. DCC residents are assigned during Round 1 and transfers-in during Round 2. The MC2 program is an application (optional) program available to students assigned to Northwood HS. This program is located at Northwood HS and has been available to Northwood HS students since 2014. New for 2019–2020 school year, there are 32 seats available for interested out of DCC area students.

Please see the for updated information.

2018 Middle CollegeLearn More About Middle College

Northwood Middle College students were among the first from MCPS to graduate with an Associate Degree from Montgomery College May 18, 2018 before they received their high school diplomas! See for details.

Read more about Northwood MC2 , including financial information, from Montgomery College’s Insights magazine at

Middle school students preparing for the choice process can hear about what Middle College is like from current Northwood MC2 students:

Mission Statement

The Montgomery College Middle College at Northwood program provides a rigorous, structured, and supportive academic program to all Northwood students.

The program ensures that students are afforded the necessary opportunities to complete both high school graduation and Montgomery College Associate of Sciences degree requirements, while supporting students through a progressive transition through high school to college.

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What Is Middle College?

A Middle College program "is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges." Middle "college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college." - Early College High School Initiative

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Choice of 4 Core Subject Areas

There are four cores, and each core allows for an interdisciplinary exploration of related disciplines. Students select one of the following four core areas to focus their study:

Studies in Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages : The Humanities, Arts, Communication and Languages Core allows students to begin their studies in the following areas: English, Film, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies and World Languages. For more information see HACL (Humanities, Arts, Communication, and Languages).

Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: This core allows students to begin studies in various STEM disciplines. For more information see STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Studies in Social Sciences, Administration and Health: The Social Sciences, Administration and Health Core allows students to begin their studies in the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. For more information see SSAH (Social Science, Administration, and Health).

Integrated Studies: This core was created to be a flexible way for students to explore more than one core areas at the same time. The INTG Core can be a unique way to discover different discipline areas as students plan their studies at Montgomery College and beyond. Some of the ways students have used the INTG Core is within a transfer plan for allied health fields such as kinesiology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work and other major fields of study. For more information see INTG (Integrated Studies).

Program Benefits

The Montgomery College Middle College (MC2)@Northwood program provides these benefits to students beyond traditional high school:

  • Possibility of earning a General Studies A. A. or A. S. Degree at the end of high school
  • Enhances the college admissions profile
  • Possibility of shortening time spent in college and the costs of room and board while there
  • Possibility of decreasing the cost of college tuition and fees
  • Dedicated preparation for college placement test
  • Dedicated support for AP and college courses

2018 Middle College Graduate 02General Program Timeline and Structure

9th through 12th grades

  • General high school courses with support
  • Dedicated one semester ACCUPLACER support course
  • Dedicated one semester writing support course
  • Montgomery College Courses as appropriate
  • MC courses taught on NHS campus student’s 1st MC enrolled year
  • MC courses taught on MC campus(es) student’s 2nd MC enrolled year

All grades

  • After‐School AP and MC course support
  • Integrated writing support and preparation toward college‐level writing
  • AP support course for exam retake preparation or CLEP exam
  • In‐school tutoring

2018 MC2 GraduateA.A. Degree Program Structure

  • 8th grade – Program recruitment
  • 9th grade – General high school courses and 1 AP course with dedicated support
  • 10th grade – General high school and AP courses with dedicated ACCUPLACER preparation and Writing Support courses. Students take the ACCUPLACER in the fall and take their first Montgomery College course in the spring semester taught on the NHS campus. Students take a second distance learning MC course in the Summer 1 term from the end of May through the end of June.
  • 11th grade – High school AP courses with Montgomery College courses taught on NHS campus
  • 12th grade – High school courses with Montgomery College courses taught on MC campus 

Next Steps

  • August to October – Student recruitment through middle school visits, DCC meetings, NHS Open House, dedicated MC2@N meeting PRIOR to final DCC Choice selection
  • October to March – General Scheduling
  • March to June – Articulation meetings with qualifying students and parents