In Montgomery County, Maryland, we are fortunate to have excellent, high-ranking schools with high Honors, AP and IB participation, making for highly desired neighborhoods and strong property values in these clusters.
With approximately 45,260 students and a 90% graduation rate in Montgomery County high schools, there is much to be proud of a 65.9% AP participation average. All county high schools offer Honors and Advanced Placement programs, but only a handful offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB).
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM (IB)
The eight high schools in Montgomery County that offer the International Baccalaureate program are Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Einstein, Kennedy, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Seneca Valley, Springbrook and Watkins Mill. The IB program is recognized by leading universities and can be advantageous in receiving advanced standing at universities, as well as academic scholarships. All students who attend Richard Montgomery, Springbrook, and Watkins Mill participate in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 9 and 10 even if they did not participate in MYP in middle school.
This two-year program is offered to highly motivated students in 11th and 12th grade. A strenuous liberal arts course is required, along with passing six academic subjects. Students are required to take the Theory of Knowledge course, participate in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) to achieve eight learning outcomes, do research and complete an Extended Essay. Contact individual schools for more information on their IB programs.
The Honors Program offers accelerated courses in Art, Computer Science, English, Foreign Language, Math, Music, Science and Social Studies.
The Advance Placement Program offers courses in Art, IT/Computer Science, English, Foreign Language, Math, Music, Science and Social Studies. Students must have qualifying scores on AP exams to gain college credit or advanced standing in college subjects.
Clarksburg High School has an Advanced Placement Power Scholars Program. It is a 4-year program combining Honors, AP and/or dual college enrollment course work. Taking courses at Montgomery College is an option in the APPS program.
Walter Johnson High School offers a similar program called APEX – Advanced Placement Experience.
The Dual Enrollment Partnership between MCPS and Montgomery College allows college ready MCPS junior and senior high school students to take courses at MC at a reduced cost. These opportunities are available to students at all high schools. Successful completion of approved college coursework allows for both high school and college credit.