Academies & Pathways
The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) supports our population of talented youth who excel in the Arts. Students participating in the AVPA will have a choice of one of three areas of focus: music, theatre, or visual arts. The AVPA is housed at Chopticon High School. @ChopticonAVPA
The Academy of Global and International Studies (GIS) provides a rigorous, engaging education where students study specific curriculum related to world cultures, current affairs, history, literature and languages. GIS is housed at Leonardtown High School. @LHSGIS
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program is a rigorous and unique program of study developed by St. Mary's County Public Schools emphasizing the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering. STEM is housed at Lexington Park Elementary, Spring Ridge Middle and Great Mills High School. @SMCPSSTEM
The Academy of Finance (AOF) helps students develop professional skills, receive specialized instruction in business finance and management, and gain an awareness of the marketable skills needed to be successful in the workplace. The AOF is housed at Chopticon High School. @SMCPSAOF
The Academy Handbook details information and protocols for the four St. Mary's County Public Schools' Academy Programs. Contact information can be found by clicking on the handbook link below.