JOIN US VIRTUALLY ON MARCH 29, 2023!
Visit our event site to learn more about the signature programs SMCPS has to offer. You can visit each academy's Google Meet to speak with teachers and students. There will be two sessions:
- Session 1: 5:30 -6:00
- Session 2: 6:00 - 6:30
Please feel free to enter and leave each academy presentation as needed. This evening is about getting answers to your questions, so do not feel obligated to remain in one academy's Google Meet for the entire session. Links to specific academy Q&A sessions are located on each academy page. Teachers and students from each academy program will be on hand to answer all of your questions. The Information Desk will remain open until 6:45 to answer general academy and application questions.
SMCPS Educational Pathways Application Open!
Academies & Pathways Applications are now open! Apply today!
Please read the following terms and conditions regarding the 2023-2024 SMCPS Pathways Application process.
- All online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2023. No applications will be accepted after that date. There will be no exceptions.
- Applicants will be notified by Friday, May 26, 2023 regarding acceptance status via the contact email address provided on this application. Please make sure your email address is valid and can accept messages from an SMCPS address.
- Please direct any questions regarding this application process to your school counselor. You may also email questions to AcademyPrograms@smcps.org or call 301-475-5511 ext. 32104.
This 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 Spring Ridge Middle and Great Mills High School.
St. Mary’s County Public School System has developed a rigorous and unique program of study emphasizing the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering. This STEM program is available to all SMCPS students grades 6-12 through an application process and is housed at two schools: Spring Ridge Middle School and Great Mills High School.
Within the STEM program, there is an emphasis on critical and creative thinking in all academic coursework as well as an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum. Students are exposed to the most contemporary technologies to develop their scientific inquiry skills, mathematical calculation abilities, and problem-solving techniques. Reading and technical writing skills are developed and refined, and a focus on both verbal and visual communication abilities exists within the program. STEM students complete culminating projects, done both individually and cooperatively, to emphasize and apply learned concepts.