Application Process

The 2021-2022 Academic Academies Application process is now open! Apply now!

Apply to our academic academies

Please read the following terms and conditions regarding the 2021-2022 Pathways Application process.

  • All online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  May 7, 2021.  No applications will be accepted after that date.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance status via the contact email address provided on this application by Friday, May 21, 2021. 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 or call 301-475-5511 ext. 32104.


Recommending parties please use this form.

form to recommend a student for an academy

All applicants must have at least ONE recommendation on file.

Current STEM 5 and STEM 8 students do not need a teacher recommendation to continue in STEM. Current STEM 8 students need teacher recommendations to complete their applications to all other academy programs. 

Requesting a Recommendation

Applicants are responsible for providing the recommending party with a "Academies & Pathways Recommendation Request" form. Please print & fill out the form, and give it to your recommending teacher when you ask them for their recommendation. It has information they will need.

Copies of this form are available from your guidance counselor or this link:

SMCPS students are provided many options in completing high school coursework. They can enroll in a variety of courses that match their interests and career goals. These choices offer SMCPS students the opportunity to explore different subjects or to dig deeper into a college preparation program or the world of work.

Academy Programs have specific course requirements which are mandated by the academy leadership. If accepted into an academy, specific course and schedule requirements will be provided.

Explore your options:

Application Information

Please visit each academy or program page to view application specifics and requirements.