Application Process

2020-2021 Academy Applications are now open! Apply now!

Please read the following terms and conditions regarding the 2020-2021 Pathways Application process.

  • All online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  April 17th, 2020.  No applications will be accepted after that date.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • All applicants will be notified about acceptance status via the contact email address provided by Friday, May 22nd, 2020. 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.

Links to academy applications

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Use this form to submit a recommendation.

links to online student recommendation form

Academy Information

The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA)

This academy 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. Follow on Twitter @ChopticonAVPA


The Academy of Global and International Studies (GIS)

This academy 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.  Follow on Twitter @LHSGIS


The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

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 Lexington Park Elementary, Spring Ridge Middle and Great Mills High School. Follow on Twitter @SMCPSSTEM


The Academy of Finance (AOF)

This Academy 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.  Follow on Twitter @SMCPSAOF