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SMCPS Academy Programs

St. Mary's County Public Schools offers four distinct Academy Programs to better serve a variety of students. 

Information about SMCPS Academies can be found at

CTY Talent Search

The Center for Talented Youth identifies young people of great academic promise and offers summer programs, online programs/courses, and other services/resources.  Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth information can be found at

Destination Imagination

St. Mary's County Public Schools proudly sponsors the Destination Imagination (DI) program for all interested schools and teams. The Destination Imagination challenge program is a fun way to supplement school curriculum and teach kids 21st-century skills. It provides opportunities for kids to work collaboratively, solve problems, and foster their creativity. Click the links below for more information.




The Maryland State Department of Education provides summer educational opportunities for gifted and talented students across the state. Programs are available in a variety of areas to include Creative Writing, Global Languages, and Performing Arts. MSDE Gifted and Talented Centers information can be found at

*Please be advised that the applications for these programs open on or around February 1. The spaces fill quickly. Please check the website periodically if you are interested.

School-Based Enrichment Opportunities

Additional opportunities are available to students. Contact specific school sites for more information. Enrichment opportunities may include the following:

  • Lego Robotics or VexIQ
  • Chess Clubs
  • Drama Productions
  • Elementary Mathematics Challenge Competition
  • FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools)
  • Hour of Code
  • Science Fair
  • STEM Academy
  • Yearbook Committee