Academy Applications Info

If you are new to SMCPS, please contact Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org to learn more about applying for academy programs.

Application Information

Applicants will complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applicants will also include a brief essay describing interest in global policies and the humanities, and a teacher recommendation from an English or Social Studies teacher is required.

Applicants will sit for a common assessment at their home middle schools the week of May 10-14, 2021.

Additional factors may also be considered to include attendance, grades, local assessments, placement in Accelerated coursework, teacher recommendations, involvement in extra-curricular and volunteer activities, and/or student-written essay.

About us

This academy provides a rigorous, engaging education where students study specific curricula related to world cultures, current affairs, history, literature, and languages. GIS is housed at Leonardtown High School.  Follow on Twitter @LHSGIS

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The Academy of Global and International Studies (GIS) at Leonardtown High School provides a rigorous, engaging education where students study specific curriculum related to world cultures, current affairs, history, literature, and languages. Students learn within a trans-disciplinary instructional model to allow regrouping and extension of lessons.

Students in the Academy of GIS are challenged by taking several Pre-AP and Advanced Placement (AP) courses each year of high school as well as specialized GIS designated courses that provide opportunities for students to refine their academic organizational skills, analytic inquiry, oral speaking and presentation skills as well as writing talents. GIS students also complete year-long project-based learning as part of their Capstone project, where they research and present information related to student service, global awareness or community activism.

Find out more with our informational brochure.