Academy Applications Final Week

Academy Applications will close on Friday, May 7th at 11:59 p.m.

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:

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


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.