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

Applications will be taken for students entering grades 5 - 9. Applications will not be accepted for STEM 4 during the SY 21-22 application season. 

Applicants will complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applicants will also include a brief essay describing interest in pursuing STEM education and a teacher recommendation from a math or science teacher is required.

Applicants will sit for a common assessment at their home school 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 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


St. Mary’s County Public School System has developed a rigorous and unique program of study emphasizing the core areas of mathematics and science with an infusion of technology and engineering. This STEM program is available to all SMCPS students grades 4-12 through an application process and is housed at three schools: Lexington Park Elementary School, Spring Ridge Middle School, and Great Mills High School.

Within the STEM program, there is an emphasis on critical and creative thinking in all academic coursework as well as an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum. Students are exposed to the most contemporary technologies to develop their scientific inquiry skills, mathematical calculation abilities, and problem-solving techniques. Reading and technical writing skills are developed and refined, and a focus on both verbal and visual communication abilities exists within the program. STEM students complete culminating projects, done both individually and cooperatively, to emphasize and apply learned concepts.


STEM at Lexington Park Elementary

STEM 5 website

Find out more about Elementary STEM with our informational brochure.  

Middle School

STEM at Spring Ridge Middle School

Find out more about STEM for Middle School with our informational brochure. 

High School

STEM at Great Mills High School

Find out more about the High School STEM Academy with our informational brochure.